Every summer our Young Carers team works hard to organise lots of different day trips and residentials. We are very grateful for all the businesses that help facilitate these outings through very generous donations and discounts.
We kicked off the summer with a visit to the stables! Kinfauns Stables kindly offered 9 young carers the opportunity to go along and not only learn how to ride the horses. Whilst they were there they also learned how to groom and look after them as part of their summer programme.
We were very fortunate to enjoy lots of sunny summer days this year in Perth and we took advantage of this by spending lots of time outside. This year 16 secondary school aged young carers had a fantastic day out at Willowgate Activity Centre where we took part in a wide range of activities including canoeing, zorbing and archery as well as team building activities.
During the summer we also travelled through to visit all the animals in Edinburgh Zoo! We loved it so much we visited twice taking 27 young carers through in total.
We also spent some time through in Dundee. A group of 15 primary school aged young carers enjoyed a sunny day out in Camperdown Park visiting the animals in the morning and then in the afternoon we winded down and went to the Cinema to see Mama Mia. We also took another trip to Dundee to Broughty Ferry Beach and played Laser Tag afterwards!
At the beginning of the summer break, we were able to offer 15 primary school age Young Carers a 5 day residential to CHICKS in Darby. 3 members of staff and the 15 young carers set off on the train for their fun-filled adventure on Monday and returned on Friday. The 5 days were jam-packed with all kinds of activities such as rock climbing, caving, swimming, hill walking and a trip to a football stadium.
In July we also returned to the Scottish Young Carers Festival for an overnight stay in a field with 10 young carers! This was a fun filled 2-day event where there were countless workshops and activities to get up to from tree climbing to virtual reality workshops. On the first night, Magician Billy Reid performed, following that there was a silent disco which was great fun. Although the rain didn’t stay off, that didn’t dampen our moods and everyone had a ball.
At the end of the summer break 10 fortunate young carers got to go on the ultimate boat experience through the Ocean Youth Trust. This was a 5 night residential where the young carers learned how to sail the 22m Yacht, The Alba Explorer. Whilst on their adventure the young carers had the chance to take the helm (drive the boat), put up the sails and learn ropework. Whilst on the trip the young carers were partly responsible for making their own food and even had a bake-off. The young carers took away a “Start Yachting Award” from the Royal Yachting Association.
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