A Project which holds fun days for children who look after their parents has celebrated its recent history as fundraising dries up. On 24th of February a Celebration Event was held for the Avon Young Carers and their families to allow everyone to celebrate the amazing experiences from the past two years.
The Young Carers Nature Challenge is an inspirational Big Lottery Fund and Natural England funded project, working with young carers in Bristol, Somerset & Wiltshire. The aim of the project is to give young carers respite from their caring responsibilities, whilst engaging them in fun, outdoor, nature-based activities. It also gives them a chance to meet other young carers.
The Young Carers Nature Challenge has been running for almost two years, and in that time we have led a range of fun, nature based activities for over 450 young carers and their families.
The project will unfortunately come to an end on March 31st when the funding from Big Lottery Fund ends. However, we would like to continue the work, and are currently applying for more funding.
Rose Archer, Bristol Project Officer for The Conservation Volunteers said: "It's such an inspirational project to be a part of. It's obvious that the young carers benefit immensely from the outdoor activities."
"When we're at home we hardly get to go out and don't have a chance to play. So it's really good to come outdoors and have all this space to run around and play in".
The Celebration day saw free vegetable BBQ and drinks, insect hotel building, designing vegetable signs for allotments, pinecone birdfeeder making, a bug hunt and other games.