We had twenty children plus two staff from the Young Carers Group. They were split into three groups. Indoors they did napkin folding to make waterlilies, icing biscuits and making butter. In the spinney they planted primulas which they took home and made fat balls and strings of apple and sultana to feed the birds which they were able to watch from the hide.
The third group took a walk through the parkland stopping to play “pooh sticks” on the bridge over the river and seeing the deer in the distance. They visited the lambing pens and one lucky group even saw a lamb being born. The Soroptimist’s supplied a picnic lunch and although we were not really able to use blankets we have donated some for the group to use when the weather improves. After lunch Judy led the children on an Easter Egg trail. The activities were run by a very enthusiastic team of National Trust Volunteers.
The Project supports young carers from ages 8-25 who are caring for close family or relatives and may not have access to the help they need. Support includes allowing the carers to take part in regular activities for their age such as trips, music festivals and fishing. Some of these activities are offered to the project free of charge, however, many are paid for through fundraising/donations. The Project also aims to raise public awareness of unpaid carers in Warwickshire with visits to schools.
To find out more visit www.warwickshireyoungcarers.org.uk