A summer and year of fun for young carers thanks to The Summerfield Charitable Trust.

We are delighted to have recently received a generous £10,000 grant from The Summerfield Charitable Trust. This money will fund a jam-packed calendar of activity days for young carers this year which will include sports days, outdoor pursuits and day trips.

We run activity days each year for young carers aged 8-16 to provide respite from their caring roles. These fun activities enable the young people to feel like children again without the worry of caring for a relative and offer opportunities they might not otherwise have. Each day has a different theme ranging from arts and crafts, sports, forest outdoor activities and trips out and all with wellbeing and positive mental health underpinning the activities. The days help to build self-esteem, encourage healthy lifestyles, build resilience and helps young carers maintain emotional well being. They also provide an important opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, gain peer support and form friendships for life.

“We are so grateful for this generous donation to fund our young carer activity days for this year. After what has been such a turbulent and worrying time during the pandemic for the young carers we support in Gloucestershire these opportunities to reconnect, have some fun and take a break from their caring roles for a day or two are even more important. Thank you so much to the Trustees of Summerfield from the team at Gloucestershire Young Carers”. Sally Gillespie – Fundraising and Marketing Manager.