Fun and Friendships with Solihull Carers
It was a day for fun and friendships as children from Carers Trust Solihull joined pupils from Eversfield Preparatory School for an afterschool swim and splash session. The event had been organised to offer some respite and a social fun opportunity for young carers facing challenges in their daily lives.
Members of the School Council welcomed 16 children from the Trust’s young carers’ community for a special pool-time fun session hosted in the School’s on-site swimming pool and sports complex.
Carers Trust Solihull provides young carers age 5 to 25 with advice and guidance on their caring roles, offering access to mentoring and peer support, and runs a busy programme of activities enabling them to meet, socialise and have fun. Events and Activities Coordinator Barry Noy said: “Fun social activities like the event Eversfield hosted make an enormous contribution helping us to continue our vital work supporting these wonderful, incredible young carers. All the children who attended the event do such a fantastic job looking after their poorly, disabled or long-term ill family members and never ask for anything in return."
“Their lives as carers can be very much impacted and they often miss out on things that their peers may take for granted. This event means that we can give them an opportunity to get out and have some much-needed fun. Swimming is an activity that many of the young carers had expressed a wish to take part in, but due to safety and safeguarding issues the Trust had never been able to organise a suitable event for the children to take part in. The children were so excited when they heard we were organising a fun swimming session for them and we are hugely grateful to Eversfield School for offering us such a warm welcome and hosting the event on-site in their sports complex.”
Shona McGrory, who oversees the work of Everfield’s School Council and charity outreach programme, said: “Compassion is at the heart of our school code and our charity outreach programme offers the children the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of how they can contribute back to society and support those in the community less fortunate. We are delighted to be in a position that we can extend the use of our facilities to the young carers; some wonderful friendships were forged with our pupils at the event and they all had an unforgettable afternoon of fun.”
To get involved and find out more about the work of Carers Trust Solihull visit www.solihullcarers.org