During the final weeks of July, Exeter Student Volunteers welcomed around 50 Young Carers to Summer Adventures, a project aimed at providing much deserved respite. A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative with a disability, physical or mental illness, or drug or alcohol problem. According to Devon Young Carers, young people with caring responsibilities can struggle to keep a social schedule, something which can become particularly isolating during the Summer break. Having opportunities for these young people to make friends minimises these feelings of isolation and having friends in a similar situation improves wellbeing of carers when they know others who face similar issues at home.
Volunteers hosted a residential during the first week of the project, followed by a day camp for younger campers, with activities ranging from Backyard Olympics, day trips to Crealy, and music workshops in Kay House. At the end of each week, volunteers celebrated the individual achievements throughout both camps with an Awards Ceremony, including pizza and a special visit and congratulations from the Deputy Lord Mayor!
ESV are delighted to report that this year’s Summer Adventures has been another huge success, helping to expand young carers’ mutual support network and increase their sense of connection to the local community. Campers are already keen to return next Summer, so be sure to keep an eye out for more information from ESV on how to get involved with their flagship project next year!