This year we have 23 dedicated Exeter Student Volunteers who have given up part of their summer break to make a difference to 62 young carers aged from 8-16yrs from around Devon.
It is widely acknowledged young carers feel even more lonely and remote from their friends during the summer.
So, summer adventures along with Westbank who offer support for young carers during the year work together to offer fun and fulfilling activities, alongside a residential stay for the older children.
Every year Westbank carry out feedback forms from the children and parents and we use this feedback to influence the following years activities.
This year’s project leaders Megan Robison and Emma Morgan have raised a substantial amount of money from Children in Need, the Big Lottery and Greggs Foundation to offer these children fun activities and days out during their stay on campus.
This year the days out have been Crealy and Pennywell Farm, for the younger carers, as well as art and craft activities on the other days.
The highlight of last week was Pudsey visiting the children to hand out achievement awards.
The older carers stay for a week in Holland Hall and can meet and bond with other young people in the same situation.
They are visiting Escot and Go Ape this week along with other activities on campus.
We always find it very emotional at the end of both weeks as children and volunteers form great friendships, making it tough to say goodbye to everyone.