Afternoon of fun activities for young carers

Some of the young carers during the fun afternoon in Burgess Hill
Some of the young carers during the fun afternoon in Burgess Hill
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A free Young Carers Fun Afternoon was held during half-term at Fairfield Community Centre, the home of Burgess Hill Youth in Burgess Hill.

It was a very successful event attended by 23 young carers aged 6-11 years.

Young carers are children and young people who help look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled or has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol.

They may have direct caring responsibilities or may be someone whose life is affected as a result of living with someone who has these conditions.

With so many adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn.

The Fun Afternoon provided an opportunity for the young carers to have fun and try out a range of activities including pond dipping, cake decorating, art and crafts, badge making, bag decorating and much more.

The event was organised by the Mid Sussex Young Carers Partnership, comprising Burgess Hill Youth, Burgess Hill Town and Crossroads Care South Central.

The Friends of Green Circle Network were also there and led a pond dipping activity. The event was funded by the Budding Foundation.

Town Mayor, Councillor Jacqui Landriani, said: “This is the 35th event we have organised for our young carers.

“We know that they usually work quietly behind the scenes supporting their loved ones.

“However what they do is invaluable which is why Burgess Hill Town Council is committed to supporting them and providing opportunities for them to take time out, relax and have fun.”

Paul Myles, from Burgess Hill Youth, said: “It was great to see another good initiative come to fruition creating a most enjoyable fun day for young carers whilst embracing a multi-agency team spirit.”

The Young Carers Partnership is planning an ongoing programme of activities for young carers in Mid Sussex.

For information about future activities contact Jennifer O’Grady on 01444 238207 or email Jennifer@burgesshill.gov.uk.