Crossroads Caring for Carers Cowal & Bute launched Crossroads Young Carers Cowal & Bute in March 2016 with grateful support from The Community Fund and The Robertson Trust. Now nearly 5 years on our team, young carers and families want to keep the project going.
155 young carers aged 5 and 24 years access the project for one to one support, after school groups, in school support, holiday activities, advocacy and much more - even residential trips away.
Our young carers and their families tell us that this has a positive impact, provides opportunities for new experiences, increases friendships, improves self esteem and confidence and gives them a break from caring. Young carers are encouraged to participate in the project planning of all activities including after school groups, holidays activities and having a voice on the issues that are important to them, our Young Carers also interviewed the staff team!
Young Carers take part in activities including Movie & Popcorn nights, Pottery, Arts & Crafts, Baking, Swimming, Ice skating, Climbing, Kayaking, visiting places of interest, however it often means a trip in a hired minibus and a ferry journey! Locally we are lucky to have so many beaches to play games on, have a picnic and splash in the water - when its not too wet and cold outside.
Covering two geographically challenging areas, Bute and Cowal the Young Carers team is made up of, Mags the Young Carers Manager, Mo Cowal Young Carers Support Worker, Lorna Outreach Young Carers Support Worker, Eileen Bute Young Carers Support Worker, our ever so important Admin support provided by Morven and our lovely Young Carers Sessional Workers, Chris, Daniel, Ross & Yvonne. We are all keen to ensure Young Carers are supported to meet their individual needs.
We have included some pottery tiles that the Young Carers made to tell us some of their challenges and some of the things they like.
Please do take a look at our facebook page, many of our young carers are quite shy so they prefer people to see the activities they are doing rather than them.
For more information please see our webite http://www.cyccb.org.uk/