Serving the people of Bradford, Harrogate, Selby and Craven Districts

11th September 2023

Spectacular summer of activities for young carers

Young carers supported by local charity Carers’ Resource have enjoyed a fun-packed summer of activities.

Carers’ Resource organised a range of exciting activities for young carers from the Bradford, Harrogate, Craven and Selby areas.

Activities for Bradford young carers included a mountain bike adventure, kickboxing session, tour of Bradford City’s stadium, visit to White Scar Caves and to Bradford’s VR City, pond dipping at Hardcastle Crags, forest school session, cooking sessions and trampolining. In addition, the charity arranged a family trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and a visit to Junkyard Golf in Leeds with young adult carers.

Craven young carers had wonderful summer experiences, including paddleboarding and alpaca trekking. They also visited Hardcastle Crags and White Scar Caves, as well as Go Ape, Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival and Fountains Abbey.

Harrogate young carers took part in axe throwing, zorbing, paddleboarding and a masterchef day, where they showed off their cooking and baking skills. They also had fantastic days out at Flamingo Land, Lightwater Valley, Go Ape and Fountains Abbey.

Carers’ Resource also arranged fun trips for Selby young carers to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Go Ape and Lightwater Valley.

These events were made possible by funding from FEAST, the Holiday Activities and Food programme, and generous donations.

Carers’ Resource is extremely grateful for the funding and donations that have helped create amazing memories for our young carers. Without donations, the charity wouldn’t be able to run so many activities and trips.

Jo Gregory, Bradford and Craven Young Carer Service Manager, said: “It’s been an incredible summer for Bradford and Craven young carers who have been able to have a summer of respite and fun with their peers. There have been some lifelong friendships formed and young carers have enjoyed new experiences and pushed their boundaries along the way.

“A huge thank you to our amazing volunteers, the wonderful organisations who’ve supported us and of course the young carers and families who have joined us throughout the summer.”

Linda Hall, Harrogate Young Carer Worker, added: “We have provided an exciting summer of activities for our amazing young carers, who have really enjoyed themselves. The activities gave young carers a chance to have fun and have different experiences with other young carers, whilst also having a break from their caring responsibilities.

“Thank you to all the organisations who helped fund these activities. Your support has helped make a difference to the lives of young carers.”

Kate Vincent, Selby Young Carer Worker, commented: “We have organised some wonderful trips this summer for our young carers in the Selby district. The trips have given our young carers a chance to get together with other young people, have fun and have a break from their caring responsibilities.  We made new friends and some wonderful memories.”

Young carers help to look after someone, often a parent or a sibling, who has an illness or disability. Some young carers do lots of physical tasks to help, such as cooking and cleaning or helping someone take medicines or get washed. Some young carers don’t do any of these things but they do spend a lot of time worrying about someone, or staying at home to be with them.

Carers’ Resource provides a range of support to help young carers, including fun trips and activities in school holidays, youth clubs and one-to-one support.

The service is designed to support young carers’ well-being and resilience, to help them achieve their potential as successful, happy adults. If you are able to help with fundraising for young carers’ trips and activities, please email or call us on 0808 50 15 939.