A group of young carers from the Harrogate district were recently given the chance to visit Nidderdale Llamas and take the animals for a walk.
Carers’ Resource was fortunate enough to be invited to the farm, near Pateley Bridge, as part of a scheme to provide therapy and educational sessions.
The farm has almost 100 llamas and alpacas, which are very therapeutic, calm and gentle creatures.
Linda Hall, Young Carer worker at Carers’ Resource, said: “It was an incredible experience for the young carers and they got so much out of it. Many of our young carers have a tough time and it does them so much good to take a break and get out into the countryside. They loved spending time with the llamas and alpacas and finding out all about these fantastic creatures.
“We’re very grateful to Nidderdale Llamas for selecting our young carers to benefit from this trip. We hope to be able to take another group of young carers to visit the llamas and alpacas again soon!”
One young carer said: “It was amazing, absolutely amazing. I enjoyed meeting them all, and going on the walk, spending time with them and finding out all the facts about them.”
Another added: “It was really great to do something I have never done before, I love animals.”
Suzanne Benson, owner of Nidderdale Llamas, said: “So far all who have engaged in our llama and alpaca therapy sessions have loved every minute, the animals are so calming and bring such a sense of good wellbeing, encouraging smiles and the feel good factor.”
Nidderdale Llamas have recently been awarded funding to host therapy and educational sessions at the farm. To find out more about Nidderdale Llamas go to www.nidderdalellamas.org