A generous donation from Bewdley Rotary Club to the Worcestershire Young Carers project at YSS will give two young carers a place at next year’s Young Carers Festival.

The Bewdley Rotary Club kindly donated £200 to Worcestershire Young Carers, which is a project at YSS that supports children and young people aged between seven and 25 years old, who help to look after a parent, guardian or sibling within their home, who is ill or has a disability. The annual Young Carers festival will take place on 29 June – 1 July 2018, at YMCA Fairthorne Manor in Hampshire, and will see more than 1,800 young carers come together to relax, have fun, socialise and have their voices heard about issues that affect them.

The kind-hearted donation followed the annual National Rotary meeting where the President, David Rees, heard personal testimony from three young carers. He said: “We are delighted to be able to support young carers in Worcestershire. We hope this donation helps to provide a new experience and plenty of fun for two young carers, as they attend the annual Young Carers Festival.”

Neil Phillips, Senior Project Coordinator at YSS who oversees the Worcestershire Young Carers project, added: “We are really grateful to everyone at Bewdley Rotary Club for choosing to provide funding for two young carers to attend the Young Carers Festival. This is a really important event for our young carers, providing them with a chance to have some fun and have a break from their caring roles, whilst having the opportunity to mix with people who are going through similar situations.”

Worcestershire Young Carers is a project funded by Worcestershire County Council and provides support to over 400 young and young adult carers in Worcestershire every year. The project also receives funding from Children in Need, to fund a Participation Support Worker to work with young carers and help get their voices heard, whilst generous donations from members of the public help to ensure YSS can continue to deliver a range of clubs and activities, from a trip to the seaside to a visit to the pantomime.

If you’d like to get involved and support young carers in Worcestershire, why not donate £10 to help pay for a Christmas ice skating trip? For many young carers, these clubs and activities provide the only chance to experience what most people take for granted – the chance to be a child or young person without the responsibility of caring for someone else.

Donate or find out more by visiting yss.org.uk

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