DURING the school holidays a network of carer support groups are providing a summer of activities for young carers.

Schools might be out for the summer, but for thousands of Cumbrian pupils, the work continues as unpaid Carers for a member of their family.

Across the county, more than 8,000 children and young people under 18 years old provide care and support throughout the year for members of their family.

Summer Activities 2022 got underway in Furness on Monday, July 25 with the Stephenson School of Dance taster session where young carers will present a 5-minute show for parents and carers after their dance session at St Mary’s Social Centre in Ulverston.

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Carer Support South Lakes provides activities for young carers 24/7, online with their Kids Activities to do at home. From musical and Disney quizzes to scavenger hunts and craft ideas, there is something for all ages of young carers.

Debi Marsden, Carer Support South Lakes CEO said: "The mental health and wellbeing of kids is essential. We began collating together activities and things for kids to do whilst at home during lockdown, and it has been so successful we have continued these activities on our website. 

"Children in Need have also put together a Stay at Home activity pack that can be downloaded from the same page on our website."

"During the school holidays, we organise trips and activities for our Young Carers. Past trips have included bowling, ice skating, climbing, shopping, swimming, theme parks, archery, and a chocolate factory, which allow young carers to get away from their caring role for a while.

“This summer we will be having three overnight trips to Tower Wood where the young carers will be partaking in a number of outdoor activities such as canoeing, paddle boarding, high ropes, kayaking, orienteering and bush craft.

“And we are also taking a day trip to Castle Head where they will be pond dipping and some assault courses, as well as a day at Brantwood where they will learn about John Ruskin, look around the house and the grounds and do some outdoor activities.”