Young Carers take time to have fun

Young carers have fun
Young carers have fun

Active Luton has teamed up with CHUMS, to run a young carers project, aimed at young people who look after siblings and other family members.

They are signed up to the scheme and are entitled to to take part in ten activity sessions for £1 each.

Young carers

Young carers

They will also receive an Active Luton membership card which gives them other discounts.

The Trust is encouraging them to take time out for themselves and improve their health and wellbeing.

Helen Barnett, chief executive of Active Luton, said: “It is very tough for young people who dedicate so much of their life to caring for younger brothers or sisters or look after family members due to illness or disability. Too often they forget about themselves.

“This is why we’ve teamed up with CHUMS to run this project which allows young carers to take some time out, have some fun, meet new friends and improve their health.

“This is a fantastic project and the young people have told us how much of a positive impact it is having on their lives.”

Activities can include swimming, gym, group fitness classes, table tennis, badminton, pitch and putt and foot golf.

They are entitled to three of the £10 vouchers in any calender year.

Alex Dencheva, Young Carers and Mentoring Coordinator at CHUMS, said: “Our young carers service in Luton offers a variety of workshops and activities to support children and young people with caring roles.

“The upcoming young carers Christmas party at Inspire on 30 November will include family swimming, a festive lunch and a celebration. We are also providing assistance to families who cannot get to the venue.”

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