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Fun for Young Carer Families

A breath of fresh air for Young carer families during COVID

During summer 2020 as part of our response to the effects of COVID-19 on vulnerable young people, the Trust helped young carer families enjoy a safe, relaxing day out at Redwood Outdoor Learning Centre on our Slimbridge estate – an experience beyond their normal reach throughout the pandemic.

Liz MacKenzie, who heads-up our Schools Programme, worked her magic to ensure young carers and their families made the most of a rare day in the outdoors together doing whatever activity most suited their needs. From pond dipping, den building and exploring the woods to orienteering and toasting marshmallows around the campfire – all were risk assessed with appropriate hygiene and safety measures in place so families could fully relax in safety.

Organised in collaboration with Gloucestershire Young Carers, Youth Development Worker Laura Ritchings says, “We always enjoy working with The Ernest Cook Trust, their days out are a lot of fun and informative, as young carers get to have new experiences ‘in the wild’. Their family offer is especially welcomed this year as it gives families the opportunity for a safe day out and a shared positive experience.”

One comment from a young carer family summed-up their appreciation, “Thank you so so much for yesterday! We all had a fantastic time! Your endless knowledge and patience was just perfect.”