A Weekend to remember was lived again for 36 of our Young Carers. On Friday 28th June - Sunday 30th June 2019, both Barking & Dagenham and Thurrock Young Carers Projects were fortunate enough to attend the 20th annual Young Carers Festival in Southampton. This is was our third time attending and it did not dissapoint. All of the Young Carers enjoyed a weekend of fun activities, social time and respite from their caring roles. 1,400 young carers from all over the country attended at the weekend long event and new friendships and opportunites were created all round.
On the Friday we were greeted by the friendly YMCA volunteers, who showed us to our camp site - where Dean set about putting up both of the staff tents! Once we had all unpacked we went to check out our surroundings and were so suprised at the vast amount of stuff there was on offer to everyone! We even had some performances on the main stage!
On Saturday the activities opened and this was where the real fun started. The Young Carers had the choice of paddle boarding, climbing, Jacob's ladder, zip lining, arts and crafts, yoga sessions, Zumba and a Stunt show, to name just a few. One of our Thurrock Young Carers had the oppurtunity to talk on the YCFM radio where she got to interview the Care minitster, Caroline Dinenage.
After dinner all of the Young Carers headed back to their tents to get ready for the night ahead including lots of glitter, where there was a choice of a movie night under the stars or our personal favourite the silent disco! All of this was happening along with fairground rides and entertainment. The night was magical and everyone had an amazing time.
By Sunday we were all sad to be saying goodbye to the new people we had met. Overall the group had an amazing time and an unbeatable experience.
Click HERE to see this years offical Young Carers Festival Video.