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185 Young Carers and their families have received a surprise summer goody bag thanks to Community First’s New Forest Young Carer Service.
Support Worker Sue Ward said “we had to cancel our usual summer activity programme because of the pandemic and social distancing guidelines so we wanted to do something special to make up for it. Thanks to some generous donations from Meeting Point, Barton-on-Sea Methodist Church and Ringwood Rotary we actually had some money to spend so we had a magazine printed, got together some craft materials, toys and games and hopefully have provided some fun for the whole family. And thanks to our amazing volunteers we managed to deliver them to everyone’s home within a week!”
The bags have been going down really well with lots of positive feedback including one mum who said “we had such a fun afternoon trying some of the things out – yes, it even got a teenager away from his games console!”. Another parent emailed to say “Thank you to the wonderful Young Carer team for our goody bag. The children were thrilled and we have been doing the puzzles in the magazine. It was lovely to receive a little party bag to celebrate the weird year we are having. As always you do amazing things for all of us”
The New Forest Young Carer Service works with Young Carers and their families, providing support, advice and activities that tackle social isolation and encourage Young Carers to expand friendship and support networks while offering essential respite and time out, giving them the opportunity to enjoy their childhood. For more information please contact Marie on 01425 482773. You can also find them on Facebook @NewForestYoungCarers and Twitter @NF_YoungCarers.