CHICKS Well-Being breaks
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. CHICKS frequently receive referrals for children who are…Read more
Olly* recently came on a CHICKS break. This is his story.
9 year old Olly is a young carer. Both Olly’s parents suffer from mental health issues. He supports his mother who suffers from fibromyalgia, split personality disorder and a number of other mental health issues. Olly’s mother doesn’t leave the house and is heavily dependent on him, constantly looking to him for reassurance.
Olly’s father is a recovering alcoholic and is often in and out of the family home, last year he tried to take his own life which had a huge emotional impact on Olly and his brother. Olly has been under tremendous pressure from the overbearing weight of caring for both parents and his brother, at just nine years old. Understandably he has been struggling emotionally, as well as having ADHD himself. A CHICKS break was recommended by his referral agent.
When Olly arrived at CHICKS he was visibly excited about the week ahead. He was very chatty and quickly made friends within the group. Olly had a lot of energy, but channelled it well via the activities, getting stuck into whatever was available to him. He particularly enjoyed climbing which was his favorite activity of the week exclaiming that “going through the cave was the best bit!”
He very much enjoyed the range of food that was provided and claimed to have some “very good sleep”. One of the break leaders said “this has been a chance for Olly to unwind and just be a child, and he has fully taken advantage of that”. We hope to be able to welcome Olly back to CHICKS in 2019 for another much needed break.
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The total cost per break per child is £970. In order to provide respite breaks for more children like Olly, we rely wholly on the generosity of our supporters - we receive no government funding. This year alone we need to raise £1.7 million in order to facilitate all the respite breaks planned..
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