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14 year old Danny is a significantly high-level young carer for his mother who has multiple conditions, she is in a wheelchair and is unable to use her arms which makes it impossible for her to leave the house. She is also unable to read and write. Due to the nature of his mother’s disabilities and ill-health, Danny also plays a huge part in caring for his young sister. This puts huge responsibility on Danny and understandably he often presents as very withdrawn and very tired. Danny’s social worker referred him to CHICKS for a break.
His CHICKS break gave him the chance to take part in many activities in which he revelled. One of the leaders said that he particularly enjoyed the freedom of playing on the beach – exploring the rocks and skimming stones. One of the break leaders said “His positive experience and energy had a wonderful impact on those who felt nervous. His reluctance to let himself go in front of his peers gradually wore off as the week progressed and his confidence soared. He also found it easier to interact with the adult leaders as the break went on.” Danny said “I loved my time at the beach as well as rock-climbing and football and the leaders were funny, kind and friendly and my time at CHICKS was really fun and good experience”.
Like all the children on his break, Danny benefited in so many ways from his time at CHICKS, creating lifelong memories and a renewed confidence.
A referrer explained how young carers referred to CHICKS for a break, return with a renewed confidence: "The new activities offered to them has given them the chance to experience what many of their peers take for granted, they too know they can now do these things, such as horse riding or challenging themselves on the climbing wall.
"On collecting the children for their return journey they were so excited and could not stop talking about all the wonderful activities they had taken part it; the new friends they had made but you could also see the improved friendships with each other.
"Young carers do not get the chance to experience the activities on offer to them via CHICKS so it is so lovely to see their shared enjoyment and the fact that they can go back to school and share this with their peers.”
If you support or work with young carers in a professional capacity you can refer a child for a CHICKS break. Head over to our Refer a Child page to find out more.
But there are so many more young carers who, like Danny, are in desperate need of a break from caring responsibilities. If you are able, please donate here.