A group of young carers from Monmouthshire and Caerphilly enjoyed a memorable day of archery, orienteering, arts and crafts and high rope activities in the stunning surroundings of the Hilston Park estate near Monmouth this month.

The group of young people, who all have significant caring responsibilities at home, enjoyed a full day of activities and a break from their caring role in a special event organised by Monmouthshire County Council Carers Team in conjunction with Caerphilly County Borough Council, Barnardo’s and Carers Trust South East Wales Young Carers service.

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

Launched in 2002, the Carers Trust South East Wales Young Carers service works to give giving young people a break from their caring responsibility and improve the lives of young carers and their families. The Young Carers team run a number of events and residential breaks for young carers every year that focus on helping young carers in a range of ways – from reducing social isolation through to developing new skills. The event was opened by Monmouthshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health.

Julie Boothroyd, Head of Social Care and Health at Monmouthshire County Council said: “I am so pleased to see this event take place, it is vital to for our young carers to have opportunities to have fun. Many young carers lead busy, complex lives and for this group to take a break to be children is very important. Monmouthshire County Council are committed to improving support for young carers and it’s great to see how many schools in the county are either working towards or have already secured Carers Trust South East Wales Young Carers in Schools accreditation.”

Carers Trust South East Wales Chief Executive Gareth Howells said: “Events like this are so important for young carers, as it gives them the chance to socialise, get involved in activities and take a break from caring. Our Young Carers team work really hard to support young carers across Monmouthshire and ensure that the children and young adults we work with get the best opportunities to do the things most young people take for granted.”

Caerphilly County Borough Council Carers Coordinator, Geraldine Powell, said: “Caerphilly Carers Team were delighted to join forces with Monmouthshire County Council, Barnardo's Young Carers Service and Carers Trust South East Wales for a day of fun, problem-solving, team work, friendship and good food at this year's Young Carers Rights Day. The theme of the day was to let our youngest superheroes have a day to enjoy and spend time with others who do the same amazing job. We were also able to give out some well-deserved gifts and prizes as an extra thank you. Here's to next year!”