Young carers initiative nets generous donation

Pictured are some of the Pointers Lewis senior young carers group outside Pointers Youth Centre with Holly Martin and Strada Macleod.

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Men’s and women’s football teams from the Western Isles Island Games Association (WIIGA) have donated £330 to Pointers Youth Centre’s Young Carers Programme.

Pointers Youth Centre has senior carers groups in Lewis and Harris for secondary aged young people. It also runs a monthly junior young carers group in Lewis and Harris for young carers in primary 4 to 7.

At these groups, young carers come together to relax away from the stresses and strains of their caring responsibilities. They enjoy fun activities and chill out time and are provided with a healthy meal.

WIIGA men’s team manager and Comhairle Active Schools Co-ordinator Eric ‘Strada’ Macleod said: ‘Euan Macleod, women’s manager, and I had a conversation about both WIIGA squads donating towards a local charity as part of the Children in Need initiative.

‘We are aware of the amazing work young carers in the Western Isles do through our work with them and our conversations with Pointers and the youngsters themselves.

‘Both teams were more than happy to donate and were fully behind our recommendation to donate towards the young carers.

‘Players from both squads made a personal donation at their respective training sessions.’

A Pointers spokesperson said: Young carers had an especially tough time of it in 2020. Without being able to go to school, some young carers haven’t had the usual daily break from their caring roles and some of them have seen a significant increase in their caring responsibilities.

‘Thanks go to WIIGA and all other local individuals and businesses who have supported Pointers and the young carers. It is very much appreciated.’

Pointers Youth Centre is a purpose designed youth café which opened in its current location in 2000. Ideally situated and open to all young people, it hosts various groups and drop-in sessions.

For more information about Pointers Young Carers, or to find out about any of the other groups run by Pointers, email pointers@cne-siar.gov.uk or visit the www.cne-siar.gov.uk website and go to the Pointers Drop-in Centre page.