Best fest for young carers

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Young carers will be taking a break next week and having fun at a special festival in Oban.

Outdoor games and cool workshops will be just some of the activities at the one-day event being organised on Tuesday October 12 by North Argyll Carers Centre.

Glencruitten woods and walled garden is the venue for the Young Carers Festival.

Carers aged 11 to 18 are invited to go along for a day of well-being, exercise and positive mind set. Activities will include pilate, willow weaving and much more, says Young Carers Services co-ordinator Agnes Ingram. The town’s Wee Happy Health Club will also be there.

The idea of the festival is also to help raise awareness of young carers and the roles they have.

‘We want people to know if they are struggling, they are not on their own. We are here and we can help you,’ added Agnes.

The Young Carers arm of North Argyll Care Centre supports eight to 25-year-olds, in this area it is helping more than 100.

A Young Carer is someone aged between eight and 18 who helps to care for another person, usually a family member, who has a physical or mental disability such as paralysis, blindness or autism, or an illness like cancer, depression or dementia.

​Although caring is something to be proud of it can sometimes be difficult and limit chances to go and have fun and make friends. It can be isolating so it helps to meet other young people who understand, and have adults who can provide support.

​As part of the Young Carers Service there are two term-time after-school  clubs being held under Covid measures and during the school holidays there are day trips and breaks away. The service can also work on a ‘one to one’ basis.

There is also a Young Adult Carers Group for over 18s to 25s where support can be given from housing and health to careers and education.

​To find out more about the festival or how to give support, you can call Agnes on 01631 564422 or 07392 090319 and you can also email her at agnes@northargyllcarers.org.uk