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Young carers in summer break

CHILDREN and teenagers from Solihull Young Carers are enjoying a very busy summer.

CHILDREN and teenagers from Solihull Young Carers are enjoying a very busy summer.

Various activities have been organised over the six-week holiday to give members some time away from their carer responsibilities.

The group has around 45 members aged nine-18 and every single one looks after somebody in their family.

Cathy Cook, project worker, said: “There are various reasons why the members have to look after a relative - it could be mental illness, a physical disability or substance misuse.

“We always hold activities during the holidays because it gives the youngsters a break.

“We’ve had a trip to West Midlands Safari Park, a puppet show for the younger ones and next week we’ll be having a water fight!”

As well as the days out, the charity offers one-to-one support, general advice and advocacy.

“We just want to raise awareness about all the young people out there who have caring responsibilities that some people don’t consider,” said Cathy.

“And there are many cases when the carers don’t realise themselves how much they do.

“Because they’ve done it for so long, it’s become the norm and they just get on with it.

“What we’re trying to do is make sure they are given support and have the chance to have fun now and then.”

Solihull Young Carers is this month’s featured charity in the Handmade Burger Gives Back campaign.

All this year, the Touchwood restaurant is donating 25p from certain burger sales to charity.

Ten good causes stand a chance of winning the jackpot at the end of 12 months - with customers deciding who should get it.

To find out more about Solihull Young Carers go to



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