Young carers will benefit from this

Crystal group gives young carers a break

Young carers meet.

Published on Friday 4 November 2011 09:46

YOUNGSTERS who look after sick relatives are given a chance to enjoy their childhood at a playgroup.

Life is not always easy for some primary school-aged children who have to care for unwell relatives or do the food shopping or house work.

But West Norfolk Carers provides these youngsters, aged between seven and 11, with a few hours of relaxation during their Crystal Group sessions.

Some of these youngsters will benefit from trips out and transport thanks to the Lynn News Young Carers Appeal.

We have teamed up with West Norfolk Carers to raise £100,000 to help improve the lives of youngsters, who are caring for sick relatives.

During the Crystal Group sessions on a Wednesday, 15 children have fun playing on the Wii or having a go at a variety of craft activities. They also enjoy snacks.

Staff and volunteers also run storytime.

One of the volunteers is Anne Trueman, who understands the importance of the group.

She was left weak and walking with crutches after contracting the flesh eating bug necrotizing fasciitis. Anne needed the help of her children Connor, now aged seven, and four-year-old Chloe around the house.

Connor was able to join the session and enjoys it so much that he still attends. Anne has been volunteering for a year.

She said: “I like being with the children and I want to put something back.

“I like the thought that they are coming here and they are enjoying it.”

An 11-year-old girl, who did not wish to be named, said that she gets a lot out of the sessions. She said: “I get to meet people and have fun. It gives me a chance to have some fun.”

Another 11-year-old girl enjoys the sessions as she meets with her friends.

She said: “I get to be with my friends. It gives me a chance to relax and not worry.”

One of the group leaders, Jackie Haverson, is calling on people in the area to get behind the appeal to support youngsters like these two girls.

She said: “These kids need the help and we need donations.

“Thanks to everyone who has donated so far.”