King’s Lynn event gives young carers ‘Time for Me’

Craft fun at the young carers' Time For Me event at Lynnsport. Pictured, back from left, are, Keiran Nimmo (volunteer), Lou Durrant (tutor), Lesley Bambridge (West Norfolk Carers Trustee), and Jackie Taylor, and front, parent helper Lisa Addis.
Craft fun at the young carers' Time For Me event at Lynnsport. Pictured, back from left, are, Keiran Nimmo (volunteer), Lou Durrant (tutor), Lesley Bambridge (West Norfolk Carers Trustee), and Jackie Taylor, and front, parent helper Lisa Addis.
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Nerf gun wars, wall climbing, and arts and crafts were just some of the activities enjoyed by young carers during a special event this week.

Around 40 young carers from across Lynn and West Norfolk took a break from their caring roles when they were joined by their families at the Time For Me session at Lynnsport on Tuesday.

The event, organised by the West Norfolk Carers charity, offered the unsung heroes the chance to let their hair down and enjoy some quality time with family and friends.

Other activities included mindfulness and yoga sessions, which a number took part in, and young carers workers were on hand with help and support if needed.

Emma Kandjou, a young carers worker at West Norfolk Carers, said the day was a great success.

“Each young carer was asked to rate the day and everyone gave it five out of five,” she said. “You could really see by the smiles on their faces they had a great time.”

“All activities saw parents supporting their child to achieve,” she added.

“Great team spirit was seen during the climbing wall experience and the Nerf gun allowed the young carers to burn off energy as well use their team skills.”

Organisers were also pleased to see a number of carers unknown to the charity’s young carers service, who were given advice to access the support available to them.

The Lynn News is currently raising £10,000 to expand the charity’s young carers service through our Somewhere For Me appeal.

Anyone wanting to donate can fill in and follow the instructions on the coupon, or visit www.westnorfolkcarers.org.uk and click the pink ‘donate’ button. Anyone organising a fundraiser in aid of the appeal can also get in touch with reporter Amy Collett on 01553 817322 for publicity before and after the event.