The Rotary Club of Folkestone recently arranged a bowling event for ten young carers from Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh who were bowled over by their half-term treat from the area’s Rotary clubs.
The group of youngsters were taken ten-pin bowling in Ashford in the morning and were later treated to a lunch.
It’s a privilege as Rotarians to make things like this happen – it’s the least we can do to help Young Carers who care for family members in physical, practical and emotional ways.”
It was one of four great trips organised this year by the Rotary Clubs of Folkestone, Hythe, Channel and Romney Marsh.
All of the youngsters were nominated by Imago, which is Kent County Council’s organisation that supports young carers.
By the end of the morning, some of the Rotarians and Imago leaders had joined in on the bowling and everyone seemed to be having an amazing time.
Kate McNeice, Folkestone Rotary Club’s joint President this year, said: “It was so good to see these lovely young people who have extra responsibilities in their lives being just young people having fun.
“It’s a privilege as Rotarians to make things like this happen – it’s the least we can do to help young carers who care for family members in physical, practical and emotional ways.”
A young carer is anyone under 18 and helps to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem.
It is currently estimated that there are over 800,000 young carers in the UK and a large proportion of those carers will be having to put their social lives and education to take on the mental and physical duties that come with looking after a relative.
Rotary clubs such as the ones mentioned in this story are dedicated to supporting young carer’s in any way they can.
In the summer, young carers and their families went to a Hog Roast hosted by Romney Marsh Rotary Club, where they also played at putting, croquet and other family fun games.
The Rotary Club of Hythe has already booked a trip to a pantomime and the Channel Club is planning to take the youngsters on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in the Spring, with lunch and amusements included.