Cornwall’s Young Carers Family Fun Day

On Saturday, I attended  the second Family Fun Day organised by Action for Children, Kernow Young Carers service at The Wadebridge Showground. The day was enjoyed by almost 150 children, young people, aged 3-18 and their families. I have to say the day was seen to be a huge success with plenty for everyone to do from cuddling a snake or holding a giant owl to face painting, a dance workshop, climbing wall and BBQ. As well as being staffed by members of the team from Action for Children, local volunteers from the service were also there to lend a hand.

During the event it was good to see two of Cornwall’s MP’s attend. Thanks to Dan Rogerson and Sarah Newton for taking the time to visit and see the good work by Action for Children and Kernow Young Carers.

The event would not have been the success without the support of  various organisations and performers.  Music was provided by Tom James, entertainment by Swamp Circus and Flava as well as stalls from Cornwall Food Foundation and the Wave Project as well as a range of arts and crafts activities, a climbing wall, skate ramp and bouncy castle.  Thanks should also go to Mark’s Arc and is animals. I saw many children and their families getting to hold some of Mark’s animal. The most popular was the python. snake

Particular thanks go to Wadebridge Rotary Club who provided the BBQ, food (free of charge) and the volunteers who worked hard all day to make sure everyone had drinks and food. The Flava Dance group provided both entertainment and a dance workshop which were hugely popular and to top it off, The Moorlanders Motor Cycle Club drove in on their motor bikes and presented a cheque to Action for Children for £1000.

Kernow Young Carers service is commissioned by Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow and is a service which is growing day by day as more children and young people are supported by the service. As well as the fun day, there are holiday activities, support in schools, local support groups and some one to one support for those who need it most.

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