Young carers in Norfolk enjoy activity day

Young carers who devote so much of their time to looking after loved ones have been enjoying a special day of creative activities in Norwich.

The day, organised by Crossroads Care Norfolk Young Carers Project, was designed to give young carers from across the county a well-deserved break and a chance to take part in activities such as beat boxing, street dancing, vocal workshops and theatre games.

About 150 young people aged between seven and 18 years old took part in yesterday's event at The Garage which was funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Among them was 15-year-old Zoe Webb, from Eaton in Norwich, who has looked after both her mum and dad for the past five years,

She said: 'It was hard looking after them to start off with but now I am used to it. It is nice to have a break and the activities day was really fun. The beat boxing was hard but really good and the street dancing was good too.'

Sisters Hannah and Emma Cargill, 18 and 16, from Great Yarmouth, look after their father.

Hannah said: 'It is important to have days like this because you get a break and it is a day that is just for you.'

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Fourteen-year-old Callum Rose, from Wymondham and who looks after his mum, added: 'It is difficult being a young carer and days like yesterday are important because they allow you to go out, meet people, and make new friends.'

The activity day was chosen by the Norfolk Young Carers Forum which was launched by the charity Crossroads Care last August. The forum is made up of 14 young carers who work on highlighting the needs of young carers.

Jo Brown, participation worker for the forum, said: 'All of the young carers are amazing. They work so hard and the idea behind the activities day was to give them a day to just enjoy being young.'

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