AN innovative project, led by Carers Trust Wales, will this week see young carers and their families from across Carmarthenshire come together for a mini ‘olympics’.

The event, held at Parc Y Scarlets, will include a range of sporting activities and a positive wellbeing workshop to help young carers build resilience through mindfulness.

The mini ‘olympics’ is being held as part of Active Young Carers, a new project pioneered by Carers Trust Wales which works in partnership with Carers Trust Carmarthenshire Crossroads Care, to get more young carers involved in physical activities across Carmarthershire.

Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund Wales, the project will address the lack of opportunities for young carers to engage in sport or regular physical activity and the impact this has on their physical and mental health.

The last census showed that there are 7,544 young carers in Wales, a figure that is likely to be a significant underestimate because of low levels of recognition and identification.

Young carers provide care to another person, who without their support would be unable to cope. Often, these young people are caring for relatives without the knowledge of education, health and social care professionals, even though their caring role creates demands that impact on their health, wellbeing and life chances.

Nerys Sales, who leads the Active Young Carers Project for Carers Trust Wales comments: “We are really excited about the difference that Active Young Carers project can make to young carers’ lives. Sports and other physical activities have proven to be incredibly beneficial for mental health and wellbeing.

“Through our project we’ve already demonstrated the value of sporting facilities and organisations engaging proactively with young carers to ensure that there are accessible programmes in place which are inexpensive and easy to take part in.”

If you would like to find out more about the work of Carers Trust Wales please visit here.

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