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Stoke Damerel Community College

Empowering Young Carers: Glowing Stars Shine at YMCA Young Carers Festival

Our Glowing Stars young carers had an unforgettable opportunity to attend the prestigious YMCA Young Carers Festival at Fairthorne Manor in Southampton.

The journey to the festival was filled with excitement, adventure, and memorable experiences that left a lasting impact on the young participants.

The young carers were greeted with a range of enriching activities and opportunities to enjoy a well-deserved break from their responsibilities. The festival provided a safe and inclusive space for them to have fun, forge new friendships, and most importantly, have their voices heard on issues that directly affect them.

Throughout the weekend, the festival featured an array of engaging activities and exciting events. From dazzling fireworks lighting up the night sky to a vibrant radio station, the festival buzzed with youthful energy and creativity. The "voice zone" allowed young carers to share their perspectives and thoughts, empowering them to be heard and valued.

There was a "chill out/pamper zone" where the young carers could unwind and indulge in moments of relaxation and self-care. Live bands and a disco provided the perfect backdrop for laughter and dancing, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie amongst the attendees.

Adventure was never far away, with thrilling activities challenging the young carers to push their boundaries and embrace new challenges. The memories created during these escapades will undoubtedly be cherished for years to come.

As the festival came to a close, the students were exhausted but filled with an overwhelming sense of joy and gratitude for the unforgettable experience. They eagerly anticipate the next year's festival, counting down the days until they can once again relish in the camaraderie, laughter, and empowerment that the YMCA Young Carers Festival provides.

At SDCC, we take immense pride in nurturing and supporting our young carers, and witnessing them thrive and shine. This festival reinforces our commitment to their well-being and happiness.