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Perranporth Young Carers

We gave 20 young carers a free break to YHA Perranporth. Much more than a holiday from their responsibilities, this respite trip gave these young people from a deprived area the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, learn to surf and spend time with peers who know exactly what they’re going through. Crucially, these precious few days away brought happiness and hope for the future.

Youssif, who has cared from his mum since he was five, said “It has been an amazing, refreshing experience. It’s allowed me to relax and be myself around people on the same wavelength.”

Cuts to youth provision in their area mean that these young people simply would not have been able to take this break without YHA and the generosity of our supporters.

Because of this trip, these young people had taken more exercise, improved their communication skills and reported greater wellbeing.

With your help, we can transform the skills, perspectives and futures of more young people.

Chelsey’s story

Serious injury or medical illnesses such as cancer, can be very traumatic and life changing for adults, let alone for young people. At just 14 years of age, Chelsey was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo some invasive surgery, as well as aggressive radio and chemotherapy sessions. In addition, she lost two thirds of her right leg muscle and her feet suffered painful nerve damage. It is against this backdrop that she happened on an opportunity to gain particular support with her difficult journey of recovery.

Working with our partner Climbing Out we delivered a five day residential outdoor activity programme which helps rebuild confidence and self-esteem post injury or illness.

We support young people to attend the week taking part in a wide range of outdoor activities including climbing, kayaking, gorge scrambling and hill walking, all of which are bespoke to the needs and capabilities of the young people.

Apart from the sense of enjoyment and achievement taking part inspired, these trips have helped Chelsey form new friendships.

YHA can help more people like Chelsey if you choose to make a contribution.