Young carers enjoy a day out at WWT Arundel

Young carers were thanked for their tireless work of looking after loved ones with a free visit to the WWT Arundel Wetland Centre on Sat 24 February.

The visit by a group of nine young people from West Sussex Young Carers Family Service was made possible through the WWT’s partnership with the National Garden Scheme. The national charity Carers Trust’s work with the National Garden Scheme to organise visits to outdoor spaces for carers of all ages to take a break from the pressures of their day-to-day responsibilities.

Along with a tour of Arundel Wetland Centre, the young people went on a Wetland Discovery boat safari, visited the Willow Sphere and and attended the Diving Duck feed in the Coastal Creek Aviary. Their said a major highlight of their visit was the Pelican Keepers talk.

WWT Arundel’s Centre Manager, Claire Hogben, said:

“We were so excited to welcome this group of young carers from West Sussex Young Carers Family Service to WWT Arundel and show them what our site has to offer, thanks to our partnership with the National Garden Scheme. Just a short time spent in wetland nature can boost your mood, so we were delighted to host a full day of fun activities and provide the carers with a well-earned break. We hope we inspired a connection between these wonderful carers and nature, and that they enjoyed their wetland adventure.”

National Garden Scheme Chief Executive, George Plumptre, added:

“Bringing together our partners WWT with Carers Trust and young carers from West Sussex, one of our beneficiary charities, for a wonderful, educational visit to the Arundel Wetland Centre is a great example of how working together with the shared goal of improving health and wellbeing – for people and planet – can have really positive impacts. We’d like to acknowledge the huge generosity shown by WWT for hosting the visit and for helping to raise awareness of the importance of wetlands while providing young carers with the opportunity of having time away from their daily responsibilities in such an inspirational space.”

Nicola Foord, Family Support Key Worker at West Sussex Young Carers Family Service, said:

“We had a fantastic day supporting nine of our young carers at the Arundel Wetlands Centre. It was a great day and the Wetlands staff and volunteers were extremely welcoming and attentive.”

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