Carers Trust Scotland working with young adult carers to help them Realize their Potential

Carers Trust Scotland were delighted to work with the Empowering Professionals to Support Young Carers in Scotland youth advisory group to help them consider their future and Realize their own unique Potential. In October 2017, Carers Trust Scotland took 11 young adult carers to a 3 day residential training weekend at the World Peace Sanctuary in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, to work with them to consult and consider their own aspirations for their future and discuss self-management.

Over the course of the 3 days the young people took part in a range of activities form discussion, group work, games, art and music. Through these activities the young people considered their own aspirations for further and higher education, money management, employability and volunteering.

The young people also took part in a range of activities aimed to increase confidence, learn new skills and team working. One of these activities included learning about and experiencing Taiko Drumming, a style which originated in Japan.

Through their work with Carers Trust Scotland, the young people have also registered for a Scottish Qualification Award in Volunteering and once completed will be awarded this qualification for all of their engagement and participation in activities. This qualification could help them in reaching their own aspirations for their futures. This residential opportunity evaluated very well and here is what some of the young adult carers said:

“Loved learning new skills and being able to relax”
“Can’t believe how this weekend has affected me; I feel beyond happy and welcome”
“I feel like I can focus on my long term goals and also continue to reach my short term goals”