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Minibus Helps Carers Take A Break

Last month our young carers and staff got together to celebrate the Carers' Centre minibus, which has just been wrapped in the centre's colours.

The vehicle provides vital transport for adult and young carers to get to and from breaks and respite.

The minibus, which is wheelchair accessible, is especially needed for young carers living in north east Somerset who may find it difficult or impossible to take time off from supporting family members.

Breaks for young carers help them to connect with their peers and spend time enjoying a childhood, away from the stresses and responsibilities of caring for an ill or disabled relative.

Steve Newman, the Young Carers' Officer who provides direct support to children in caring roles, said: "It is important for young carers to have the opportunity to take a break, and be afforded the same experiences as all young people.

"Before the minibus we struggled to afford transport, but we now have a sustainable way for young carers to access the activities and breaks they deserve."

The bus also contributes to the Bath Carers' Centre's green initiatives by taking groups of people to events rather than having to rely on separate cars or taxis.

The bus was provided by Bristol-based charity The Wheels Project, which uses their vehicle workshops to help vulnerable youth learn life skills, practical training and connect with peers. The completed vehicles are then gifted to other community groups.

Caring for someone can be incredibly stressful, exhausting and isolating, and is a daily reality for seven million people in the UK, and at least 3,000 children living in Bath and north east Somerset.

In England, one in 12 young carers spends more than 15 hours a week looking after a parent or sibling, one in 20 misses school and they are 50 per cent more likely to have special educational needs or an illness. Young adult carers aged between 16 and 18 years are twice as likely as their peers to not be in education, employment or training.