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Art attack! North Somerset Young Carers’ AirHop makeover

YOUNG carers in North Somerset were invited to Bristol trampoline park, Airhop to get creative and transform one of its activity spaces.

Our Carers Support Alliance offers support for young people who are carers for family members who are ill or disabled, experiencing mental health problems or struggling with addiction.

During half term Airhop invited 15 young carers to its trampoline park in Patchway, Bristol to give one of its party rooms a musical makeover. With the help of graffiti artist, Tom Sturgess the group spray painted the space with a DJ design.

Our Carers Support Alliance, which is supported by North Somerset Council, with funding from BBC Children in Need, the YMCA and other charitable organisations, offers one-to-one support for young carers, regular meet ups, support with education and employment opportunities and coordination of day trips and school holiday events for young carers in the county.  

Mandy Summers, our Head of Neighbourhoods and Sustainability, said: “We’re proud to offer a lifeline to young carers to relieve some of the stresses that go with caring at a young age.  We know that having caring responsibilities can make life much harder and can make young people feel different to other people their own age.

“Young carers often miss out on school and social opportunities, so Alliance’s support service is somewhere they can go for help and to meet other young people who have experienced caring at a young age.”

Liccy is 14-years-old and has been involved with the Carers Support Alliance for nearly 10 years. Her younger brother has multiple complex needs. She said: “If I ever need anyone to talk to there’s always someone there for me. It’s great to be able to meet others going through the same things. A highlight for me has been the trips out; Go Karting, ice skating, drama workshops and so much more. I’ve made so many lifelong friends because of the Carers Support Alliance.”

Ian Perrett, General Manager at Airhop Bristol, said: “We were delighted to be able to work with the young carers. Their energy was truly inspiring as was hearing about their stories and some of the challenges they face on a daily basis. I’m proud to be part of such an amazing project and I hope they had as much fun at AirHop as we had having them here.”

BBC Children in Need works throughout the year to ensure that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood, and the chance to reach their full potential through supporting services like the Carers Support Alliance. It relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK, who donate their time and money to put on events supporting the Appeal. 

Tune into BBC Points West tonight (14 November) from 6.30pm to watch the graffiti project take shape at AirHop Bristol. The feature will be part of the BBC Children in Need coverage.

For more on how to support BBC Children in Need go to: bbc.co.uk/Pudsey.