Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme received funding through the Cheshire East Carers Hub in March 2020 to support Sibling Young Carers.
The project has been going really well and so far we have support over 70 Sibling Young Carers through activities, sessions and clubs.
Lockdown has changed the project slightly. Our initial aim was to run trips and outings for siblings but this has changed due to Government guidelines and corona virus.
The project has been split into 4
- During lockdown we supported siblings by providing bags of happiness containing toys, games and treats. These were a great hit and were delivered by buddy staff and volunteers.
- As we came out of lockdown small groups of siblings met at Crewe Park for games and activities including soft ball sessions supported by sport Cheshire. The weather varied but everyone was just glad to be out again despite the rain some weeks!
- As part of coming out of lockdown we have been delivering garden buddies where we have visited peoples homes and played in the garden with disabled children and their siblings. This has worked really well as we have been able to get to know siblings and then support them to attend sessions. Garden Buddy sessions are still available.
- Small groups of siblings have been able to go out on trips to the beach and these will continue through out the coming months.
Why not join our canoe club on a Wednesday evening at Brereton!
In September we will continue to support siblings on a Wednesday through Canoeing sessions at Brereton. There are spaces at the sessions which will run for 6 weeks from the beginning of September until October half term from 5-7.30pm. Children will need to register with a member of the buddy team before they can join the sessions as numbers are limited this can be done by contacting Louise Bailey on 07938163103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are running outdoor activities as many venues are still closed and there is less risk of catching the virus outdoors.
For more information about the Sibling Young Carers project contact Louise Bailey on 07938163103.