Care2Share project, run by Camp and Trek on Skye, has been awarded £50,000 by Young Start.
Commenting on this, Dave Thompson, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said:
“I am delighted that the Care2Share project is to receive this funding. Carers make huge sacrifices to help the most vulnerable people in our society, and it is great to see organisations such as Camp and Trek doing all they can to support the young carers in Scotland.”
Care2Share will deliver a programme of outdoor adventure opportunities for groups of young people with caring responsibilities in Skye, Raasay and Kinlockteil.
The funding will cover accommodation, 20 accompanying adults, meals, instructors, equipment, transportation and insurance. The 5 day residential breaks will involve activities such as abseiling, archery, camping, climbing, fishing, gorge scrambling, hill walking, kayaking, night navigation, orienteering, rafting, sailing, mountaing biking and coasteering.
The funding will allow 80 young carers aged 12-25 plus from across Scotland to benefit from the project.
Dave added:“Caring for a vulnerable friend or relative can put a young carer’s education under real pressure, and can mean that they miss out on some on social and leisure time with their peers.
“The Care2Share project will give young carers the opportunity to enjoy some great outdoor adventures in some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland.
It is right that organisations such as Camp and Trek that recognise the selfless work that young carers do are to receive support, and I am delighted that this award means 80 more carers can enjoy a short break that they so richly deserve.”