Young Carers Bucks supports children and young people aged 6-18 years old who care for a family member who has a physical or mental illness, disability or a drug or alcohol related misuse.
The cared for person may be a parent, sibling or another relative living in the same household. The child or young person does not necessarily have to be providing 'hands on' care to be recognised as a young carer. Even if there are services in place and other members of the family helping with the care, the emotional impact and restrictions due to illness or disability can still have an enormous effect on the young carer.
To give the children a break from their daily routine Young Carers Bucks recently treated a group of 27 local youngsters, aged 6-10 years old, to a day out at Odds Farm in Burnham. The young carers enjoyed a fun packed day feeding the animals, enjoying their own picnic lunch, and having fun on the various activities in the outdoor and indoor play areas.
As an extra treat the Beaconsfield Masonic Centre Committee for Freemasonry in the Community provided Easter Eggs for every youngster during their day out.
Steve Matthews, chairman of the committee said: "It is always our pleasure to help Young Carers Bucks in their wonderful work in giving these youngsters time off from their caring commitments. The children love their days out and providing Easter Eggs for them all was our way of saying well done for the hard work they put in every day.