Sheffield United Academy have been among the Sheffield organisations which have shown their support for young carers this summer by backing an action-packed programme of free events and activities.
A host of organisations donated their time, venues and equipment to the summer programme, which was led by Sheffield Young Carers and the Views of Young Carers Explained (VOYCE) Project. In total, more than 75 young carers and their families received a much-needed break - and the chance to have some fun!
Players at the United Academy continue to develop their link with Sheffield Young Carers and the players supported a number of the summer events.
Jake Wright, Aaron Ramsdale, Kyle Scarisbrick and Jamie McDonagh all supported residentials at Whirlow Farm. Jamie, along with Joel Coustrain, also attended a sport-themed Family Fun Day at the Sheffield College.
A young carer is a young person between the ages of eight and 21 who provides a substantial amount of unpaid care to someone at home with a disability, a long-term illness, mental health and/or substance misuse issues. Young carers often miss out on holiday activities so the summer programmes are really important.
Laura Selby, Deputy Manager at Sheffield Young Carers said: "It's been an incredible summer of fun! We'd like to say a huge thank you to all the amazing organisations that have supported our activities this year - they've put a lot of smiles on a lot of young carers' faces."
U21s players Jamie McDonagh commented: "We have learnt a lot about young carers over recent months and we were very happy to help with the summer programme. The youngsters support their families really well and it is good for them to get a break. We enjoyed supporting them on their activities."
To find out about more about Sheffield Young Carers Project, please visit www.sheffieldyoungcarers.org.uk or call Katie Borland on 0114 258 4595.