Another busy summer here at AYC comes to an end but we have all made some great memories. Our fantastic lunchtime drop in sessions have become more and more successful. The staff love welcoming the young carers in for relaxed sessions and, unlike our after school clubs, these are mixed ages so it’s great to see siblings enjoying the sessions together. Trips further afield have been made possible thanks to our fantastic volunteer drivers – we are so lucky to be supported by so many great people. Staff, volunteers and young carers alike also had a fantastic day taking part in the Andover Carnival. We were lucky enough to be chosen as one of this year’s recipients of money collected on the day. Young carers joined the parade in our minibus, and much fun was had. Thank you everyone in Andover for your support .Now, whilst parents are making sure the shoes are polished and the PE kit still fits, we are planning a great programme for this term’s after school clubs, and making sure our registers are up to date. See you all soon.
As always in March we start to see the Young Carers enjoying the garden more, although still with coats and jumpers! We are grateful that our gardening volunteers keep the garden looking good and safe for the young carers, thanks to Reg and the team from St Mary’s Church. In recent weeks we have been visited by the Test Valley Recycling team, and our college age students are well into planning their projects over the next few months, along with our new transition worker, funded by Children in Need. The Test Valley Art Society have kindly sponsored some work for our younger children, photos will be on the website over the next few months.
Here at Andover Young Carers we are all excited by the launch of our new website. Tickling Trout, who kindly donated their time and expertise, have been very patient with us, and have produced a top class product.
I am hoping to keep you all updated about our work through this blog, to talk about successes we have had, projects we have been involved with, the fantastic contribution our volunteers make, and last but not least the fun our young carers have here at the Bungalow. As a charity, we are never more proud of the work we do than when we see and hear the young carers relaxing, having fun and enjoying each others company.
To achieve this end result we rely very much on support from the local community, whether it be smaller donations through collections in Church, or through a bake sale, or through larger scale funds achieved through a lengthy grant application process. We are always grateful for every amount, whether large or small. Soon I will be able to tell you more about our new scheme to become a ‘Friend of’ Andover Young Carers, where an individual or an organisation can pledge a monthly amount, or make a one off donation to support our work. We are hoping to launch this scheme soon, keep an eye on this blog and our Facebook Page – Supporting Andover Young Carers – for more information.
December is always a busy time for us here. Club nights become that bit noisier as excitement builds for Christmas, at the same time as activities move indoors due to the cold and darker nights. We try not to use the ‘Christmas’ word too soon, but once December is here it is unavoidable. So for the next few weeks there will be glitter, cotton wool and excitement galore here. The highlight of the month is, as ever, the Christmas Party, where our younger carers get together for fun and games (generally involving the adults making a fool of themselves), and a visit from Father Christmas himself.
If you do find yourself with free time in 2018, perhaps think about whether you could volunteer some time here at Andover Young Carers, or possibly think of a fundraising idea, we always welcome visitors to the bungalow to chat ideas through.
Welcome to our new look website, which has been built for us by Tickling Trout – We are so lucky to have their support, and their patience has been much appreciated.
Here at the AYC bungalow, our lovely garden is getting more use now the weather has finally improved. The new Willow Shelter looks amazing and is starting to grow. By the end of a long cold period the young carers, volunteers and staff all look forward to opening the doors and extending the space we can use:
Talking of volunteers we really are in need of some volunteer minibus drivers to help with picking up our young carers from school in the afternoon and dropping them home after the session. This has been made even more important as our long-standing minibus driver, Gina Holton is soon to depart on maternity leave, and even now is unable to drive due to the size of her baby bump! We are always delighted to talk to potential volunteers, so do get in touch if you have some time to spare.