Young carers from across North Yorkshire are on the crest of a wave after two charities teamed up to give them a much-needed break from their role looking after a loved one with an illness or disability.
The group, from both Harrogate and Craven districts, swopped dry land for the high seas as they boarded a 21-metre sailing boat called James Cook in an exhilarating experience far removed from the everyday pressures they face.
The trip was organised by the charity Carers’ Resource, which for over a decade has provided specialist support to young carers at home and in school or college through its offices at North Park Road, Harrogate, and Broughton Hall, Skipton.
It linked up with Ocean Youth Trust North, a good cause dedicated to the personal development of young people and adults through the unique medium of sailing.
Laura Frith, Young Carer and Family Worker at the Carers’ Resource said: “This is just one of a number of initiatives we run to help North Yorkshire’s growing number of young carers and to promote their self-esteem and confidence in a novel way.
“Their residential voyage in the North Sea enabled the young carers to acquire a range of new life skills, while working as a team and rising to the challenge of the sea.
“As well as giving them a break, many participants learned to overcome personal fears and obstacles which will hopefully enable them to go on and shape a brighter future for themselves and their family.”
The young carers were on hand at the ship’s base, Royal Quays Marina in North Shields, to welcome Steve Gibbon at the end of the first day of a 280-mile cycle tour of sailing clubs across the North.
Steve, chairman of the Royal Yachting Association North East Committee, raised over £400 towards the cost of their voyage.