For most children and young people, the summer holidays are a cause for celebration. Weeks of messing about with friends, playing on their phones - or sometimes just doing as little as possible!
For young carers however, the opposite is often true. Far from being a time to relax and have fun, the school holidays are a time when young carers can feel particularly isolated and alone. And because they are at home more, their caring role often increases.
Despite bringing its own challenges, school at least allows young carers to see their friends and take a break from some of the physical and emotional demands of caring for a sick or disabled family member. (Listen to our fundraiser Katie talking about both this and Louise Haigh MP's petition for free transport for young carers on Hallam FM earlier today.)
The good news is that we're running a wide range of activities for young carers this summer, from picnics in the park to high ropes (pictured here), laser quest and swimming trips. Our trips for 8 to 25 year-olds provide young carers with a break from their caring and the chance to meet up with friends, relax and have fun!
Keep an eye on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages - more photos coming soon.