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Char­ity in need of vol­un­teer driv­ers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A CHAR­ITY is ur­gently seek­ing new vol­un­teers to help give young car­ers in Bucks a much-needed break.

Car­ers Bucks, the char­ity which sup­ports and pro­motes the well­be­ing of un­paid car­ers in Buck­ing­hamshire is look­ing for vol­un­teer driv­ers to help young car­ers liv­ing in the county at­tend Young Car­ers Bucks Club Nights in High Wy­combe.

Vol­un­teer driv­ers are needed through­out the county but are now ur­gently re­quired in the South Bucks area in­clud­ing Amer­sham, Che­sham and the Chalfonts.

Of­ten the only chance young car­ers have to get out and meet other chil­dren in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions is to at­tend one of th­ese reg­u­lar clubs or out­ings, and Car­ers Bucks re­lies on vol­un­teers to help trans­port them there as well as vol­un­teers to help out at club ses­sions. The char­ity said just an hour a month can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence.

The club nights are an op­por­tu­nity for young car­ers to meet-up and play com­puter games, ta­ble ten­nis, foot­ball, pool and more.

Vol­un­teer driver John French said: “Just by giv­ing an hour or so of my time driv­ing a young carer to and from Wy­combe each month can have such a pos­i­tive im­pact and with­out me they would not be able to get there.

“I thor­oughly en­joy be­ing a vol­un­teer with Car­ers Bucks and would rec­om­mend that any­one with some spare time get in­volved.”

Young car­ers ser­vice man­ager at Car­ers Bucks Sally Mansi said: “Be­ing a young carer is never easy and so it’s so im­por­tant that they are given the op­por­tu­nity to get out and be a child again and have some fun, as well as meet­ing other young peo­ple in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions to them­selves.

“Now is the per­fect time to try some­thing new and many stud­ies have proved that vol­un­teer­ing can make you feel bet­ter and hap­pier – we would love to hear from any­one who has some spare time to get in touch.”

All travel ex­penses for vol­un­teers will be cov­ered.

For more in­for­ma­tion call Car­ers Bucks on 0300 777 2722 or email Vol­un­teer@car­ers­bucks.org.

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