Dorset’s young carers have been taken to see War Horse at Southampton’s Mayflower as a reward for their hard work and for some down time from their often demanding responsibilities.

There are currently 117 young carers being supported by the Dorset Young Carers Service.

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Young carers Holly, Lily and Clare from the Dorchester area on the War Horse trip

Over the past year the service has provided a range of activities to these young people including one-to-one support, group day trips, residential trips for the whole family, and practical skills training, such as first aid and cookery.

The service has also teamed up with Worth Matravers charity MyTIME, which offers play days and short breaks.

Dorset Young Carers Service believes many more young carers may remain hidden and strives to identify and assess potential young carers to ensure they have access to all the help and support they need.

Cllr Steve Butler, lead member for children’s services, said: “Dorset Young Carers Service provides these unsung heroes with support and understanding as well as time-out from their home responsibilities. Young carers can feel isolated and face many challenges depending on their personal situation. These activities are an opportunity for young carers to relax and talk with each other.”

Carole Saunders from the service said: “Events like these are only made possible for our young carers by the ongoing support of charities such as the Careline Appeal, who funded the theatre trip. We continue to receive support from Friends of Dorset Young Carers, Rotary clubs, MyTIME, Careline and the Leonardo Trust.”

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