Beauty students give Red Cross Young Carers a well-deserved pamper morning

A group of Red Cross Young Carers from across Shropshire enjoyed a well-deserved pamper session at Shrewsbury College’s Evolve Academy.

The group of girls were invited into the hair and beauty department where they spent the morning in the salons receiving a variety of beauty treatments, from manicures to massages.

The Red Cross Young Carers project was established in 2000 within Shropshire to support young people aged 5-19 who have a caring responsibility for a family member.

It is estimated there are more than 900 young cares in Shropshire and the aim of the project is to give them the opportunity to enjoy a variety of fun activities and take a well-deserved break from the stresses of everyday life. It also provides the chance for people to spend time with other carers who are in similar situations.

Shrewsbury College supports the young carers project and through its enrichment programme has organised a variety of activities, including its annual Young Carers Christmas party.

Phil Castle, Progression Specialist at the College, said: “This is such worthwhile cause and the College is extremely happy to support the young carers across the county who are often overlooked, but who are true heroes. Our partnership with the Red Cross also gives our students the opportunity to take part in additional activities and fundraising events.

“The pamper-day was a great success and we’re looking forward to the next Young Carers event, which we hope will be a sport activity for the boys and girls.”

Rowan Ellson-Arias, Red Cross Young Carers Co-ordinator, said: “Thanks so much to Phil Castle, the beauty team and all involved in welcoming our young carers to Shrewsbury College. The group of girls had a well-deserved morning off their usual caring responsibilities and were whisked away to a nicer place of manicures, facials and makeovers.

“These girls are a truly deserving group of young people. For the majority of their time they dedicate themselves to supporting the person in their family that they help care for.”

One of the main principles underpinning the British Red Cross Young Carers project is that young carers are young people first, and ought to have the same opportunities, fun and prospects as others of the same age and Shrewsbury College continues to help make this possible.

For more information about Shropshire Young Carers, visit www.shropshireyoungcarers.co.uk for more information about Hair & Beauty courses at Shrewsbury College click here

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