Surrey Care Trust gives people the encouragement and the means to overcome the disadvantage of low skills and setbacks in life.
The Trust runs a variety of programmes, providing education, training and mentoring. Their resources include two community boats, Swingbridge1 and Swingbridge2, used for a range of activities, from accessible boat trips suitable for people with limited mobility to a very active volunteering scheme involving people in environmental conservation work.
The Foundation awarded Surrey Care Trust £500 to give young people the opportunity to take part in outdoor activities on the Swingbridge boats, including learning how to crew.
For young people who are going through a difficult time in life, perhaps coping with caring responsibilities or struggling in school, a day in the fresh air, learning and achieving new things is a great confidence boost. Students attending Surrey Care Trust’s alternative education STEPS programme are among those who have benefited, as well as young people from schools and youth groups.
A teacher from a local school explained what a day on Swingbridge meant for students who were recently bereaved young carers: “This day gave them the opportunity to have a break from the responsibilities they have in their everyday lives and just be free to enjoy themselves and spend a fun and exciting day together with other young people who have faced difficult circumstances like themselves. The Young Carers have some very happy memories of that time- we hope it has helped them to come to terms with their situation a bit more and to know that life can be good again for them”.