“We went to visit the charity once or twice. We were allowed to talk with the young carers, to see what kinds of activities they wanted to do.” The group was drawn to this particular charity because of its work with young people. “It’s easier for us to understand what they need and what they want, because it’s what we need and want as well.”
Emma-Claire suggested to her parish priest at St Joseph’s in Colliers Wood that the parish take on Merton Young Carers as its Lenten charity, and the girls were invited to address the congregation. So persuasive were they that they raised £742 in contributions from their fellow parishioners.
Emma-Claire hopes to stay in touch with the team at Merton Young Carers, to undertake more fundraising for them in the future, and to keep learning from the young carers themselves about how they can best be supported.
"The programme taught me to give more of my time, my energy, my efforts. I think it has made me more aware of the world around me, because I can see what other people don’t have and how we can help them, rather than just sitting back and doing nothing."