In the Community

The Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust is coming to the end of a three-year BBC Children in Need programme supporting Plymouth young carers – a young carer is someone aged under 18 who helps to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition or drug/alcohol problem.

The staff, management and trustees of the Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust believe that it is the core purpose of the Centre to support the local community and, in particular, provide opportunities for those who may face challenges in accessing the natural resource of the sea in a safe and supported way. With this mindset we’ve delivered programmes of respite care for young carers so they can have a break from their caring responsibilities. Our programmes allow these young carers to be with their peers who understand what it’s like to be a carer “they just get it”.

Most importantly we’ve given these amazing young people the opportunity to simply be a child. This has been achieved by providing week-long programmes of adventurous activities including:

  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Orienteering
  • Coasteering
  • Archery
  • Beach studies
  • a visit from Pudsey!

For many of the young people they have been taken out of their comfort zone trying something new and daunting – but they have all risen to the challenge through the support of our team and this experience will undoubtedly help them within their everyday lives.

The improvements we’ve observed in confidence, self-esteem and teamwork through participation in adventurous activities has been significant and the progress made is testimony to the immense efforts and positive engagement from the young people.

Feedback from the young carers as we reach the end of this project suggests that it is within the environment of the Centre that they feel the most “free” and “able to enjoy time with their friends” – we are incredibly proud of the efforts of these young people and the Centre’s staff in delivering these immensely rewarding and impactful programmes.

However don’t just take our word for it, here’s a video from Daisy who’s been participating in these programmes: