A lunch time project operated by Inverurie West Church, “Schools Out”, recently handed over two cheques to local charities Young Carers Service and Riding for the Disabled.
The Reverend Ian Groves, said: “We have been operating ‘Schools Out’ for over 24 years now and its an opportunity every Friday for youngsters in Inverurie to chill for a short time, bring their own lunch or have some home made soup and bread at minimal cost.
“As the lunchtime slot is manned by volunteers and the home made soup is provided free there is a minimal cost and over a period of time we accumulate a surplus, although that’s never the intention. We asked the young people who attend regularly to say how the surplus should be distributed and they came up with these two local charities.”
Jenny Keir, Young Carers Support Worker said: “CAIR Scotland, Aberdeenshire Young Carers Service, provide support for young people aged 5-18 who have a significant caring role for a family member at home.
“This may be due to a physical illness / disability, mental health difficulties, sensory or learning difficulty or a problematic use of drugs or alcohol. Caring roles may include domestic tasks, household management, personal care, emotional care, sibling care and financial care.
“As a charity, we rely on generous donations to allow us to continue to support young carers in their caring role to achieve in school and in the community. We can’t thank the school pupils enough for nominating our charity. We are currently looking for members of the community who are willing to volunteer their time to help support young carers access activities and have a life outside their caring role. If you think you would be able to do this, please contact Andy Farquhar on (01467) 620582.”
Jenny Steele of the Gordon Group Riding for the Disabled said: “We are really grateful that the young people should make this contribution to our group. We offer therapeutic riding for riders of all ages with varying disabilities and learning difficulties.
“The lessons run four mornings and two evenings each week offer not only exercise but also encourage listening skills, team work and confidence.
“Any enquiries to offer help please contact Jenny Steele on (01224) 790572.”