Confidence boost for two young carers

Young carers Callum Tunks and Abbie Staley.'131107M-C475
Young carers Callum Tunks and Abbie Staley.'131107M-C475
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Two members of the Buckingham & Winslow Young Carers group (YC2) have received Young Leader awards.

Callum Tunks, aged 14, from Westbury, and Abbie Staley, 17, from Buckingham, say the Young Leaders training, which was funded by YC2, has done wonders for their confidence.

Callum helps care for his sister, Jazzy, who was born with lung and brain damage.

Abbie helps care for her younger brother, Charlie, who is profoundly deaf.

She said: “Next year, when I’m 18, I’m going to be volunteer leader for YC2 so I can give something back.”

The youngsters, who both attend the Buckingham School began their Young Leaders training in February.

It ended with a residential weekend at an outdoor centre.

Abbie said: “It’s given me much more confidence.

“It made you trust people that you hardly know. We did rock climbing and team building activities and we had to trust people to get us across mud and water and things.

“The last night, they set us up a challenge in the forest.

“We had to seach for people in the pitch black and communicate through walkie talkies. I got quite scared but we were all just in there together, we had to work as a team.”

Callum said: “It’s massively improved my confidence. In school, I’d never have put my hand up to answer questions but it’s all I do now!”

Callum also received the Sir Nigel Mobbs Award for showing the greatest commitment to the scheme.