Sixteen young people from across Wealden, including Uckfield and Buxted, are fund-raising to support the East Sussex Young Carers organisation.
The 16, supported by two leaders, are taking part in National Citizen Service and have called their team The Tribe.
They came together a fortnight ago and have already been on an adventure residential course where they learned skills to help them “go into the big world” that schools don’t provide.
They took part in team-building activities such as Jacob’s Ladder where they had to try to get to the top of a gigantic ladder with the help of their teammates, Problem Solving where they competed against each other to solve puzzles and a Sensory Trial where they were all blindfolded except the front person and had to communitate using their other senses to get through two tricky assault courses.
One of the team, Ben Hooker, said: “There were loads of other activities throughout the five days such as Trapeze (Leap of Faith) and rock climbing which we all found so much fun.
“Also people in our group have challenged their fears of heights to join in with the group.”
After that they went to Sussex University to continue with team building exercises.They learned to budget, each having £70 for the week they were there, and about the costs of living at university.
Now they are working on a social action project. They have decided to raise awareness and money for East Sussex Young Carers, an organisation that helps children aged from five to 18 who care for a family member.
The charity organises fun days once a month and a festival once a year to get young carers away from home and help relieve stress.
It costs £134 for one child to go to the festival and the charity doesn’t have enough for each young carer in Wealden to go and so The Tribe have set themselves the target of raising enough money for six young carers to go with any extra money going to the charity towards the fun days.
Within three days the group raised £300 and by yesterday morning they had reached £460.
If you would like to contribute please see The Tribe’s Just Giving page.
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