© 2013 Trinity United Reformed Church - Milton Grove, Wigan, WN1 2PG
Welcome to Young Carers
The Young Carers group at Trinity Church Wigan began on November 7th 2012, following discussions with Paul Carroll (Project Manager-Friends of Young Carers).
We began with eight young people age 5 – 11, but since then our numbers have increased a little and we expect to have up to thirteen by March 2013. The young people have gelled together quite quickly and have always made newcomers very welcome.
On 20 February 2013 the group painted Egyptian masks which were displayed in the church foyer for the performance of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream coat’.
At an earlier session we invited Vicki Jolley (Falconer/birds of prey expert) to the session; she brought two owls which the children held. Vicki gave a talk about her work. (Vicki is now one of our regular group leaders. I have known Vicki for over ten years.)
Trinity Group Picture
Left: Friends of Young Carers including Christine & John Grundy (‘the Chef’) & Chris Parker (‘the Vicar’) with the Young Carers Group - Trinity Stars!
Trinity Stars & ‘Triniteens’
Trinity Young Carers
On Wednesday 5th July 2017, a team of officers from Wigan Fire Station came to our Young Carers session to talk about fire safety and demonstrate their skills and procedures. Hannah Watson (one of our volunteers) had arranged this. There had been an original visit planned for earlier in the year but this had to be cancelled at short notice due to a serious fire at the Christie Hospital in Manchester.
We invited both of our young carers groups to the session, and in total we had 25 children who thoroughly enjoyed the experience of using the water hoses and being able to sit in the cab of the fire engine.
It made a nice change from the usual activities for the children and helpers, and the session was done in a fun and informative way. The fire officers were brilliant with the children. Thanks to Wigan Fire & Rescue Service, and all our volunteers.
The following week we had a summer party, where all our Trinity young carers, their parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins and friends came to enjoy what was an excellent evening.
The weather was splendid, Chris our minister did the BBQ, and I arranged the other food, with help from our volunteers and helpers who baked cakes.
Tesco Community staff provided sandwiches, and brought a colleague’s husband who entertained the children and their families with magic tricks.
We had a ball pool, a giant ‘Connect 4’, ‘Hook the Duck’, sand play, quiz, seaside photo shoot, children’s lucky dip and a free raffle for the adults.
Chris, our minister, was ‘in the stocks ’, and the children, especially the boys, took great delight in throwing wet sponges at him; thanks to Chris for being such a sport! Also thanks to Terry Flynn, who I contacted through a member of Tunley Church, who kindly loaned us the stocks for use on the day.
We had 90 people at the event; this was including organisation members, volunteers, church members who offered extra help, and Steven from the Synod Office.
We are now planning the Autumn Calendar of Events and look forward to this when we return in September.
Christine – Group Leader
(Thank you to Judith Watson for the Fire Brigade photos and Christine for the BBQ pictures. Ed.)