The Clinical Commissioning Group continues to work with Aldershot Football Club to support carers and their families.
The intention is to hold regular events (possibly two game day events each year) and we are also discussing how young adult carers can be supported and discussions are on-going with how this can be achieved and possibly doing an event with the first team.
We reported earlier in the year on the match that was held in February. The second match of the year was on Saturday, September 21, between Aldershot and Wrexham at the EBB Stadium in Aldershot. There were 22 young carers serving as mascots for the day and enjoying time with the team. They also visited the changing rooms and had a kick around on the pitch with the players before the game started, as well as leading the players out.
Good news this time was that Aldershot was the winning side for this game.
This provides a fantastic opportunity to provide respite to carers, their families and friends. We received so much positive feedback from those who attended the February match about how some families were able to go out for the day together.
The added benefit is that in collaboration with our voluntary sector colleagues, (The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Action for Carers Surrey and Hart & Rushmoor Young Carers, and the Diocese of Guildford), we use these occasions to raise the profile with the general public about what is an unpaid carer and to promote the help and support that is available.
The Club help us with this by having an article in the match day programme, by giving us a very good mascot package and providing food and refreshments for the mascots, as well as having half time messages on the main board. Our voluntary sector colleagues come with their volunteers and have material available with them and can provide information, advice and support on the spot.
The next game has been arranged for the Aldershot versus Woking on Saturday 21 March against Woking. Mascots this time will be from our CCG area as well as young carers from Woking.