Retreat offers young carers learning opportunities
Our Central Queensland regional office provided an amazing environment, packed with fun and adventure, supporting young carers to build self confidence and new friendships.
Twenty young carers, five mentor/buddy students and staff members were able to go on a Young Carer Retreat last January, thanks to a partnership with Vivcourt.
Carers Queensland’s Regional Office Team Leader, Leigh O’Neil said the creation of another retreat was the best opportunity to allow young carers in Central Queensland to develop abilities in social responsibility and leadership in different contexts.
“It is because of the commitment of organisations such as Vivcourt, that we are given the opportunity to take young carers on a journey to learn more about themselves, test their limitations and explore the world around them,” Ms O’Neil said.
A two-night three-days stay in Agnes Waters, was the setting for students to cultivate collaborative relationships and develop life skills.
Agnes Waters is a small and relaxed beachside town located in the southern Great Barrier Reef, with golden beaches and surrounded by rocky headlands. The town is adjacent to 1770 where Captain Cook famously first set foot on Australian soil.
The area is approximately two and a half hours south of Rockhampton, and boasts an idyllic setting to learn to surf, kayak or settle in for a magnificent sunset.
The young carer retreat was designed with summer in mind. There were two days packed with fun and adventure which included activities such as stand up paddle boarding and sailing, surf lessons and swimming, bushwalks and a forest trek, and reptile education.
The purpose of this retreat was to specifically support young carers in developing:
• their own self-worth
• their confidence
• teamwork skills, and
The retreat proved to be a safe environment for young carers to build self-confidence, encourage friendships while increasing their willingness to experience new things.
Young carers also enjoyed a ride on the LARC (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo) vessel, learned more about local indigenous information and history, and the use of different tools. The group had the opportunity to learn new skills like boomerang throwing, specialised spear throwing and traditional hunting.