Festive fun in Victoria Park

Festive project gives young carers confidence

Louise Nulty and Mary Davies create festive fun in the glasshouse

Gaynor Nickson with some of the festive gifts

Sue Hughes and Finn Daley

Tom Hughes plays the border bagpipes

First published in News Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A FESTIVE project has filled young carers with confidence.

Visitors were shown how to make wreaths, festive baskets and handmade decorations in Victoria Park, Widnes by enthusiastic youngsters.

The crafty Christmas workshop was held in the glasshouse and run by young people who look after their loved ones.

Co-ordinator Louise Nulty said: “It gave young people a chance to focus on new opportunities and skills in a friendly, relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.”

Victoria Park environment team (VPET) joined the group, Just Chill, to organise this pioneering event after securing a grant for young carer breaks from Halton Council.

Louise, from VPET, said: “We have been able to expand our regular activities to include learning about the retail element of the shop in the glasshouses, feeding and cleaning animals in the park, fish, rabbits iguanas.

“Craft Christmas allowed us to let young carers and isolated young people lead.

“We worked with our volunteers and even had Victorian visitors, Mr and Mrs Victoria Park.”

Youngsters and volunteers showed people how to create mini Christmas trees and decorate cones full of treats.

They designed felt animals for pencils and candy cane on Christmas cards, using vintage buttons.

Louise added: “Whenever we are in the glasshouse, people ask if the butterfly house is open.The demand is huge as it is such a wonderful unique feature of the park.

“Due to cuts this year, the butterfly house had to be closed but we hope we can continue to raise money needed to buy butterflys, pay for heating, lighting, etc, so that we can open again next year.”

Young carers will continue to develop their skills at weekly sessions.

 

 

 

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