The Quarriers Summer Appeal allows youngsters to enjoy special days and respite from caring for loved ones
Young carers got to hear about a lifesaving service as part of an initiative which aims to ensure they have an amazing summer.
The fifth annual Summer Appeal from social care charity, Quarriers, is underway thanks to generous donations from supporters.
Carers supported by Quarriers Carer Support Service in Moray are amongst young people across north east Scotland benefiting from the appeal.
On Thursday 12 July, a group of 12 young carers from the Quarriers service visited RNLI Buckie Lifeboat Station where they were given a personal tour around the base and shown a lifeboat by the welcoming crew.
The young carers, ranging from nine to 16 years old, were taught about the inner-workings of this vital service and the role played by the brave individuals who volunteer.
There are several events planned throughout the summer for young carers in Moray including trips to the seaside, picnics, harbour walks and outings to the cinema. The days out funded by the Summer Appeal are open to all young carers registered with the service and youngsters choose which days out they would like to go on.
These activities provide a chance for youngsters who have care responsibilities for family members to put aside their worries and obligations and have a day to make memories and have fun with other young people.
Sandi Downing, project manager at Quarriers Carer Support Service (Moray) said: “Young carers supported by this service often take on responsibilities and concerns way beyond what’s expected for their age. Having time out to be a child makes such a difference, and they really look forward to our activity programme. We are very grateful to everyone to who has donated to the Summer Appeal so far, helping us make this possible every year.”