The West Cumbria Carers Young Carers Project supports children and young people from the age of 5 years and up, who are caring for someone at home that couldn’t manage without their help. They might care for a parent, a sibling or another family member who has a disability, physical or mental illness or drug/alcohol issues.

The role of a young carer varies, they may

provide emotional support, cook, do some household chores or pick up shopping. They may help to wash or dress the person they care for or administer medication. They may keep an eye on the person they care for or look after younger siblings when their parent isn’t well.

Get cosy by the fire in Wordsworth House kitchen ©Jonathan McMeekin TASTE OF THE PAST

Whatever your age and interests, you’ll find something to enjoy at Wordsworth House and Garden over the half-term break.

Families can pick up a copy of our children’s trail marking 100 years since the end of the First World War and follow the poppies round the house and garden to discover the amazing animals that played their part.

On the weekends at either end of the holiday, kids can go wild like poet William and his sister Dorothy, hunting for bugs in the garden with an explorer bag.

On Monday 22nd October, craft a fabric poppy to commemorate someone you love and help us create a field of treasured memories.

Drop into the kitchen on Tuesday 23rd October, roll up your sleeves and get messy making traditional Cumbrian clapbread. The theme on Wednesday is wild art: materials are supplied – all you need to bring is your imagination.

On Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October, gather round the fire with the servants at 11.30am or 2.30pm to hear some of the ghostly tales William and Dorothy might have enjoyed. Stories are suitable for children aged seven and above.

There’s plenty to keep adults entertained too. The holiday week is your last chance to see the moving ‘Where Poppies Blow’ exhibition, which reveals the extraordinary importance of nature to soldiers of the First World War. It’s open from 11.00am to 4.00pm and entry is free with admission to the house and garden.

The servants will be at work in the kitchen every day, chatting about their lives and cooking recipes the family might have eaten on special occasions.

If the sight of their ‘riotous’ dining table leaves you feeling peckish, why not head up to the cosy café for a warming jug of hot chocolate or a slice of delicious apple pie made with heritage fruit from William and Dorothy’s garden?

Inset photo: See what the Wordsworth family might have eaten. ©Nick Trustram Eve


The local charity can help young carers by offering one-to-one support with a dedicated support worker. They are also able to offer an Art Programme where young carers can work on art projects and chat at the same time in a safe, relaxed environment. There are groups, trips and activities to give young carers some time out from their caring role and the opportunity meet other children and young people in similar situations.

Working with young carers is very rewarding, the charities staff get to meet and work with some amazing children and young people who have responsibilities well beyond their years.

Young carers say that caring for someone can be tiring and stressful but they want to continue to do it, they don’t see it as out of the ordinary or unusual as they love the person they care for and want to help them.

If you would like any further information on Services for Young Carers, please call West Cumbria Carers on 01900 821 976, or visit

Julie Crellin

We have some exciting news for you!

Due to popular demand, our Toddler Mornings are now running every other week, commencing Friday 19th October with the new time of 9.00am until 10.30am

St. Joseph's School, Mountain View, Cockermouth Play, activities, crafts, story time and a singalong

Dates are:

Friday 2nd November, 16th November, 30th November and Friday 14th December

A nursery provision to open in January 2019, details will be in the next edition of the Cockermouth Post Want to know more about our inviting school?

Please contact Head Teacher, Andrea Worthington on 01900 829859 or visit

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