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Forever Savvy Host Event During Carers Week 2013
With Silver Medal winning VIP Guest
Outdoor education project, Forever Savvy, has celebrated Carers Week 2013 by holding a coffee morning, to support carers in the region. With a very special guest, Special Olympics Silver Medal winner and local girl, Aliya Al-Nowaihi aged 29 - who also happens to be a new trainee at Forever Savvy.
Established in 2011, Forever Savvy based in Thurlaston, Leicestershire is an outdoor education project which helps young adults with learning disabilities to learn a range of new skills for transition into adulthood and ultimately independent living.
Founders, Amanda and Robert Phelps, were very keen to promote Carers Week, as being carers themselves they understand the pressures families are under when trying to care for a loved one 24/7.
The Coffee Morning was an opportunity for local carers to socialise and discuss common issues, and it was also a lovely way to welcome their special guest Aliya to the project.
Amanda Phelps co-founder of Forever Savvy said: “Caring can be a very rewarding experience, but it can also be very demanding. The coffee morning was a great success and a fantastic way to help give carers a bit of a break and to celebrate their role and give them some support.
“We were especially delighted to welcome Aliya to the project and we hope she will have a very rewarding experience with us, gaining more skills and confidence along the way. In turn, her parents will receive much needed respite.”
Gillian and Ali al-Nowaihi, parents of Aliya said: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity for Aliya to be a Forever Savvy trainee, as we know it has already given her great joy and fulfilment.
“We received a lovely welcome at the Carers Week event and were delighted Aliya could show off her Special Olympic Silver Medal for 400metre Power Walking in 2009. This year she is competing again at the Special Olympics in Bath 100metre Power Walking, 400metre Power Walking and Soft Ball Throwing (Shot Put).
“Even though she is severely mentally handicapped Aliya has developed a strong bond with the horses and we can see a dramatic improvement in her confidence and self-reliance.”
Carers Week highlighted the vital contribution made by carers to their families and communities in providing unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.
At Forever Savvy the young adults who attend the project experience a healthy outdoor learning programme including a broad range of life skills such as land management, animal welfare, gardening, basic catering and wood work.
For more information about the events and activities taking place as part of Carers Week, visit www.carersweek.org.
Carers Week is delivered by a partnership of national charities – Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK and supported by the Stroke Association and Bupa’s Carewell. In 2013 it is sponsored by Sainsbury’s Plc and the sector skills council in England Skills for Care.