The bank holiday kicked off to a flying start with 50 Family Action Young Carers, staff and volunteers attending an enthralling match between Leyton Orient and Bristol Rovers, courtesy of Leyton Orient Trust.
The excited children and families arrived early, all sporting the team colours. Everyone had big smiles on their faces and couldn’t wait to get in……. Many families had never seen a live match before!
Before the game kicked off the families took photos and met the Leyton Orients’ Mascot, Theo.
Sixteen young carers and some parents had the prestigious honour of being flag bearers on the day with a further 6 taking a penalty shoot-out against Theo at half time!
At half time the children who were going to shoot the penalties proudly came on to the pitch and joined Howard Gould, who guided them. Every time a child had a go the families and the crowd cheered them as if they were the Leyton players themselves. This was a lovely moment for all of us.
To make the day even more perfect, the match finished a resounding 2-0 -retaining the O's top of the league status!
Afterwards, the parents and the children all expressed how grateful they all were for this amazing opportunity. They left with big smiles and we will all cherish special memories of this day.
A very big thank you goes to Leyton Orient Football Club, and special thanks to Howard Gould (Club Community Liaison Officer) and Neil Taylor (Chief Executive Leyton Orient Trust), for making such an amazing experience possible.
A bit about Family Action
Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across England.
We have been building stronger families since 1869 – today working with over 45,000 families through around 140 community-based services. Our work is wide-ranging and includes help for parents-to-be, young carers support services, the provision of Children’s Centres in local communities, intensive family support, emotional health and wellbeing services, counselling, mediation and therapies, support in schools, and financial grants programmes.
We believe in the strengths within families and communities and we seek to empower everyone we work to fulfil their potential. Our work impacts not only the lives of services users, but also those who commission services and those who create policy and influence change for the future.