CHILDREN often become primary carers and they need some time out according to social worker Lynda Bowtell.
The forgotten young carers go along day to day and rarely get a chance to act their age.
The Merge co-ordinators decided to do something about it.
These girls spent a day with the Glam It Up Galz from Dubbo learning about self-esteem and learning how to put on make-up, make goals and be happy and proud of who they are and where they come from.
“They just need some time out,” Mrs Bowtell said.
“The idea behind the program is to help them with basic general information on life and learning.”
The idea is that through Merge, kids, young people and their families will meet new people, learn new skills and feel better about their community.
That way, children are less likely to get involved with antisocial pastimes, especially during the school holidays when kids get bored.
During this holiday the Merge team split the boys and the girls up and split the age groups in half so siblings had a chance to have a break from each other.
Usually there are up to 30 kids for the Merge program but this workshop was held with an intimate 10 girls.
The Glam It Up Galz provide programs for young women to give them an understanding of, and the skills to manage peer group pressure, lack of confidence and bullying.
Nyibol Got said she was excited about the program because it was designed specifically for girls and she had a chance to meet some new friends who live around the area.
Patricia Michael McKay said she was happy to take part in the program because it meant she was not sitting at home bored.
“It’s something to do and a bit of fun.”