On 31st January 2019 it is the Carers Trust Young Carers Awareness Day; a day to celebrate, recognise and raise awareness about young carers in the UK. The theme this year is young carers’ mental health.
We want YOU to get involved and ‘Walk a mile in young carers’ shoes’. We hope that by walking a mile (real or metaphorical!) in young carers shoes, people across Hertfordshire will have a better understanding of young carers and the impact that caring can have upon a child or young person.
There are lots of different ways you can get involved, including;
- Get your own endorphins running by…Organising a sponsored walk for your friends / colleagues at work / school
- Give young carers time out from caring by…Hosting a coffee morning or cake sale to fundraise for young carer activities
- Increase understanding and empathy for young carers by… Including information about young carers in your newsletter or simply talking to a colleague and spread the word
Whatever you do, we would LOVE to know. Please use our walk a mile poster and tweet us on 31st January @ycherts using the hashtag #YCAD2019
Please find more information below or click here to find out about the support for young carers in Hertfordshire.
Walk a mile poster: Poster – walk a mile
Young Carers factsheet: YC Factsheet
Waterways Experience have offered 3 Narrowboat weekends to Young Carers in Hertfordshire again in 2019. The boat departs from Nash Mills in Hemel Hempstead on the Grand Union Canal. There are 8 spaces on each trip. The 3 weekends are :
5th – 7th April : 8-10 years
10th – 12th May :11 – 14 years
5th – 7th July : 14 +
As these trips are being organised by Waterways Experience Carers in Hertfordshire cannot offer transport and will not be present, however there are volunteers from Waterways Experience present on all the trips.
We will need to pass on your contact details to Waterways Experience. By stating that you would like to attend you are giving consent for us to pass these details on. For further information on Waterways Experience see here – https://wexp.org.uk/
If your young carer would like to come please contact Carers in Hertfordshire with the name of the young carer, and which trip they would like to go on. Please could you also let us know the phone number and email address you would like us to pass on to Waterways Experience. All further communication about kit lists, times, consent forms etc will come from them. Please either phone in to Carers in Herts on 01992 586969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In October half term 18 young carers age 13 – 17 came to our Young Carers Residential at Phasels Wood Scout Camp. Over 3 days and 2 nights the group took part in lots of different challenges, including: Aeroball, Air Rifle Shooting, Crate Stacking, Human Table Football and a very wet blindfolded team building activity.
The group also took part in Dragons Den, where they came up with ideas of activities or inventions that would support young carers and pitched these to a panel of Dragons! These ideas ranged from a website with a confidential chatroom for young carers, to a Caring Robot to take on some of responsibilities that young carers have day-to-day. One group even came up with the idea of a Caterpillar Rave – in which young carers could have a party in their sleeping bags!
The young carers met with staff from the CCG and gave them some ideas on how health services could be more young-carer friendly. This included things like an updated app, a 24-hour helpline for young carers and better training for GPs, teachers and other professionals.
Lolly, aged 14, said “The residential was a great opportunity to get away and meet people like myself. I met a few girls who I am still in contact with now. I had loads of fun and I would go again, 100%”.
Would you be interested in helping the Young Carers team with their Young Carers in Schools Ambassador Programme? We are looking for 15 Young Carer and 15 adult volunteers who want to make a difference in their local schools by speaking up about what it’s like to care whilst being in education and how schools can do more to help.
As an Ambassador you might be asked to speak to Teachers/Governors/Staff members about Young Carers and how they can be better identified and supported in school, writing letters to local education establishments, helping deliver assemblies or attending school events – you will not be asked to do anything you do not feel confident doing and we are also very interested to hear how you feel you might be able to help outside of these roles!
We are working with both adult and young carer volunteers to help empower them to make a difference in their local communities. We will be running an adults introductory session on Friday 19th October (10am – 12pm, Borehamwood office) and the Young Carers session on Saturday 27th October (10.30am – 12.30pm, Hatfield).
If you would like to book on to a training session, or you would like further information, please contact Amy on 01992 586 969 or email email@example.com.
Info from Carers Trust: YCiS is a partnership programme delivered by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society. It has been running for over four years now and we know that it has helped young carers to have a better experience at school. We also know from speaking with groups of young carers that they would like to do more to ensure other schools do more for young carers so we are working with local carers centres to develop a young carers ambassador programme.
Young Carers Residential: 13 – 18 year olds
Tuesday 30th October – Thursday 1st November 2018
Please apply by Friday 21st September for this residential. You can send applications back by post to Carers in Herts, 119 Fore Street, Hertford, Herts, SG14 1AX or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for the application form: October Residential application form
Please also send back an Annual Consent Form 2018 if we don’t have one on file.
Would you be interested in helping the Young Carers team with their Young Carers in School Ambassador project? We’re looking for 20 Young Carers and 20 adults who want to make a difference in their local schools by speaking up about what it’s like to care whilst being in education and how schools can do more to help. Call Amy in the office on 01992 586 969 for more information or email email@example.com.
This is a partnership programme with Carers Trust.
Groundwork Hertfordshire is supporting the Welwyn/Hatfield Youth Council to organise a fun filled away day on Thursday 30 August for Young Carers. The event will provide an opportunity for the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council and Young Carers to spend a day taking part in a range of activities including sports, art, dance, workshops and watching a movie. The event is completely free and lunch plus snacks will be provided throughout the day.
Please note that this event is not organised by Carers in Hertfordshire. Young Carers Staff will be in attendance on the day, but will not be taking responsibility for young carers or organising transport.
For further information – see letter here Letter to parents for young carers event
The organisers of this event need you to fill in this consent and media form too. WGC away day consent form
If you would like your child to attend on the day please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone in on 01992 586969 by 1st August. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.