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Family Summer Picnic

 

When: Friday 9th August 2019,  11 am – 1.30 pm
Where: Sports Centre, Ridgeway Academy, Welwyn

 

Please note:

  • Booking is compulsory
  • Nibbles and drinks will be provided – please bring along a picnic for you and your family
  • All young carers attending must be accompanied by an adult family member, who will be responsible for them throughout the day

 

If you would like to book, please contact 01992 586969 or email young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk.

Please let us know the name of the adult/s attending with the young carer, and any additional children (and their age) you will be bringing.

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Families First Survey

Calling all families!

Hertfordshire County Council have launched a short survey and are looking for families to help understand which services for children and young people they use and how they find their information.

The results of the survey will be used to help make sure that the right information and advice is available to support families, and that it’s easy for parents, grandparents and carers to find what they need.

In Hertfordshire there are a range of services, as well as information and advice available to support families including counselling services, local groups, clubs and activities, health services, SEND services and parenting courses. It’s important that everyone caring for a child or young person has access to these services and information to give every family a helping hand if and when needed.

If you are a parent, grandparent or carer please do take the time to complete the survey and help shape future services and information.

Survey closes 14 July. Thank you, we appreciate your help. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/familiesfirstsurvey

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Young Carers Residential: age 8 – 12 year olds

 

Please apply by Friday 5th July for this residential trip. You can send applications back via post to Carers in Hertfordshire, The Red House, 119 Fore Street, Hertford SG14 1AX, or by email to young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk

Click here for an application form: website application form 8 – 12

Please also send us a 2019 annual consent form if we do not have one on file: Annual Consent Form 2019 v2

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Young Carers Residential: 13 – 18 year olds

Tuesday 30th July– Thursday 1st August 2019

Please apply by Friday 14th June 2019 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 young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk.

Click here for the application form: website application form 13+

Please also send back an Annual Consent Form 2019 v2 if we don’t have one on file.

 

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Young Carer App

Research participants needed!

Are you a young carer living in Herts?

Are you aged 11 – 18?

Want to get involved in developing our app for Young Carers in Herts?

Jodie Deards, the Carers Lead at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (Lister Hospital) and Professor Natalie Pattison, who works at the hospital and the University of Hertfordshire, are working on a research project to develop the Young Carers in Herts App that was designed with members of the Young Carers Council.

The research project is now open and they are looking to recruit young carers. You will be asked to participate in an interview (approx. 45minutes) to hear your views on where you find health information and what do you think of the app. This interview can take place at a time and place that is convenient for you.

If you are interested or would like to find out more information, contact Jodie Deards:

Tel: 07554438517

Email: Jodie.deards1@nhs.net

 

 

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Activities

Young Carer Activities

We have had a busy Easter break with lots of different activities for young carers; bowls, primary – secondary school transition session for the whole family and a trip to Watford Football Club, as well as our half-termly meeting with the Young Carers Council.

We are excited to be able to offer the below activities. Please keep checking this page for updates and additional events and activities. Information will soon be sent out via email about the May half term activities.

If you would like further information on these activities please see the flyers. You can contact Carers in Hertfordshire on 01992 586969, or email young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk

Please note that bookings can only be accepted when we have a 2019 Annual Consent Form: Annual Consent Form 2019 v2

 

May Half Term:

Activity When Who For Where
Museums in Motion – mixed art project (dance, audio-visual and music) Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th May 10 am – 4 pm  (you must be able to attend each day) Young carers
aged 11 – 14
Watford Museum
Whole Family Skiing – taster session Wednesday 29th May – various times available Young carers aged under 8 and their families Hemel Hempstead
Footgolf Thursday 30th May Young carers aged 8 + living in St Albans, Watford, Three Rivers, Dacorum & Hertsmere Dacorum

If you are interested in the Museums in Motion project please see information below. Please note that this is being run externally by BEEE Creative, and we will need to pass on your contact details to them.

Museums in Motion flyer: Watford Museum Project info


Summer Holidays:

We will  be offering:

  • Young Carers Residential for young carers aged 13 – 18, Tuesday 30th July – Thursday 1st August
  • Young Carers Residential for young carers aged 8 – 12, Tuesday 20th August – Thursday 22nd August
  • Ski course during summer holidays, for young carers age 8+, and young adult carers age 16-25.

 

Please note that the activities in the summer holidays will be advertised nearer the time, so we will not be taking any bookings or applications yet.

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Hear Us Shout!

On 22nd February 95 young carers and 45 professionals came together at our annual Young Carers Conference ‘Hear Us Shout!’. This is an annual event, organised and run by the Young Carers Council. It is a chance for young carers to tell educational, health and social care professionals what it is like being a young carer, and what they need from professionals. It is also a great way to meet other young carers, and have some fun.

 In the morning young carers took part in a workshop – crafts & games for Under 8s, ‘All About Me’ art, creative writing, drama, music and creating a human computer game. The workshops encouraged young carers to explore and express how caring makes them feel and what they want professionals to know. They were also a lot of fun! They all then created something to ‘share’ with the professionals in the afternoon, including a live simulation of the computer game, short plays demonstrating situations young carers experience, a musical performance using junk percussion, and much much more.

Those that attended also added their thoughts to our graffiti wall. Comments on the graffiti wall included:

“Our voices need to be heard!”

“Please don’t prejudge us and think you know what is best.”

“Don’t feel sorry for us, just understand.”

“Have more sympathy, it’s difficult.”

The professionals that came were really impressed with the young carers, with lots saying that it was great to hear directly from young carers about what was important to them.

 

This was our biggest Young Carers Conference yet; thank you so much to the Young Carers Council for all their hard work planning and running the Conference. A big thank you to BBC Children in Need for funding it, and for Oaklands College for hosting.

 

 

 

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