Help us build Carer Friendly Communities!
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
This year the Young Carers Council will be hosting a cake & coffee morning for members of the public, to raise awareness and funds for young carers in Hertfordshire. Please bring along your friends and family to support this event:
Saturday 11th June
10.30 am – Midday
The Forum, Ibis Hotel, Danestrete, Stevenage, SG1 1EJ
If you would like to hear more about Carers Week and find other events near you, then please visit www.carersweek.org
We have a number of activities coming up in the summer term and summer holidays this year. If you are interested in attending any of these, please contact us to let us know.
Watford Museums in Motion Dance Project: 29th – 31st May
Working in partnership with BEEE Creative, young carers living in Watford are invited to join this 3 day programme in May half term. Young carers will be able to
- Meet other young carers in the local area
- Get creative, through dance, movement, film and recording
- Create a film installation that will be shown at local festivals and installed in the Museum for the public to see
Booking is essential.
Cake and Coffee Morning: Saturday 11th June
Join us to celebrate Carers in Hertfordshire’s 21st Birthday and fundraise for Carers Week 2016.
Young carers from Stevenage are invited to decorate cakes, host the coffee morning and meet other local young carers. If you are interested in getting involved then please contact us.
Members of the public are invited to join in the celebrations and support Carers in Hertfordshire by coming to the coffee morning: 10.30 a.m – 12 at The Forum, Ibis Hotel, Stevenage
East Herts Creative Collage for Young Carers: Tuesday 9th August
An opportunity for East Herts young carers aged 16 and under to meet local young carers, and explore ‘All About Me’ through creative collaging.
Booking is essential as spaces are limited.
We also have a number of sport activities coming up throughout the summer, in partnership with Dacorum Sportspace. This will be running on Thursday afternoons throughout the 6 weeks. More information coming soon….
If you would like more information on any of these activities, or would like to book on then please contact us on 01992 586969.
If you or your child are in Year 6 then you will now be thinking about the transition from primary school to secondary school. This can be both an exciting and a daunting time for young carers and their families.
We have put together some information and guidelines on speaking to a new school about being a young carer. This was based upon a transition workshop we held with young carers and their families over the Easter holiday. You can hear more about this session at http://ycih.org/year-6-7-transition-workshop/
We are holding another workshop for Year 6 – 7 young carers and their families on Thursday 18th August in Stevenage. Please contact us if you would like more information.
Information for Parents: Transition – guidance for parents – academic year 16-17
Young Carer presentation: Transition – guidance for YC presentation
We are pleased to announce that following our Young Carers Council meeting in April we have a new Chair and Vice-Chair. Kailan and Annie have both been a part of the council for over 5 years, and have been involved in the Young Carer Conference, Youth Manifesto and other projects that will support them in their new role. You can hear more from Kailan and Annie in the Meet the Team page of the website.
We would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Grace and Kasey who have moved on from their roles as Chair and Vice-Chair. They have given a huge amount of time, effort, support and ideas to the council and young carers in Hertfordshire, which has been invaluable to us.
We are delighted to be nominated to be the Partnership Charity of YoungEducation, an organisation which provides tuition and home tutoring to children and young people. The elected Partnership Charity will receive a donation from YoungEducation for every lesson that they deliver.
This would be a fantastic opportunity to raise funds for the Young Carers Service at Carers in Hertfordshire, and would enable us to provide further support to young carers across Hertfordshire.
How to vote for Young Carers Service:
Voting opens on Sunday 1st May and closes on Saturday 7th May, and the winner will then be announced.
To vote: Our logo is displayed on YoungEducation’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/officialYoungEducation) – to vote for us please ‘like’ our logo. The charity with the most likes will become the Charity Partner for 2016.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Over Easter 5 young carers, their parents and siblings came to our workshop which focused on the transition from Primary to Secondary School.
Young carers used drawing and collaging to think about and express how they felt about moving schools, as well as what they enjoy doing, what their skills are and how their caring role affects them. Cleveland got involved too!
Parents shared their concerns about moving schools, and came up with a list of useful questions to ask the new school to make sure young carers are supported:
- Is there a homework club and what support is given?
- What financial support is available for trips/activities?
- Is there a young carers’ group in school?
- Who should I go to if I need to talk?
If you are a young carer in Hertfordshire and need support with the transition between schools then please contact us.
In half term our Young Carers Conference, organised by the Young Carers Council, took place at Watford Football Club. We called the conference YCFC, and it was a busy and successful day with 50 young carers and over 40 professionals.
The conference was focused on priorities for young carers in Hertfordshire for 2016, and included the issues that matter most to young carers. These included:
- Early identification of being a young carer
- The impact caring has on emotional and physical wellbeing
- Better support in school and with transitions
- Being listened to and included in decisions about care
- The effect caring has on family finances
Young carers were able to share their stories with the professionals and with each other. Professionals feedback said how much they liked hearing from young carers, and that they now have a better understanding of the challenges faced.
We also welcomed Freefall Productions who performed 3 scenes based on a young carer’s life.
In the afternoon young carers were able to meet three Watford Football Club players. They asked lots of great questions, like whether they were ever told they wouldn’t be able to succeed and what they loved most about the game. The day ended on a high with a tour of the stadium.
You can check out the day at Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vPMOii2A-o