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
Young Carers – Festive Fun
Young Carers Service invites you to….
Wednesday 30th December 1 pm – 3 pm
Join us for our new beginnings Christmas and New Year celebration for young carers in Hertfordshire.
Come along for games, music, food and fun!
If you would like to join us, please telephone 01992 58 69 69 or email email@example.com
Young carers were excited to be at the launch of the Youth Manifesto on Saturday 16th October when for the first time, young carers had their own priorities and their own section of the Manifesto. 71 young carers told their story of the impact of being a young carer and what support would help the most.
You can read the full report here: https://www.youthconnexions-hertfordshire.org/media/703970/Herts-1125-Manifesto-2015-YoungCarers.pdf
In short young carers said they wanted:
- A named worker in every school
- More awareness and understanding of young carers and the challenges they face
- A local place to meet other young carers
The Young Carers Council will continue to press for these changes. If you are a young carer and would like to be involved in deciding the priorities for next year’s manifesto please get in touch via:
Young Carers Service – Whole Family Activity
Take the Young Carer Challenge
Wednesday 28th October 2015
St Albans, 10.00am – 4.00pm
(Each young carer must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
Come along as a family and enjoy the day, telling us how we can support you and what makes a real difference! The day will include fun family challenges where prizes will be awarded to the families who together, have the most fun and are the most creative.
If you would like to attend, please call 01992 58 69 69 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
With over £3000 raised for their chosen charity last year, this promises to be a great link for Young Carers in Hertfordshire
We would like to thank the Ware Joggers for their support!
More to follow….