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Young Adult Carer workshops

Are you age 14+?

Do you want to learn new skills that will help you in the future?

This summer we are excited to be working with the Carers Trust to host two virtual workshops for young adult carers, to help prepare you for the future.

 

Managing your Money

When: Thursday 6th August, 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
What:  Learn all about the finance skills needed to manage your money now and in the future, including:

  •  Understanding finance (direct debits, credit cards)
  • Planning for the future – savings
  • Charities that offer information and support
  • Budgeting and finding a good deal
  • How to avoid feeling stressed about money

 

CV writing and Interview Skills

When: Wednesday 19th August, 5.30 – 6.30 pm

What:  Help to feel confident in the future when applying to jobs, University/college or apprenticeships, including:

  • What information should be on my CV?
  • What are interviewers looking for?
  • Feeling confident talking about yourself in interviews

 

How to book:

Please note: both these sessions will be virtual workshops, via Zoom. If you are interested in booking then please email young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk or telephone 01992 586969.

With your confirmation we will send out guidance on how we keep young carers safe on our virtual sessions.

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FREE – sports pack

Get Active this Summer!

Young carers living in St Albans and Dacorum:

 

We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity for you to get your hands on some FREE sports equipment for you to use at home!

 

Whilst we are not able to run our usual summer activities due to COVID-19, we want to make sure you have activities you can do at home during the summer holidays. We have been lucky that Herts Sports Partnership and Families First are providing us with lots of sports equipment that we can give to young carers age under 14, in St Albans and Dacorum.

 

 

Each pack contains a range of balls, skipping ropes, other items like balloons and chalk, and a hula hoop! It comes in a drawstring bag, and also has a list of different activities and games for you to enjoy.

 

If you would like to reserve a sports pack, then please let us know by Wednesday 15th July. We will we dropping the packs off at your home the week beginning 20th July.

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NEW Competition!

Deadline extension: Friday 24th July

 

We are excited to announce our NEW young carer competition ‘Young Carer Champions’!

For July’s competition we are teaming up with Lister Hospital in Stevenage. Lister will be training up some of their staff to be ‘Young Carer Champions’ – so staff understand about being a young carer, and will be able to support you when you are visiting. When they complete their training they will get a YC Champion Badge to wear – and this is where we need YOUR help!

 

Task: Create a design for the YC Champion badge

It needs to:

  • Stand out!
  • Be something that you would like to see on staff
  • Be something that will work when it is on a badge (e.g. not too big!)

Your entry could be hand drawn, animated or whatever else you choose!

 

Because this is a joint project with Lister the prize for the design selected will be £40! The prize for the runner up will be £10. Thank you to both East and North Herts Hospital Trust, and Amwell Rotary Club for funding this.

 

Deadline: The deadline for entries is Friday 24th July 5pm. Please email entries to young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk with the subject heading ‘YC Competition’. Please include your name and age in the email.

The designs will be judged by a panel of young carers, as well as staff from Carers in Herts and Lister Hospital.

 

Please note: the winning entry will be the design used for the YC Champion badges,  which are being funded by the Hospital Charity. A photo of the design will be taken for East and North Herts Hospital Trust internal and external communications, as well as Carers in Hertfordshire’s. You don’t have to be in the photo, unless you want to be!

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Young Carers’ Film Launch

This Carers Week (8 – 14th June 2020) we are excited to launch our new film that celebrates a young carers health-focused project.

The project involved young carers and staff from the Carers in Hertfordshire, East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, and East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust working together to review and improve the support the NHS provided young carers.

 

The group of young carers, the ‘Youth Exec’, visited each organisation and helped to raise awareness of young carers and their families needs. One result of this project was a ‘young carers space’ that was introduced at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

 

You can view the film that celebrates this project at Carers in Herfordshire’s YouTube Channel here.

 

Thanks go to NHS England for providing funding, Hitchin TV for producing it and all the young carers and staff involved in the project and filming.

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Carers Week Competition

Making Carers Visible

Carers Week is a national campaign to celebrate, recognise and raise awareness of Carers of all ages throughout the U.K. This year’s Carers Week was the week beginning Monday 8th June.

The theme of Carers  Week 2020 was ‘making caring visible’. In aid of this we ran a special competition for young carers. The task was to create a poster that helps carers and young carers be seen, noticed and understood. We had several fantastic entries, and are delighted to showcase the winner and runner up below.

 

First Place: Corey, age 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Place:  Eric, age 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who sent in an entry! You can find details about our upcoming young carer competitions here

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Competition Winner

‘What I am grateful for’

We’re excited to share the first and second place entries for June’s Young Carers Competition. Young carers were asked to share ‘what I am grateful for during lockdown’, in whatever way they liked – a poem, picture, film, photo, or something else they had created.

First Place: Eric, age 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Place: Jennifer, age 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carers Week Competition:

We’re delighted to announce the first and second place entries for a special Carers Week Competition here

 

May: What I can see from my window

First Place: Ava, age 9

     

Out of my window I can see…

Green trees blowing in the wind

A summer house for me and Ivy

Ready for lunch, lets eat outside

Dragonflys flying through the sky

even when we say goodbye

Next time is another day, then we will have time to play

 

Second place: ‘Outside my Window’ by Eric, age 13

As the sun shines on all our faces,

Waking us up each morning,

The cars wait to be driven                     

But they find themselves alone,

The smiles of the children’s faces makes us want to get out,

But as Corona made its way,

We start to stay away,

From all dangers that could possibly harm us,

But as lockdown is soon ending,

Bringing happiness and hope to people’s faces.

When the warm sun get cooler,

We start to get colder.

 

From trees swaying side to side,

Following the gentle cold breeze,

As the sun starts setting,

Our frustration shrinks,

The later the day arrives,

The more we feel tired.

         

When the sky gets dark,

And the stars appear,

The moon will rise with it’s attracting light,

The trees are now still as a bone,

While we tuck into our warm beds,

Outside my window,

There is nothing but cars.

 

We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who took part – we were blown away by entries, and the panel had a difficult time deciding!

Details on June’s competition here

 

 

April: experiences of lockdown

 

First Place: ‘Shielding’ by Freya, age 9

My little sister got a letter saying she must shield, 

No going to the park or taking the dog to the field. 

couldn’t go to school or do my sports club, 

No more going for lunch in the pub. 

Feels strange that I can’t go to school, 

No going on holiday and laying by the pool. 

Spending more time with my family will be fun, 

Playing in the garden and laying in the sun. 

Learning to grow fruit and veg from a seed, 

 we will have all the healthy food that we need.  

Thanks to the NHS who are helping the sick,  

Stay home everyone so this will end quick. 

 

Second Place: ‘My Wish’ by Izzy, age 6

 

 

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Virtual Book Club

Introducing…. NEW Young Carers Virtual Book Club

 

We’re really excited to launch our first Young Carers Book Club! In these strange times what better than to lose yourself in a different world/life/story?

Each month we will share our book pick with you… you can then email in your book reviews, telling us what you liked/what you didn’t like about the story.

We would also LOVE to be able to have a virtual meet-up for young carers (registered with us) who are interested in discussing the book with other people and ‘meet’ other young carers. If you are interested in joining a virtual meet up (via Zoom) please do let us know by emailing young.carers@Carersinherts.org.uk We can then send you the date of the e-meet up and you can book on.

 

Book Club, age 8 – 12

May’s book pick is: ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Rauf.

It is available on Kindle for £3.99, to buy paper back through Amazon £5.94 (and in a 2 for £7 offer), or listen on Audible for free (with a months trial on Amazon). You can find these all here. You can read a plot description here.

You may be able to borrow the book for free if you have an account with Hertfordshire Libraries Service – more information here

Deadline for reviews: Wednesday 27th May

E-meet up: Friday 29th May – times TBC

 

Book Club, age 13+

May’s book pick is: ‘Toffee’ by Sarah Crossan.

 

It is available on Kindle for £4.83, to buy paper back through Amazon £6.40, or listen on Audible for free (with a  months trial on Amazon). You can find these all here.

You can read a plot description here

You may be able to borrow the book for free if you have an account with Hertfordshire Libraries Service – more information here

Deadline for reviews: Friday 29th May

E-meet up: W/b 1st June

Please note that this book has themes of domestic abuse in, as well as someone living with dementia.

 

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