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Carers Week 2017

Carers Week: 2017

A huge thank you to 3 members of our Young Carers Council who got involved in Carers Week 2017.

Carers Week is a national campaign to celebrate, recognise and raise awareness of Carers of all ages throughout the UK.

CArers Week YC Council

 

The theme of this year’s Carers Week is ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities’ and Annie, Rachel and Rockee did exactly that by hosting an assembly at their school in Watford: Westfield Academy. Representatives from every Form in Westfield attended the assembly, and learnt about:

What is meant by ‘Young Carer’?

What do young carers do?

What impact does caring have on young carers’ lives?

The positives of being a young carer

The challenges faced by some young carers

Westfield Academy pupils asked lots of brilliant questions, including ‘how do you know someone is a young carer?’ ‘do you ever resent the responsibility?’.

They identified some positives

“you feel good about yourself”

“it gives you confidence”

They also came up with some fantastic ideas on how schools could be more carer-friendly:

  • Have a chill out area/time for young carers
  • Having a display board for young carers
  • Talking about it in PSHE
  • Whole school assemblies

Well done Annie, Rockee and Rachel and thank you to all at Westfield Academy for helping to build carer-friendly school communities!

 

 

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Young Carers Service: 2016 – 2017

YC Service update April 16 - March 17

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Planning for the Future: Workshop

We will be running a workshop Planning for the Future  for young carers aged 14-18 on Saturday 13th May.

Including:

  • Pizza!
  • Healthy Eating
  • Making your money go further
  • Writing CVs – thinking about your skills, hobbies and interests that will help when looking for jobs

Planning for the future

 

If you would like to attend please complete the booking form below and return to Carers in Hertfordshire, The Red House, 119 Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1AX  by Friday 5th May.

Please note you must be registered with Carers in Hertfordshire to attend this event, and we must have a 2017 Annual Consent Form.

Consent Form: annual-consent-form-2017

Booking Form:Flyer Planning for the Future 130517

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Young Carer Review: Transition Workshops

Visiting Hatfield University and Creative Writing: by Gemma, aged 16.

Over the Easter break I  went to the university & creative writing transition workshop. In the morning we learnt about Hatfield University and all about the Hatfield campus. We were taught about finance, student loans, choosing the right course for me and much more.

Did you know that there are over 43,000 subjects to study?

 We were also given a lot of good advice about personal statements. For example, when writing a personal statement make sure you are honest, you show your interest and knowledge of the course. Also, put down your skills, abilities and career motivation. It is important to support these points with evidence like achievements and work experience.

Then we went through the pros and cons of university. Some pros are; you gain independence and new skills, you can meet new people and you can do something you love. Some cons are; it doesn’t always make you get a graduate job, there’s a lot of time studying and you can be in class for 3-20 hours a week depending on the course.  

We also had a lovely tour around the campus.

There are shops, a Starbucks, a gym, library and lots more


After lunch we had an author, Joanna Ingham, come in. It was time for our creative writing. We talked a bit about ourselves and got to know each other better. We  read some poems and discussed how the writer was feeling and why. We imagined that we were writing our own autobiography. We wrote down what our cover, title, a few sentences from different parts of the book would be. It was great fun.

 Then we thought of a picture and described it. After a while we imagined we were animals.

The whole day was amazing and it gave me the chance to make a friend.

        

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

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Update: Money Management for 14-18 Year Olds – CANCELLED

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the below session on 4th April, due to low uptake of bookings. We will be scheduling another session for 14 – 18 year olds and will publish details as soon as possible. Sorry for any disappointment caused!

Manage your money!

Are you aged 14 to 18 and want to learn more about making your money go further?

Do you want to learn about budgeting and saving for the future?

Come along to our Money Management session that is being run by Barclays Life Skills, and  learn about: budgeting, saving, bank accounts, and much more!

When? Tuesday 4th April, 10 am – 1.45 pm. Lunch included!

Activities include:

Who wants to be a squillionare?

Money and Me

Needs Vs. Wants

If you would like to attend please complete the booking form below and send to young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk or post to: Carers in Hertfordshire, The Red House, 119 Fore Street, Hertford SG14 1AX

Please note: a 2017 annual consent form must be completed to be able to attend

Booking form: Flyer Money Management 040417

Annual consent form: annual-consent-form-2017

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Youth Connexions: Dacorum Young Carers Project

 Calling all Young Carers in Dacorum, aged 11 – 19!

Youth Connexions are setting up a fortnightly project for young carers aged 11 – 19, living in Dacorum.

You can find out more and meet other young carers by going to the event below on Wednesday 5th April 1 – 4.30 pm at XC Centre, Hemel Hempstead.

Youth Connexions Dacorum Poster

If you would like more information about Youth Connexions please visit their website: https://www.youthconnexions-hertfordshire.org/

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Whole Family Workshop: Year 6-7 Transition

Primary – Secondary School Transition

Moving between primary and secondary school can be an exciting and daunting time for young people and their families. For young carers, there might be extra considerations that you are thinking about.

If you or your child is in Year 6 then come along to our whole family workshop, which will offer:

  • Guidance for parents
  • Questions to ask
  • Creative activity for young carers
  • How can schools support you
  • Talking to the school about what it is like being a young carer

 

When: Wednesday 12th April 2017, 10 am – 12.30 pm

If you are unable to attend this workshop then you can find information about transition here: www.ycih.org/school-transitions

If you are interested in booking on to this workshop then please see the flyer below. Booking is essential, and a parent/guardian must attend with every young carer.

 

Booking form:Transition workshop flyer 12.4.17

2017 Annual consent form: annual-consent-form-2017

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