Carers Corner

Residential Canal Boat Trip – September 2016

A weekend away on a canal boat in Hertfordshire for young carers aged 14 – 18!

There is a fantastic opportunity for young carers aged 14 – 18 to take part in a weekend residential canal boating experience on September 16th – 18th 2016.

This is being run by Waterway Experience and Enable Care.

Young carers will be supported by a team of four experienced volunteer crew. They will board at Kings Langley on Friday at 6 pm, and arrive back on Sunday around 5 p.m.

This is a brilliant opportunity to:

  • Build relationships and take part in team-building
  • Develop life skills and confidence
  • Experience a weekend away and travel through Hertfordshire
  • Have lots of fun!

The boats are equipped with a wet room with toilet and shower facilities, a kitchen and large area for relaxing and socialising in, which then gets converted into a dormitory at night.

Please note that this event is not organised by Carers in Hertfordshire and we therefore cannot offer transport to and from the boat.

 If you are interested in booking or would like more information please contact us by 31st August 2016. We will then pass on your contact details to Alice Walters at Enable, who will contact you about the booking process. There will be a separate consent form.

Please note there are limited spaces so contact us as soon as possible.

More information about Enable Care: Enable Carer September 2016

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Museums in Motion

Museums in Motion

Over May Bank Holiday weekend young carers came together at Watford Museum for a project that combined dance, movement, film and music. Working with BEEE Creative and MAKEamplify the group created a film installation, using different artefacts from the museum and their own skills in music, dance and film.

You can view the film here: https://vimeo.com/174021973

This can also be viewed at Watford Museum throughout the summer holidays.

For more information on BEEE Creative and the Museum in Motion project throughout Hertfordshire please check out their facebook page:  www.facebook.com/museumsinmotion

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Sportspace Summer 2016

Have you ever tried climbing, caving or trampolining?

Would you like to give cardio kicks, fencing or badminton a go?

This summer we are working in partnership with Sportspace Dacorum to offer taster sessions of a range of activities and sports for you to enjoy. This will be running every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer holiday, and is available to young carers living in Dacorum, St Albans, Watford and Three Rivers aged 8+.

28th July: Trampolining and Handball

4th August: Cardio kick, aerobics, circuits, bootcamp exercise (aged 15+)

11th August: Netball and Rush Hockey

18th August: Climbing and Caving

25th August: Fencing and Badminton

1st September: Orienteering at Phasels Wood

 

If you are interested in attending any of the above then please contact us as soon as possible – spaces are limited.

 

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Creative Collaging for Young Carers – East Herts

East Herts Creative Collage for Young Carers: Tuesday 9th August

Join young carers, Carers in Herts and UnglueYou and get your creative juices flowing!

An opportunity for East Herts young carers aged 16 and under to meet other local young carers, and explore ‘All About Me’; your hobbies, interests, and what it is like to be you.

This is a one-off session so please do book as soon as possible.

Young Carers have said:

“Collaging brought back some amazing memories. I enjoyed sharing about my life!”

“What I liked about today is that I got to express myself in picture and on paper”

“I really liked finding new ways to express how you think and what you like”

Lunch included!

10.30 am – 1.15 pm: Young carers aged 8 – 11      12.45 – 3.30 pm: Young carers aged 12 – 16

Check out Cleveland getting creative…

Cleveland transition workshop

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Calling all Young Carers – Make Yourself Heard!

Young Carers Youth Manifesto

Loud speaker

This year we are working with Herts 1125 again to produce a specific section of the Hertfordshire Young Peoples Manifesto about Young Carers. The top two priorities for young carers are:

 

Young Carer Awareness: awareness of young carers’ responsibilities, impact on education and personal life, and recognition and support for their caring role

 

Opportunities for young carers: availability of activities and opportunities, and the barriers for young carers in accessing these including financial, accessibility and location.

 

If you are a young carer, have your say by completing the survey online: http://surveys.hertfordshire.gov.uk/s/ypcarers/

The more young carers who complete this survey the stronger their voice will be so ACT NOW.

 

You can download the 2015 Young Carers Manifesto here: Herts-1125-Manifesto-2015-YoungCarers

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Summer 2016 – Activities for Young Carers

We have a busy summer ahead with lots of activities and projects for young carers. More information can be found on each activity in the attachments at the bottom of the page. Booking is essential for every event, and we will need an annual consent form for each young carer that would like to attend. Please contact us for more information if you are interested in any of our events.

Project Freefall: Saturday 2nd and 16th July

Young carers age 14 – 19 will be working with Freefall Theatre to explore transitions that young carers experience for a 2 day workshop 10 am – 4 pm. Lunch included.

  • Practical training and learn new skills!
  • Achieve an Arts Award – great for your CV!

You can learn more about the work of Project Freefall on their youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwudrmQLukU

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. Lunch included!

10.30 am – 1.15 pm: Young carers age 11 and under      12.45 – 3.30 pm: Young carers aged 12 – 16

Check out Cleveland getting creative…

Cleveland transition workshop

 

Sportspace Dacorum

Try a new sport or activity this summer!

Climbing…Caving …Fencing…Orienteering…Badminton…Fitness classes…Netball…And much, much more!

Every Thursday 2 – 4 pm throughout the summer holidays, for young carers living in Dacorum, St Albans District, Watford and Three Rivers. Lunch included.

Firefighter for the day – Friday 12th August

Young carers in Stevenage aged 8 and over can be a Firefighter for a day! Meet the fire crew and try out fire-fighting skills. Lunch included.

Trip to B'Wood Fire Station 2

 

Skiing course

A chance to try out a new skill and learn to ski! Course of 6 weeks – every Wednesday throughout the summer holidays for young carers. Participants must be able to attend every session. Please contact us for more information.

 Year 6 – 7 transition event – Thursday 18th August

A workshop for young carers and their families looking at the transition from Primary to Secondary school. Young carers will be able to be creative and make a project for their secondary school; parents can learn more about this transition, share concerns and find out about gaining the right support.

This workshop is being held in Stevenage, 10 – 12.30.

 

More information and booking forms:

Project Freefall: Freefall Theatre Project flyer 020716 – 160716

Creative Collage age 11 and under: Collage workshop 090816 FLYER am – younger group

Creative Collage aged 12 – 16: Collage workshop 090816 FLYER PM – older group

Sportspace Dacorum: details are still being confirmed. This will be amended once every activity is finalised.

Stevenage Fire Station: Flyer YC trip to Stevenage Fire Station

Year 6-7 Transition for YC and family: Transition workshop flyer 18.8.16

 

 

 

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Carers Week Coffee Morning

A huge thank you to the Young Carers Council who hosted a cake and coffee morning in Stevenage on Saturday morning.

Young Carers coffee am Carers Week 2016

 

The event was in aid of Carers Week to raise awareness of young carers, as well as a celebration of Carers in Hertfordshire’s 21st Birthday.

6 young carers helped to decorate cakes, welcomed members of the public and talked about the role of the Young Carers Council. The event raised over £80 for young carers in Hertfordshire – THANK YOU!

 

Cake

We were also excited to welcome the newly elected Youth Mayor for Stevenage, Emma, who has said she would like to raise awareness of young carers in the town.

Thank you to everyone who supported this event!

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