We would like to understand more about young carer’s experiences of using services to support them in their young carer roles and have created a survey to find out more.
This information will feed into the decision making process about how young carer services will be planned for the future so it is important that we get as much information as possible.
To complete the survey please click here. The closing date for survey responses is 1st August 2017.
We are really excited to be able to offer young carers aged 8 – 12 the opportunity to come on a residential break in Hertfordshire, on Tuesday 22nd August – Thursday 24th August 2017.
The 2 days/nights will be filled with lots of activities to enjoy, such as:
Dragons Den Challenge
Please note: there are limited spaces on this residential, and so there is an application form.
For more information, and to apply please download this flyer: YC Residential
Deadline for applications is Monday 10th July 2017. Please email to: email@example.com
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.
First Aid for Young Carers
Come and learn life-saving skills on a First Aid course for young carers on Friday 4th August. Learn about resuscitation, recovery position, what to do in an emergency, and much, much more! This will be run by Critical Response.
Meet other young carers and enjoy lunch together!
Friday 4th August, 10 am – 12.45 pm: Young Carers aged 8 – 12
Friday 4th August, 12.15 pm – 4 pm: Young Carers aged 13 – 18
You can learn more about Critical Response on their website: http://www.criticalresponsetraining.co.uk/
Whole Family Skiing – for young carers under 8
Try a 1 hour taster for young carers aged under 8 and their family members!
Friday 28th July; various times throughout the day.
Where: The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead
Please note: spaces are very limited on this opportunity, and we cannot guarantee that everyone will get a space
Adrenaline Adventures: age 13+
Come to Fairlands Valley for our Summer Celebration for young carers aged 13 – 18.
Take part in High ropes and Crate stacking, meet other young carers and have some fun!
Friday 18th August 3 – 5 pm: Fairlands Valley, Stevenage
Young Adult Carer Ski Course
For young adult carers aged 16 – 25 we have a ski course every Wednesday evening during the summer holidays 6 – 8 pm.
Learn a new skill
Meet other young adult carers
Running every Wednesday from 26th July – 30th August 6 – 8 pm.
Please note: there will be a Carers in Herts staff member to greet young adult carers on the first week, and the final week. On other weeks you will be expected to arrive at the Snow Centre and go straight to the Snowbility Instructors.
Please note: Spaces are very limited on this course – applicants must be able to attend every session
Adrenaline Adventure: High ropes Flyer 180817
First Aid, aged 8 – 12: First Aid 8 – 12 Flyer
First Aid, aged 13 – 18: First Aid 13 – 18 Flyer
Annual Consent Form: annual-consent-form-2017
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.
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!
We will be running a workshop Planning for the Future for young carers aged 14-18 on Saturday 13th May.
- Healthy Eating
- Making your money go further
- Writing CVs – thinking about your skills, hobbies and interests that will help when looking for jobs
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
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.