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 email@example.com
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….
We are working with Herts 1125 to produce a specific section of the Hertfordshire Young Peoples Manifesto about Young Carers. The top two priorities for young carers are:
1. Supporting Young Carers in School: How this can be done considerately, the need for young carers to access support and information in schools.
To have your say, complete the survey here: http://www.mi-event.info/event/ycsupportinschool
2. Local Young Carer support groups: What is the need for local support groups, what are the benefits to young carers and what would they like available.
To have your say, complete the survey here: http://www.mi-event.info/event/ycsupportgroups
Young Carers Conference – 2015
Fantasticats – The Impact
On Friday 20th February our Young Carers Conference, organised by the Young Carers Council, took place at Gosling Sports Centre. The conference was a huge success attended by approx 40 young carers and 70 professionals.
The theme was Fantasticats. The young carers all made a Fantasticat – a sock puppet with a personality based on all the positives about themselves. The young carers introduced their Fantasticats to professionals including Commissioners, Herts County Council staff, Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP surgeries, schools and voluntary organisations. Through their Fantasticats young carers talked about how much they love being with the person they care for, how they have overcome bullying and prejudice and their exciting plans for the future. We had budding scientists and surgeons amongst us. Professionals’ feedback said how inspirational the young carers were.
A sketch from the young carers showed us how upset they become when bullied and ignored.
The commissioners left the conference in no doubt of the future envisioned by young carers. This included having their voices heard, support and counselling, more understanding about young carers in the wider community and meeting other young carers for support and activities.
All in all – a resounding success
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Are you a young carer aged 13-18, offering unpaid care or support to a family member?
You are invited to take part in an online questionnaire about risk behaviour, including smoking, drugs, exercise, sex and food. Sometimes, teenagers experiment with risk-taking. Your answers will help to improve understanding of risk behaviour in young carers. Visit www.youngcarerstudy.wordpress.com for more information.
(Please note, this is not a Carers in Hertfordshire project and all questions or comments should be sent to the researcher via the contact details on the website)
Our annual Young Carers Conference will be on February 20th this year and will be attended by young carers and professionals. Invitations have been sent out but if you have not heard from us and are interested in attending, please contact us for details.
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