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
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
Have you ever tried trampolining, rounders or table tennis?
Would you like to give skating, boxercise and gymnastics a go?
This winter we are working in partnership with Sportivate to offer two courses of activities and sports for you to enjoy. These are locality based – please see the information and booking forms below:
Sportivate: East Herts, Broxbourne and Welwyn/Hatfield. Age 11+
Activities: trampolining, table tennis, netball, badminton, rounders and football
This will be running for 6 weeks over December and January, and is available to young carers living in East Herts, Broxbourne and Welwyn/Hatfield aged 11+.
It will be every Tuesday from 5 – 6 p.m at John Warner Sports Centre in Hoddesdon.
Tues 6th December, 13th December, 10th January, 17th January, 24th January and 31st January
If you are interested in attending please get in touch on 01992 586969, or fill out the booking form: sportivate-east-herts-broxbourne-flyer
Sportivate: Hertsmere, St Albans and Welwyn/Hatfield. Age 8+
Activities: skating, boxercise, gymnastics, tennis and 2 more to be confirmed
This will be running in December and January and is available to young carers aged 8+ living in Hertsmere, St Albans and Welwyn/Hatfield.
It will be every Thursday from 5.30 – 6.30 p.m at The Hertswood Centre in Borehamwood.
Dates: Thurs 1st December, 8th December, 15th December, 12th January, 19th January, 26th January.
If you are interested in attending please get in touch on 01992586969, or fill our the booking form: sportivate-hertsmere-flyer
Please note: for both of these courses there is a separate consent form for Sportivate. This will be sent to you once we have confirmed your space.
We’ve had a very busy summer full of activities. This has included:
- braving heights whilst climbing, and darkness whilst caving!
- conquering fears of falling at the Snow Centre!
- scoring points in badminton, netball, handball and hockey!
- learning life skills at Stevenage Fire Station!
- cutting & sticking & collaging & creating!
Here is what young carers have said about just some of the activities…
Sportspace in Dacorum
Tori, age 10 says “I had lots of fun doing the activities & l liked all of them – especially trampolining!”
“it was super FUN!” “I liked playing cards, collaging, pizza and snacks!”
Residential Canal Boat trip
Annie, age 16 says “The boat trip was amazing, it was a great experience and I met some fantastic people with great personalities”
Fire-fighter for the Day!
A huge thank you to Sportspace Dacorum, Waterways Experience, Enable Care, Stevenage Fire Station, Snowbility and Unglue You and all of our fundraisers for supporting these projects!
Help us build Carer Friendly Communities!
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
This year the Young Carers Council will be hosting a cake & coffee morning for members of the public, to raise awareness and funds for young carers in Hertfordshire. Please bring along your friends and family to support this event:
Saturday 11th June
10.30 am – Midday
The Forum, Ibis Hotel, Danestrete, Stevenage, SG1 1EJ
If you would like to hear more about Carers Week and find other events near you, then please visit www.carersweek.org
If you or your child are in Year 6 then you will now be thinking about the transition from primary school to secondary school. This can be both an exciting and a daunting time for young carers and their families.
We have put together some information and guidelines on speaking to a new school about being a young carer. This was based upon a transition workshop we held with young carers and their families over the Easter holiday. You can hear more about this session at http://ycih.org/year-6-7-transition-workshop/
We are holding another workshop for Year 6 – 7 young carers and their families on Thursday 18th August in Stevenage. Please contact us if you would like more information.
Information for Parents: Transition – guidance for parents – academic year 16-17
Young Carer presentation: Transition – guidance for YC presentation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
There were no men overboard but huge cheers from the sidelines when Young Carers took to the water on Saturday 16th August as part of a Family Day and Regatta organised in partnership with the Turn the Tide Boat Project.
The YCs were supported by their families and friends when they raced their canoes they had built from scratch at Fairlands Valley Sailing Lake as part of a pioneering scheme which gives young people aged 12 to 18 who are living in challenging situations the opportunity to work as a team and build a dinghy or canoe from scratch.
After completing the eight-week course the YCs took to the water while their friends and family enjoyed picnics on the banks of the lake.
Marriotts School pupil Jason George, 14, from Stevenage, helps care for his mother, Paula, who is blind, and his partially blind dad, Abner.
Jason, pictured in action, along with Libby Moore, 12, was delighted to win one of the races in his canoe named ‘Army Fire’. He said: “I painted it khaki green so it’s the same as the Army and it flies through the water like fire!”
He is one of nine children and is registered as a young carer with Carers in Hertfordshire. His mum Paula said: “Luckily we get a lot of support from school, such as homework club, but days like this give Jason the space just to be himself for a change.”
In addition to the races, younger children took part in a colouring competition and young carers left their mark on a graffiti wall by adding their messages to say how their caring role makes them feel.
For more information on Turn the Tide Boat Project call Pete Cross on 01438 842200.
Visit our Facebook page to see more photos of this event.