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 email@example.com
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.