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Young Carers Newsletter!

We are really excited to introduce our first ever Young Carers Newsletter!

This is going to be produced three times a year – and sent out in June, October (virtual only) and March. We hope there is something in it for everyone. You can download a copy here, or see the images below: YC newsletter – June 2022 FINAL

If you have any ideas on what you would like in future editions, or want to answer any of our questions from June’s newsletter, then please email young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk

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Summer Programme 2022

Summer is nearly here, and we know you are all super eager to hear our plans!!

Thankfully it looks like we will again be able to run a busy programme of courses and activities for young carers this Summer. Below you will see a number of options, so have a look, check what you are available for and then contact us by emailing young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk or calling 01992 586 969 to book onto the one you like the most!

As always, we need a completed and signed Annual Consent Form 2022 returned to our office (if you haven’t done so already) before young carers can book on to any of our activities.

We are expecting a high number of young carers wanting to book on, so to make it fair we will be limiting places to one course/activity per young carer. We will add any further interest onto a reserve list in case we have any additional spaces!

We do ask that where you can, families organise their own transport to/from activities. To make our activities accessible, we will be offering taxis for those who need them. With the rise in costs, we ask that you please think about this before booking on and only request transport if it is essential to you attending and if you are certain you can make the date.

2022 Summer Courses
Skiing
Once again, our friends at Snowbility are offering their fab beginner courses over the 6 weeks. Equipment is provided but you will need warm, waterproof clothes as the slope is covered in the cold stuff (real snow!).

Location: The Snow Centre, St Albans Hill, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9NH
*Please note, you will need to be available for at least 5 out of the 6 sessions to book onto this and we will be prioritising spaces to those who have not already attended a ski course*

Skiing course for 8-13 year olds
Wednesdays (27th July – 31st August), 1:00pm – 2:30pm (FULLY BOOKED)
OR
Fridays (29th July – 2nd September), 1:00pm – 2:30pm (FULLY BOOKED)

Skiing course for 14-18 year olds
Wednesdays (27th July – 31st August), 3:30pm -5:00pm

Lawn Bowls
Hertford Bowls Club are running another fantastic course for carers to learn this competitive and relaxing sport. Plus, you can catch up with the same group each week and enjoy the Summer weather outdoors!

Location: Hertford Bowls Club, Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EG
*Please note, trainers or flat shoes advised*

Lawn Bowls for 8+ years
Thursdays (28th July – 25th August), 10:00am – 12:00pm

2022 One-off activities
Kayaking
Fancy spending a couple of hours on the water enjoying a ‘paddle’ and some games? Herts Young Mariners Base will be running two fun sessions for up to 20 young carers at a time.

Location: Herts Young Mariners Base, 231 Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, EN8 9AJ
*Please note, all safety equipment is provided, but it is likely you may get at least a little wet, so appropriate clothing/shoes advised*

Kayaking for 8-12 year olds
Monday 1st August, 9:30am – 11:30am (FULLY BOOKED)

Kayaking for 13-18 year olds
Monday 1st August, 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Badminton
Herts Badminton Association are offering a one-off coached session with activities giving young carers a break and some fun whilst also learning the skills to play badminton.

Location: Ware Drill Hall, 17 Amwell End, Ware, SG12 9HP
*Please note, trainers or flat shoes advised*

Badminton for 8+ years
Tuesday 2nd August, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Art
Join us for a session all about ‘expressing yourself’ through art. We are running three one-off calm and creative sessions across the county in North Herts, Mid Herts and South Herts.

Locations: we will confirm this once you’re booked on, let us know your preferred date/location and we will try and accommodate where possible

Art for 8-12 year olds
Tuesday 2nd August, 2:00pm – 5:00pm (Park Street Baptist Church, St Albans)
OR
Thursday 4th August, 2:00pm – 5:00pm (United Reformed Church, Welwyn Garden City)
OR
Thursday 25th August, 2:00pm – 5:00pm – (Hitchin Youth Trust)

Residential for 13+ (9th-11th August) – applications now closed
We’re thrilled to say that residentials are back! We will be running our first residential since 2019 this Summer and it is for young carers aged 13 – 18 years. Please see below for details:

Dates & Times: Tuesday 9th @ 1:00pm – Thursday 11th August @ 11:00am
Location: Wymondley Wood Scout & Guide Centre, Wymondley Road, Willian, Herts, SG6 2UB

Residentials give young carers the chance to: gain new skills, take part in exciting activities and challenges, build confidence, develop presentation skills, and make new friends. As well as having the opportunity to talk about their caring role and help share future services for young carers, there will also be the chance to take part in activities such as archery, cooking and a woodland adventure. Please note that meals are provided and there is no cost for this residential.

Please click HERE to access the leaflet and application form for more information – if you are interested in joining us, please complete the form and return to us either by email (young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk) or post (Carers in Hertfordshire, The Red House, 119 Fore Street, Hertford, Herts, SG14 1AX) by Wednesday 29th June 2022. If you need a printed copy posted out to you to complete, please email us, or call 01992 586 969.

Please note: There are a maximum of 20 spaces available and if we have more than 20 applications then we will be using this application form to allocate spaces. Priority will be given to those who have not attended our Residential before.

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Young Carers Conference 2022!

This is Real Life …

It’s that time of year again! We have our annual Young Carers Conference on Thursday 17th February.  This year the theme is ‘This is real life …’

Please note that spaces are limited so please do apply as soon as you can.  You cannot book your place until we have a completed 2022 Annual Consent Form for you.  The deadline for applications is the 31st January and please do call 01992 586969 or email young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk for more information or to book your place!

 

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Calling all Young Adult Carers

Are you aged between 16-25?

Do you want to learn new, useful skills and meet other young adult carers whilst taking part in a fun activity?

Then you should have a look at our upcoming Skills to Succeed workshops!

Join us for a series of workshops to give you the skills and confidence needed for your next steps in life.  Each one will be a mixture of practical activities, information sessions and ways to support your wellbeing – there is something for everyone!  Attend them all or pick & mix – it is up to you!
 

Preparing for work & Stress-busting  

What: A jam packed day filled with CV and application writing, interview skills with drama and stress-busting through music!

  • Top tips for a good CV/application 
  • What do I write on my CV? 
  • Confidence building for interviews 
  • How do I express myself when I’m under pressure?
  • Getting creative with music & let off steam by making some noise 

Saturday 4th December 10am – 4pm at Park Street Baptist Church in St Albans.

Other info: Lunch is provided – please let us know any dietary requirements 

 

Money management & Cooking/healthy eating 

What: Learn all about how to manage your money, including:

  • bank accounts
  • how to save and budget 
  • what happens when things don’t go to plan 

Prepare and cook a delicious and healthy meal to give you confidence in the kitchen (and on a budget too).

Tuesday 7th December 5:30pm – 8pm at Ridgeway Academy in Welwyn.

 

Benefits for young adult carers & Yoga 

What: Learn all about the benefits available; how to apply for them, who they are for, what you may be entitled to (now and in the future). Finish up with a relaxing yoga session, giving you the tools to unwind at home.

Wednesday 8th December 5.30pm – 7.45pm at Park Street Baptist Church in St Albans. 

 

‘What Next?’ Online session: Mindfulness, Boxing & Next Steps 

What: This will help you reflect on what you have learnt from the sessions, and what you want to achieve next. Combined with mindfulness and boxing, this will give you a chance to release any stresses you may have. You can still attend this workshop if you haven’t attended any others.     

Tuesday 14th December 6pm – 8pm online session – Zoom 

 

Please email young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk or call 01992 586969 to book your space on your chosen workshop/s.  You will need to be registered with Carers in Hertfordshire and have a completed 2021 annual consent form if aged between 16-18.  Please note that we can support you with transport if you need it.

Join us – learn some new skills – make some new friends – have a lot of fun!

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October Half Term is coming!

What a whirlwind of a summer we had and hey look the sun is still here!  We hope you are all enjoying being back at school and if not do not worry the count down to half term is on.  We love an autumnal celebration so we have some activities coming up in October for young carers to join in with.  Please see details below and if you spot something you would like to book onto just let us know.

Young Carers Podcast – Monday 25th October 10:30am-12:30pm at Sandridge Village Hall

That’s right we are going to have some episodes of a young carers podcast available to share, listen to stories from other young carers and hopefully spread awareness.  Some of you have been involved with planning this over the past few months and we are ready to record some young carers speaking about important things.  This is open to any young carers aged 8-18

Almost full! Young Carers Great Wood Adventure – Tuesday 26th October 11am – 1pm

This one is for 8-12 year olds and we will be having fun rambles, games and crafts in the woods!  Bring your wellies because fun and possibly mud will be there!  Burn some energy while we connect with nature.

Wednesday – YCs Council meeting.  This is an invite only event so if you had any questions around joining the council please contact the team to talk to us about it.

Young Carers Great Wood Adventure – Thursday 28th October 11am – 1pm

This one is for 13+ year olds and we will be having fun rambles, games and crafts in the woods!  Bring your wellies because fun and possibly mud will be there!  Burn some energy while we connect with nature.

Almost full! Autumn Spooky Art workshop – Friday 29th October 10:30am-12:30pm

Come along and do some art with our fantastic resident artist and we will look at expressing our feelings through art as well as learn how to draw some fab and maybe some spooky things!

 

REMEMBER – you need a completed 2021 Annual consent form to book onto any activity.  If you have been on something already this year you will have one and do not need to do it again but if you need any help completing this let us know.  We also hope we will be able to run the activities as stated but please be aware this is based on the current Covid restrictions so should anything change between now and then we will update you if this will effect your activity.

You can email the young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk with the activity you want to book onto and your name or you can call 01992 586969.  If you need support with transport please do let us know.

Thank you and we hope to see you for some spooky fun in October!

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Young Carers Big Summer Programme

We hope you are ready for this ….  the epic event that is Summer ‘21 with the Young Carers Team!!

Well I hope you are because that is what we are telling you about now!  You have all been so amazing for the past year+ dealing with the challenging pandemic impact on all our lives and we are so excited to get back to what we do best .. running around having fun all summer!  To celebrate all young carers across the county we have put together our biggest summer programme .. maybe ever and we are inviting you to join us!  Below you will see a number of options so have a look, see what you are available for and then contact us at 01992 586969 or young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk to book onto the one you like the most!

*Remember you need an up to date 2021 Annual consent form to book onto any activity!*

 

Lawn Bowls for any YCs aged 8 and over

Hertford bowls club are again running this wonderful session for carers to come along, learn the competitive and relaxing sport, catch up with the same group every week, have many biscuits and a general lush time in the sunshine each week!

Every Thursday 10am-12pm between 22nd July – 26th August

 

Big Summer rolling festival/bonanza whatever you want to call it!

Each week we will be in a different part of the county bringing a big group of 20 young carers together to take part in awesome activities like archery, human table football, tennis, dodgeball, handball, water games (restrictions allowing) and many more combined with the thing we all love … Co-production!  Now don’t worry that is a fancy way of saying you get the chance to tell us how we should run our service, what works, what doesn’t work and make changes to the things we use like assessments, letters and all sorts!  This is an incredibly opportunity to have fun, meet lots of other young carers and really have an impact on the support we offer all young carers so be prepared to help us make things better whilst we have a lot of fun!

*please note you must be available both days to book on*

Week 1 – St Albans (central) – each day will be about a 10:30am arrival and going through til 5:30pm

8-12 year olds have Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd August

13+ year olds have Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th August

 

Week 2 – Herts Young Mariners (east) – 10:30am-5:30pm

8-12 year olds Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th August

13+ year olds Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th August

 

Week 3 – Fairlands (north) – 10:30am-5:30pm

8-12 year olds Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th August

13+ year olds Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th August

 

Week 4 – The Dacorum Activity Hub (west) – 10:30am-5:30pm

8-12 year olds Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th August

13+ year olds Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th August

 

Young Carers Wild Wellbeing – 11-18 year olds

These sessions are based outside at our lovely friends over at Hudnall Park where they focus on all things wellbeing!  The aim is to enable young people to support their mental health by connecting to nature.  There will be a number of activities and it runs over the whole 6 weeks.  19+ can be considered for this too so get in contact with us if any young adult carers are interested.

Every Friday at 11am-1:30pm between 23rd July and 27th August

 

Young Adult Carer Summer picnic

Anyone aged 16 and over is invited to the first ever Young Adult carer summer picnic!  We will have games and music in Verulanium park in St Albans on Friday 27th August between 2:30pm-4:30pm.  Bring your own blanket and some snacks to meet some new friends, have some fun and welcome the weekend!

 

Skiing courses – All fully booked!

Our wonderful friends at Snowbility are offering awesome beginner courses over the 6 weeks at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.  Equipment is on hand but you will need warm, water proof-ish clothes to wear too to keep you nice and warm on the slope!

8-13 year olds – 2 courses are running but these now have a waiting list!

 14-17 year olds – 1 course running  but again this has a waiting list!

Anyone 18+ ask us about the adult/Young adult carer sessions or check out Carers in Herts main website for more info!

*Please do ask us any questions you might have as we run skiing regularly but it is so incredibly popular this round is full and if we can get you on a future opportunity we will.”

 

There will also be a Whole Family Summer picnic that we will contact families directly about once booking for that opens – ask for us for details as this will be for under 8s and thank you for your patience while we confirm the details of this one.

 

Once booked onto an activity you will be given full details, any requirements about what you might need to bring with you but if you need any additional information in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us.  Thank you for taking the time to read this and please see some important info below.  Book your spaces now and join us for an epic summer!

IMPORTANT info – please note you cannot confirm booking onto any activity until we have an up to date annual consent form.  If you have already completed one this year you will be fine and if you still need to do one please click on this link Annual Consent Form 2021 to download a copy to complete or speak to us in the office if you need one posted out to you to complete.

This is a big programme allowing as many of our 2,000 registered young carers to take part in an activity so please pick the one you want the most as you will not be able to book onto multiple big activities.  If unsure about what is best for you in your particular circumstances please talk to us in the team.

We do ask that everyone who can get themselves to and from an activity does but if you have any concerns or need support with transport please let us know.

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The sun is back!

What better way to welcome back the nice weather than with real life activities coming back to the Young Carers team!!

We know it has been a long year on zoom and thank you for your patience of helping to keep everyone safe during this time by following the rules.  Now we are allowed to go out and see more people whilst keeping safe, we are happy to be planning and running activities again that do not involve the word zoom!  A big summer programme is coming so keep your eye out for that and for May you will have been sent information alongside the Young Carer survey, which will play a big part in shaping Herts County Council’s new Carers Strategy!  The team are all here if you have any questions or need additional information and we wish you a very fun May half term!

Who doesn’t love a survey … well possibly a lot of people BUT it is a really quick and easy way to be a part of this super important opportunity to improve services for carers of all ages across Hertfordshire!  Click on the link and be a part of something awesome to support yourself, your family and lots of other young carers!  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XXGMX6Q

 

May half term (mostly in June but you know what we mean)

YCs Podcast workshop – exciting times developing this further after conference!

Year 6-7 transition – Secondary school times ahead wooo!

Singing in the Park – Great for stress release and we get to hang out in the real outside world we have missed for a while!

YCs Council Meeting – our local champions will be meeting to finalise the exciting summer ahead so watch this space!

 

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Treasure the earth and join our April competition!!

The sun is back!  Yes it also brought it’s friend snow and is confusing us with the bright light & freezing cold wind but STILL we welcome the longer days and extra doses of vitamin D!

With this love of nature and Earth day not too far away we are happy to say that our April competition is all about nature and our wonderful planet.  Every day is earth day in our minds because the planet is our giant home so we need to look after it as much as it looks after us.

So what is your favourite thing about the earth?  How cool is nature!  What do you do to try and recycle things, eat healthier or use less energy at home or at school?  Do you have any ideas about what we should all do to help the environment?  We want to hear your thoughts, ideas and see any pictures of what you do to help the earth.  That might be a bug hotel you have in your garden, plants you look after inside, recycling you do at home or at school, ideas you have for what else we should do to look after the earth or anything you can think of!

Voucher prizes are given to the winner and runner up as well as thank you’s for everyone who takes part so join us in celebrating planet earth this April!  The deadline for your entries is Friday 30th April and judging will take place the following week.

Please email your entries to young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk putting Competition in the email subject along with your name and age so we know what belongs to whom!  You can also post us entries to the office in Hertford and if you have any questions or need additional information please give us a call on 01992 586969.

Thanks and good luck!

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Welcome back Spring!

What’s that … Competitions are still going?  We had a bit of a break with all things Conference so sorry for being quiet but we are back and want to hear from you Young Carers!

Spring is nearly upon us, the daffodils are blooming and new things are coming over the horizon!!  With that spirit in mind, it is competition time!  So we want to hear from you about what you’re looking forward to in spring?? 

Flowers?  Bees and birds being around more?  Life outside?  Being able to safely go back to school?  Seeing friends and family outside safely?  Warmer days (maybe who knows with our weather!) 

Voucher prizes are still up for grabs to the winner and runner up as well as thank you’s for everyone who takes part! 

The deadline for your entries is Wednesday 31st March and we will be in contact with the results at the end of the following week. 

Please email entries to young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk – put “Competition” in the subject then in the email make sure to include your name and age so we know which ones belong to whom.  Check out other competition topics and winners below and as always feel free to call or email the team with any questions – 01992 586969

Thank you and good luck!

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September competition time!

We all know what September means … Back to School!

Now we have had a couple of weeks getting used to the new normal it is time for some fun competition!

We want to hear from you, young carers!

What is new?

What is different?

What is the same?

Who actually likes getting up in the morning?!

We would love to hear from you about how school is going now you are back.  Friends = yay, homework = nay?!  Pictures, stories, fun quotes, send us whatever works for you to tell us how being Back to School is for you.

Prizes are up for grabs to the winner and runner up as well as thank you’s for everyone who takes part!

The deadline for your entries is Wednesday 30th September with the winning entries being announced at the end of that week.

Please email entries to young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk – put “Competition” in the subject then in the email make sure to put your name and age so we know which ones belong to who.

To check our previous months winners and runner up please click here

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