We are pleased to announce that following our Young Carers Council meeting in April we have a new Chair and Vice-Chair. Kailan and Annie have both been a part of the council for over 5 years, and have been involved in the Young Carer Conference, Youth Manifesto and other projects that will support them in their new role. You can hear more from Kailan and Annie in the Meet the Team page of the website.
We would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Grace and Kasey who have moved on from their roles as Chair and Vice-Chair. They have given a huge amount of time, effort, support and ideas to the council and young carers in Hertfordshire, which has been invaluable to us.
We are delighted to be nominated to be the Partnership Charity of YoungEducation, an organisation which provides tuition and home tutoring to children and young people. The elected Partnership Charity will receive a donation from YoungEducation for every lesson that they deliver.
This would be a fantastic opportunity to raise funds for the Young Carers Service at Carers in Hertfordshire, and would enable us to provide further support to young carers across Hertfordshire.
How to vote for Young Carers Service:
Voting opens on Sunday 1st May and closes on Saturday 7th May, and the winner will then be announced.
To vote: Our logo is displayed on YoungEducation’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/officialYoungEducation) – to vote for us please ‘like’ our logo. The charity with the most likes will become the Charity Partner for 2016.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Over Easter 5 young carers, their parents and siblings came to our workshop which focused on the transition from Primary to Secondary School.
Young carers used drawing and collaging to think about and express how they felt about moving schools, as well as what they enjoy doing, what their skills are and how their caring role affects them. Cleveland got involved too!
Parents shared their concerns about moving schools, and came up with a list of useful questions to ask the new school to make sure young carers are supported:
- Is there a homework club and what support is given?
- What financial support is available for trips/activities?
- Is there a young carers’ group in school?
- Who should I go to if I need to talk?
If you are a young carer in Hertfordshire and need support with the transition between schools then please contact us.
In half term our Young Carers Conference, organised by the Young Carers Council, took place at Watford Football Club. We called the conference YCFC, and it was a busy and successful day with 50 young carers and over 40 professionals.
The conference was focused on priorities for young carers in Hertfordshire for 2016, and included the issues that matter most to young carers. These included:
- Early identification of being a young carer
- The impact caring has on emotional and physical wellbeing
- Better support in school and with transitions
- Being listened to and included in decisions about care
- The effect caring has on family finances
Young carers were able to share their stories with the professionals and with each other. Professionals feedback said how much they liked hearing from young carers, and that they now have a better understanding of the challenges faced.
We also welcomed Freefall Productions who performed 3 scenes based on a young carer’s life.
In the afternoon young carers were able to meet three Watford Football Club players. They asked lots of great questions, like whether they were ever told they wouldn’t be able to succeed and what they loved most about the game. The day ended on a high with a tour of the stadium.
You can check out the day at Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vPMOii2A-o
Young Carers Service invites you to….
Wednesday 30th December 1 pm – 3 pm
Join us for our new beginnings Christmas and New Year celebration for young carers in Hertfordshire.
Come along for games, music, food and fun!
If you would like to join us, please telephone 01992 58 69 69 or email email@example.com
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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These are the results of one of our Young Carers workshops recently where they were shown and taught how to make their own bags. All the carers had a great time and we are sure you will agree the bags look great! Well done to all the Young Carers for their efforts.
We are so proud that the young carers team were Highly Commended in the 2014 Children & Young People Now Awards In the Young Carer category. Unfortunately we missed the ceremony but it looks like it was a good event.
Congratulations to The Roundhouse in Portsmouth who won this category.