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Young Carers – Festive Fun

Young Carers Service invites you to….

Festive Fun!

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

Holly 2015



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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.

Young Carers talking to professionals at the conference

Young Carers talking to professionals at the conference

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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Opportunity for Young Carers to be involved in a research project

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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 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)

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Young Carers Conference 2015

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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Young Carers Fabric Bag Workshop event

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.

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We are celebrtating our “Highly Commended” status

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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.




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Young Carer’s Day

Carers’ Week ran from 9-15 June and Friday 13 June was officially dubbed Young Carers’ Day. So what better way to raise awareness than to ask YCs to talk about their experiences themselves? It takes courage to talk to teachers and even pupils about something that is so personal.

We trained young carers to do this and to talk about how the support they have received has helped them.  As a result four schools have made a commitment to act to identify and help young carers. This is an excellent start and we hope more schools will pledge their support once the exam season comes to an end. Read more about Carers’ Week.  

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Young Carers in the City

Goldman  Sachs  5A career in the City and other high-flying profession is not off limits just because you are a carer. This was the inspirational message given to four of our young carers during a recent day out at a leading global investment bank.

The teenagers were invited  to learn about what support Goldman Sachs and other businesses can offer to employees who juggle their careers with caring roles.

YC Council chair Grace Huxtable, from Hemel, vice chair Kasey Penstone-Smith, from Hatfield, Watford YC Council member Shannon Woolford and Hertford YC volunteer Samaya Woolner travelled to the City with Carers in Hertfordshire’s Young Carers Involvement and Support Worker Marie Freeman.

After hearing from adult carers about how they balance work with their caring roles, the teenagers were given a tour of Goldman Sachs, including the trading floor. They were then offered advice on how they can use their caring experience to enhance their CV.

The YCs said the day, which was organised by Goldman Sachs in partnership with Carers Trust, had made them think more positively about their future, with one commenting: “It showed me how to utilize my caring skills in the working world to present my knowledge of and background in caring in a positive light.”

On behalf of YCs we would like to thank Goldman Sachs for such an inspirational day.

Photo shows, from left: Young carers Shannon Woolford, Kasey Penstone-Smith, YC volunteer Samaya Woolner, Carers in Hertfordshire’s Marie Freeman and Grace Huxtable outside Goldman Sachs 

Japan TV crew June 2014Last but not least … A Japanese film crew interviewed two of our young carers for a documentary to raise awareness about young people taking on caring roles in Japan. Here they are filming outside our Hertford office with Carole Whittle. The fabulous work of our Young Carers’ Council has now spread far and wide!

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