Young Carer Involvement
Change of time: Please note we have changed the time of this workshop. See below for updated details!
Are you a young carer, aged 11+ ?
Do you ever feel stressed and overwhelmed?
Would you like to learn some practical tips to recognise and manage stress?
We are hosting an ‘Excelling Under Pressure’ workshop focusing on stress management, run by the Stress Management Society.
When: Tuesday 29th October 3.30 – 5pm
Where: Oxlease House, Travellers Lane, Hatfield
Please note: There are limited spaces available on this workshop so booking is required. All young carers need to have a completed 2019 Annual Consent Form to book on, and be aged 11+.
Annual consent form: Annual Consent Form 2019 v2
Research participants needed!
Are you a young carer living in Herts?
Are you aged 11 – 18?
Want to get involved in developing our app for Young Carers in Herts?
Jodie Deards, the Carers Lead at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (Lister Hospital) and Professor Natalie Pattison, who works at the hospital and the University of Hertfordshire, are working on a research project to develop the Young Carers in Herts App that was designed with members of the Young Carers Council.
The research project is now open and they are looking to recruit young carers. You will be asked to participate in an interview (approx. 45minutes) to hear your views on where you find health information and what do you think of the app. This interview can take place at a time and place that is convenient for you.
If you are interested or would like to find out more information, contact Jodie Deards:
Young Carer Activities
We have had a busy Easter break with lots of different activities for young carers; bowls, primary – secondary school transition session for the whole family and a trip to Watford Football Club, as well as our half-termly meeting with the Young Carers Council.
We are excited to be able to offer the below activities. Please keep checking this page for updates and additional events and activities. Information will soon be sent out via email about the May half term activities.
If you would like further information on these activities please see the flyers. You can contact Carers in Hertfordshire on 01992 586969, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that bookings can only be accepted when we have a 2019 Annual Consent Form: Annual Consent Form 2019 v2
May Half Term:
|Museums in Motion – mixed art project (dance, audio-visual and music)||Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th May 10 am – 4 pm (you must be able to attend each day)||Young carers
aged 11 – 14
|Whole Family Skiing – taster session||Wednesday 29th May – various times available||Young carers aged under 8 and their families||Hemel Hempstead|
|Footgolf||Thursday 30th May||Young carers aged 8 + living in St Albans, Watford, Three Rivers, Dacorum & Hertsmere||Dacorum|
If you are interested in the Museums in Motion project please see information below. Please note that this is being run externally by BEEE Creative, and we will need to pass on your contact details to them.
Museums in Motion flyer: Watford Museum Project info
We will be offering:
- Young Carers Residential for young carers aged 13 – 18, Tuesday 30th July – Thursday 1st August
- Young Carers Residential for young carers aged 8 – 12, Tuesday 20th August – Thursday 22nd August
- Ski course during summer holidays, for young carers age 8+, and young adult carers age 16-25.
Please note that the activities in the summer holidays will be advertised nearer the time, so we will not be taking any bookings or applications yet.
It’s Young Carers Awareness Day on Thursday 31st January 2019 – a day to celebrate, recognise and raise awareness about young carers in the UK.
The focus this year is young carers’ mental health. The pressures of caring can lead to mental health problems, anxiety and stress and the Carers Trust, which oversees the Day, wants to improve awareness about the mental health support needs of young carers.
To tie in with the Day we want YOU to get involved and ‘Walk a mile in young carers’ shoes’ and think about what young carers’ lives are like, their priorities, feelings and experiences.
There are various ways you can get involved, including:
- Organising an activity such as a cake sale or a sponsored walk and donate the money to support our work with young carers. Walking can improve mental health as it releases endorphins that boost energy and mood; or
- Share information about young carers and the support available.
Figures from a recent NHS survey found that 13% of young carers had anxiety or depression compared to 8% of others their age without caring responsibilities. In addition, a Carers Trust survey of 350 young carers showed 48% felt stressed as a result of caring and 44% were tired.
Talking about how you’re feeling and your mental health can help you feel happy and healthy. We provide advice and support to young carers and their families to try and reduce the young person’s caring role. We also provide free activities to give young carers a break from caring and reduce isolation as they meet other young carers.
Whatever you do to mark Young Carers Awareness Day 2019, we would love to know. You can share tweets on January 31st @ycherts using the hashtag #YoungCarersAwarenessDay and you can also download and display our Walk a Mile poster with any activity you are holding.
For more information about the support we provide young carers in Hertfordshire please call us on 01992 58 69 69 or look around this website.
Please find more information below or click here to find out about the support for young carers in Hertfordshire.
Walk a mile poster: Poster – walk a mile
Young Carers factsheet: YC Factsheet
Would you be interested in helping the Young Carers team with their Young Carers in Schools Ambassador Programme? We are looking for 15 Young Carer and 15 adult volunteers who want to make a difference in their local schools by speaking up about what it’s like to care whilst being in education and how schools can do more to help.
As an Ambassador you might be asked to speak to Teachers/Governors/Staff members about Young Carers and how they can be better identified and supported in school, writing letters to local education establishments, helping deliver assemblies or attending school events – you will not be asked to do anything you do not feel confident doing and we are also very interested to hear how you feel you might be able to help outside of these roles!
We are working with both adult and young carer volunteers to help empower them to make a difference in their local communities. We will be running an adults introductory session on Friday 19th October (10am – 12pm, Borehamwood office) and the Young Carers session on Saturday 27th October (10.30am – 12.30pm, Hatfield).
If you would like to book on to a training session, or you would like further information, please contact Amy on 01992 586 969 or email email@example.com.
Info from Carers Trust: YCiS is a partnership programme delivered by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society. It has been running for over four years now and we know that it has helped young carers to have a better experience at school. We also know from speaking with groups of young carers that they would like to do more to ensure other schools do more for young carers so we are working with local carers centres to develop a young carers ambassador programme.
Would you be interested in helping the Young Carers team with their Young Carers in School Ambassador project? We’re looking for 20 Young Carers and 20 adults who want to make a difference in their local schools by speaking up about what it’s like to care whilst being in education and how schools can do more to help. Call Amy in the office on 01992 586 969 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a partnership programme with Carers Trust.
We are really excited to be able to offer young carers aged 8 – 12 the opportunity to come on a residential break in Hertfordshire, on Tuesday 22nd August – Thursday 24th August 2017.
The 2 days/nights will be filled with lots of activities to enjoy, such as:
Dragons Den Challenge
Please note: there are limited spaces on this residential, and so there is an application form.
For more information, and to apply please download this flyer: YC Residential
Deadline for applications is Monday 10th July 2017. Please email to: email@example.com
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
Carers Week: 2017
A huge thank you to 3 members of our Young Carers Council who got involved in Carers Week 2017.
Carers Week is a national campaign to celebrate, recognise and raise awareness of Carers of all ages throughout the UK.
The theme of this year’s Carers Week is ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities’ and Annie, Rachel and Rockee did exactly that by hosting an assembly at their school in Watford: Westfield Academy. Representatives from every Form in Westfield attended the assembly, and learnt about:
What is meant by ‘Young Carer’?
What do young carers do?
What impact does caring have on young carers’ lives?
The positives of being a young carer
The challenges faced by some young carers
Westfield Academy pupils asked lots of brilliant questions, including ‘how do you know someone is a young carer?’ ‘do you ever resent the responsibility?’.
They identified some positives
“you feel good about yourself”
“it gives you confidence”
They also came up with some fantastic ideas on how schools could be more carer-friendly:
- Have a chill out area/time for young carers
- Having a display board for young carers
- Talking about it in PSHE
- Whole school assemblies
Well done Annie, Rockee and Rachel and thank you to all at Westfield Academy for helping to build carer-friendly school communities!