Young Carer Involvement
This Carers Week (8 – 14th June 2020) we are excited to launch our new film that celebrates a young carers health-focused project.
The project involved young carers and staff from the Carers in Hertfordshire, East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, and East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust working together to review and improve the support the NHS provided young carers.
The group of young carers, the ‘Youth Exec’, visited each organisation and helped to raise awareness of young carers and their families needs. One result of this project was a ‘young carers space’ that was introduced at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.
You can view the film that celebrates this project at Carers in Herfordshire’s YouTube Channel here.
Thanks go to NHS England for providing funding, Hitchin TV for producing it and all the young carers and staff involved in the project and filming.
Making Carers Visible
Carers Week is a national campaign to celebrate, recognise and raise awareness of Carers of all ages throughout the U.K. This year’s Carers Week was the week beginning Monday 8th June.
The theme of Carers Week 2020 was ‘making caring visible’. In aid of this we ran a special competition for young carers. The task was to create a poster that helps carers and young carers be seen, noticed and understood. We had several fantastic entries, and are delighted to showcase the winner and runner up below.
First Place: Corey, age 12
Second Place: Eric, age 13
Thank you to everyone who sent in an entry! You can find details about our upcoming young carer competitions here
‘What I am grateful for’
We’re excited to share the first and second place entries for June’s Young Carers Competition. Young carers were asked to share ‘what I am grateful for during lockdown’, in whatever way they liked – a poem, picture, film, photo, or something else they had created.
First Place: Eric, age 13
Second Place: Jennifer, age 10
Carers Week Competition:
We’re delighted to announce the first and second place entries for a special Carers Week Competition here
May: What I can see from my window
First Place: Ava, age 9
Out of my window I can see…
Green trees blowing in the wind
A summer house for me and Ivy
Ready for lunch, lets eat outside
Dragonflys flying through the sky
even when we say goodbye
Next time is another day, then we will have time to play
Second place: ‘Outside my Window’ by Eric, age 13
As the sun shines on all our faces,
Waking us up each morning,
The cars wait to be driven
But they find themselves alone,
The smiles of the children’s faces makes us want to get out,
But as Corona made its way,
We start to stay away,
From all dangers that could possibly harm us,
But as lockdown is soon ending,
Bringing happiness and hope to people’s faces.
When the warm sun get cooler,
We start to get colder.
From trees swaying side to side,
Following the gentle cold breeze,
As the sun starts setting,
Our frustration shrinks,
The later the day arrives,
The more we feel tired.
When the sky gets dark,
And the stars appear,
The moon will rise with it’s attracting light,
The trees are now still as a bone,
While we tuck into our warm beds,
Outside my window,
There is nothing but cars.
We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who took part – we were blown away by entries, and the panel had a difficult time deciding!
Details on June’s competition here
April: experiences of lockdown
First Place: ‘Shielding’ by Freya, age 9
My little sister got a letter saying she must shield,
No going to the park or taking the dog to the field.
I couldn’t go to school or do my sports club,
No more going for lunch in the pub.
Feels strange that I can’t go to school,
No going on holiday and laying by the pool.
Spending more time with my family will be fun,
Playing in the garden and laying in the sun.
Learning to grow fruit and veg from a seed,
we will have all the healthy food that we need.
Thanks to the NHS who are helping the sick,
Stay home everyone so this will end quick.
Second Place: ‘My Wish’ by Izzy, age 6
Introducing…. NEW Young Carers Virtual Book Club
We’re really excited to launch our first Young Carers Book Club! In these strange times what better than to lose yourself in a different world/life/story?
Each month we will share our book pick with you… you can then email in your book reviews, telling us what you liked/what you didn’t like about the story.
We would also LOVE to be able to have a virtual meet-up for young carers (registered with us) who are interested in discussing the book with other people and ‘meet’ other young carers. If you are interested in joining a virtual meet up (via Zoom) please do let us know by emailing young.carers@Carersinherts.org.uk We can then send you the date of the e-meet up and you can book on.
Book Club, age 8 – 12
May’s book pick is: ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Rauf.
It is available on Kindle for £3.99, to buy paper back through Amazon £5.94 (and in a 2 for £7 offer), or listen on Audible for free (with a months trial on Amazon). You can find these all here. You can read a plot description here.
You may be able to borrow the book for free if you have an account with Hertfordshire Libraries Service – more information here
Deadline for reviews: Wednesday 27th May
E-meet up: Friday 29th May – times TBC
Book Club, age 13+
May’s book pick is: ‘Toffee’ by Sarah Crossan.
It is available on Kindle for £4.83, to buy paper back through Amazon £6.40, or listen on Audible for free (with a months trial on Amazon). You can find these all here.
You can read a plot description here
You may be able to borrow the book for free if you have an account with Hertfordshire Libraries Service – more information here
Deadline for reviews: Friday 29th May
E-meet up: W/b 1st June
Please note that this book has themes of domestic abuse in, as well as someone living with dementia.
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.