Young Carer Involvement
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
We will be running a workshop Planning for the Future for young carers aged 14-18 on Saturday 13th May.
- Healthy Eating
- Making your money go further
- Writing CVs – thinking about your skills, hobbies and interests that will help when looking for jobs
If you would like to attend please complete the booking form below and return to Carers in Hertfordshire, The Red House, 119 Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1AX by Friday 5th May.
Please note you must be registered with Carers in Hertfordshire to attend this event, and we must have a 2017 Annual Consent Form.
Consent Form: annual-consent-form-2017
Booking Form:Flyer Planning for the Future 130517
Primary – Secondary School Transition
Moving between primary and secondary school can be an exciting and daunting time for young people and their families. For young carers, there might be extra considerations that you are thinking about.
If you or your child is in Year 6 then come along to our whole family workshop, which will offer:
- Guidance for parents
- Questions to ask
- Creative activity for young carers
- How can schools support you
- Talking to the school about what it is like being a young carer
When: Wednesday 12th April 2017, 10 am – 12.30 pm
If you are unable to attend this workshop then you can find information about transition here: www.ycih.org/school-transitions
If you are interested in booking on to this workshop then please see the flyer below. Booking is essential, and a parent/guardian must attend with every young carer.
Booking form:Transition workshop flyer 12.4.17
2017 Annual consent form: annual-consent-form-2017
Going to University + Creative Writing
Tuesday 11th April 10 am – 4 pm in Hatfield
Are you aged 14 – 18 and thinking about next steps after school or college?
Do you want to explore this transition in a creative way, or find out more about University options?
If so, come along to our double session:
Going to University: choosing University, University life, application forms, financial support for students
Creative Writing: Join professional writer for a fun and interactive session to explore feelings about the future. Suitable for all!
If you would like to attend, please complete the booking form below and email to email@example.com
A 2017 Annual Consent form for each young carer attending must be completed if you have not previously done so. Thank you.
Going to Uni booking form: Flyer Going to Uni + Creative Writing 110417
Annual Consent Form 2017: annual-consent-form-2017
2017 Young Carers Conference
In half term our Young Carers Conference took place in Stevenage, bringing together 90 young carers and almost 60 professionals for an exciting, busy and fun-filled day.
The Conference ‘Happy Herts’ was organized and hosted by the Young Carers Council, and focused on health and happiness; what helps young carers to be happy and healthy, and what can get in the way of this.
Young carers started the day with mask-making; this was great fun, and it got us thinking about the side we show other people, and what we sometimes keep hidden. Mask-making was quite messy and glitter glue somehow ended up on the ceiling!
Most of the morning was spent meeting professionals, and talking to them about what matters most to young carers. Young carers had the chance to interview the professionals, and find out what they were doing to support young carers, and what else they could do to help with health and happiness. Some of the main priorities were:
- Introducing young carer issues in to PSHE in schools
- Encouraging health professionals to ask young people if there is anyone at home that relies on them
- Wanting child-friendly leaflets and information available in Hospital and Doctors Surgeries
In the afternoon the young carers walked to Airspace Trampoline Park and were able to have lots of fun on the trampolines before going home.
We were excited that Cleveland was able to meet Pudsey, to celebrate this being the first Young Carers Conference funded by BBC Children in Need. Cleveland has a new friend for life!
The Cleveland Awards
Last week we hosted the first ever Cleveland Awards Show as part of the Young Carers’ Conference ‘Happy Herts’.
Throughout January Young Carers could nominate professionals and adults that had made a difference to their life, or to the life of other young carers in Hertfordshire. The awards were designed by young carers, voted for by young carers, and the winners were selected by a panel of impartial young carers.
We received so many nominations for some wonderful people, and the panel said how difficult it was to choose.
We were delighted that all of the winners were able to The Clevelands Award Show, to receive their award.
The winners were…
One-to-one Support for Young carers: Vanda Adams, from Commonswood School in Welwyn.
Most Charitable Contribution: Ware Joggers
Gives a Voice to Young Carers: Jackie Graham, Young Carers Support Advisor from Carers in Hertfordshire
A Special Thank You: Steve Penstone-Smith, long-time supporter of Young Carers in Hertfordshire
Group Events for Young Carers: Tracy Lee, Youth Worker At Youth Connexions Welwyn/Hatfield
A huge congratulations to the winners of the awards and all the nominees – thank you for the fantastic support you are giving young carers in Hertfordshire.
We had a special surprise award on the day to recognise the time, effort and support that one person has given the Young Carers Council over the past 8 years. Kasey, a member of the Young Carers’ Council since 2009, was awarded the Services to the Young Carers’ Council award to say a huge thank you to everything he has done for us over the years. Well done Kasey!
My week of Work Experience, by Gemma – age 16.
My name is Gemma and as you can guess I’m a young carer. I help care for my siblings and I help my parents a lot. I’m 16 and I’m home schooled. I love to read and write. I love animals and photography and of course spending quality time with my family.
I had no idea on what I wanted to do for my career. I would always want to do one thing and then after a while I wouldn’t know what career path I was going to take anymore. I was not sure on what I desired in life, not fully. I wanted to be able to at least know that I liked to write for a job. Not only that but I needed to know what work felt like, to have a little taster. I wasn’t sure on what it would feel like.
I went to the Herts Valleys CCG for my work experience. It was amazing. I loved every minute of it and I wish that I never had to leave. The Herts Valleys CCG are a part of the NHS. When I was there I wrote about Young carers, what we do, how to help, mentoring etc. This isn’t all I did however; I helped put posters and letters in envelopes for all of the NHS pharmacies. I created a poster for their Christmas party and I wrote a little something about the party for the staff. I also wrote some tweets out for them. I’ve learnt a lot from my work experience.
“all the people were lovely and made me feel welcome”
Before I went to my work experience I was really nervous and anxious. Especially on my first day. On my way up to the floor I was working on I met someone who works there and she was really nice, she told me to have a great week and not to worry. When I was meeting everyone I was still really nervous and anxious, but when the people I worked with started talking to me it started to evaporate. They all made me feel relaxed and really welcome. They told me that if I was ever stuck on something or needed help to ask them. Everyone was friendly and helpful. They gave me some great tips about my career path and with writing.
“I’ve decided that I love writing”
I’m going to be looking for an apprenticeship at the Herts Valleys CCG. When I worked there I would arrive at 9:30am, I would hang my coat up, put my bag away and log into the computer. I would start my daily task. However, even though I was working I still had a break and lunch. Everyone I worked with was amazing. I was meeting new people all the time and I learnt about what they did. It was an amazing experience.
I enjoyed everything about it, the work I was given, meeting new people. I enjoyed typing on the computer, getting out into the real world and knowing what work feels like. I loved every second of it. I also loved writing about us young carers and making other people aware of what we do and how we help those closest to us.
“It’s going to be hard but I’m determined not to give up”
If you’re not sure on whether to have work experience I hope this has helped you.
If you are a young carer aged 16 – 18 in Hertfordshire and would like to know more about our work experience offer then please call 01992 586969 to speak to a member of the young carers’ team.