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Young Carers in Schools – Ambassador Programme – UPDATE

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 amy.bartlett@carersinherts.org.uk.

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.

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Young Carers in Schools – 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 young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk.

 

This is a partnership programme with Carers Trust.

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Young Carers Residential: Age 8 – 12

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:

Caving

Team Building

Dragons Den Challenge

Raft-building

Making activities/games

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: young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk

 

 

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Summer 2017

Summer 2017 – Activities for Young Carers

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

Build confidence

Get fit!

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

 

Booking Forms:

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

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Carers Week 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.

CArers Week YC Council

 

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!

 

 

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Young Carers Service: 2016 – 2017

YC Service update April 16 - March 17

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Planning for the Future: Workshop

We will be running a workshop Planning for the Future  for young carers aged 14-18 on Saturday 13th May.

Including:

  • Pizza!
  • Healthy Eating
  • Making your money go further
  • Writing CVs – thinking about your skills, hobbies and interests that will help when looking for jobs

Planning for the future

 

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

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Whole Family Workshop: Year 6-7 Transition

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

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Support for 14 – 18 year old Young Carers

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 young.carers@carersinherts.org.uk

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

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Happy Herts

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.

CinH Young Carers Council members at conference 2017

 

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!

 

Cleveland and Pudsey

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