Young Carer Involvement
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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: 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