In October half term 18 young carers age 13 – 17 came to our Young Carers Residential at Phasels Wood Scout Camp. Over 3 days and 2 nights the group took part in lots of different challenges, including: Aeroball, Air Rifle Shooting, Crate Stacking, Human Table Football and a very wet blindfolded team building activity.
The group also took part in Dragons Den, where they came up with ideas of activities or inventions that would support young carers and pitched these to a panel of Dragons! These ideas ranged from a website with a confidential chatroom for young carers, to a Caring Robot to take on some of responsibilities that young carers have day-to-day. One group even came up with the idea of a Caterpillar Rave – in which young carers could have a party in their sleeping bags!
The young carers met with staff from the CCG and gave them some ideas on how health services could be more young-carer friendly. This included things like an updated app, a 24-hour helpline for young carers and better training for GPs, teachers and other professionals.
Lolly, aged 14, said “The residential was a great opportunity to get away and meet people like myself. I met a few girls who I am still in contact with now. I had loads of fun and I would go again, 100%”.