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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