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    Carers Week 12-18 June 2017

     

    Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers.

    To say thank you to our amazing Young Carers and acknowledge the great work they do we’re having a fun trip out to the circus, courtesy of the brilliant Circus Starr who have given us tickets.

    If you haven’t already booked your place then please get in touch to reserve your place!

    Circus

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    Wiseup Education sessions

    After the success of our Strong Young Minds sessions at club during the autumn term we are delighted to be able to offer Wiseup Education sessions throughout our spring term.

    Wiseup Education provides a sex and relationships education (SRE) service for young people, professionals, parents and all adult learners; in schools, colleges and outreach settings across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Powys. They have specifically tailored a course for our Young Carers, giving age appropriate information to our 8 to 11 year olds in one group and 12 to 16 year olds in another.

    To find out more about Wiseup Education visit their website here or contact us if you’d like to know more about attending one of these sessions.

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    Young Carer Trip to the Panto

    Aladdin

    It’s that time of the year again – PANTO TIME!

    The lovely people at the Courtyard have kindly given us tickets to this year’s opening performance on Saturday 26th November.

    The production this time, as you can see, is “Aladdin” and we would like to invite you to contact us, by Monday 21st November, to get your name on the list. As usual, all the names will go into the hat and the lucky ones will be notified by Wednesday 23rd November.

    If you do not hear from us, you do not have a place.

    What you need to know:

    Once notified you have been successful in securing a place, you must be at the Courtyard by 1.40pm, on Saturday 26th November – we will meet inside by the main entrance.

    You will need collecting at 4.30pm

    Don’t forget – you need to contact us by Monday 21st November to get your name in the hat! Call the office on 01432 356068 or leave us a message here!

     Good luck!

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    Young Carers Film 2016

    Today saw our world premiere of the 2016 Young Carers Film at our Carers Annual Day.

    When we have events like these it can be difficult for Young Carers to have their voices heard as they can so seldom attend due to school and college commitments. Making a film from their perspective of what they’ve been doing at club and on outings over the past year gives them a chance to say why these things are so important. The camera work may be a bit wonky now and then and the lighting is non-existent at one point, but the message is loud and clear.

    Thank you to all our Young Carers who contributed to making the film and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.

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    Strong Young Minds Workshops for Young and Young Adult Carers

    Strong Young MindsWe’ve got some really great workshops coming up this autumn, courtesy of Strong Young Minds, who are going to run five sessions on a variety of topics that matter to our Young and Young Adult Carers.

    The sessions run at our Hereford Club venue and are open to ALL Young and Young Adult Carers, so whether you attend any of our clubs or not, as long as you’re registered with us you’re welcome to come along.

    Each session runs from 6.15 to 7.15pm, refreshments are provided and the dates and themes are as follows:

    Wednesday 5th October – General Mental Health
    Wednesday 19th October – Peer pressure & anti-bullying
    Wednesday 2nd November – Self-esteem and sense of self
    Wednesday 16th November – Stress & Anxiety
    Wednesday 30th November – General Wellbeing & healthy eating

    To find out more or to confirm your place on these sessions just get in touch!

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    Summer Trips

    Our summer trips list is ready and looking good!

    Wednesday 10th August  – Scavenger Hunt and Picnic 

    Join us at The Weir for a day of outdoor fun. There’ll be a treasure trail with prizes to be won, we’ll go fishing with nets in the river, enjoy a picnic and explore the play area.

    The Weir the group in the river

    Monday 15th August – Oaker Wood Quad Bike Adventure Day

    In the morning we’ll explore the woods on quad bikes and after a picnic lunch it’s time to see who the daredevils are with high adrenaline zip wire and high ropes activities.

    quad biking

    Thursday 18th  August – Puzzlewood plus Perrygrove Railway & Treetop Adventure

    We’ll spend the morning at Puzzlewood where there are exciting, enchanted woods to explore (Star Wars, Merlin and Dr Who have been filmed there!), animals to see, a willow maze, an indoor maze and a playground. Then we’ll spend the afternoon at nearby Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure where you can ride on the steam engines (as many times as you like), explore the tree top adventure, build dens in the woods, squeeze through the secret passages in the indoor village and find the hidden treasure or play undercover at Foxy Hollow.

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    Wednesday 31st August – Cwmbran by Train

    Let’s take a train ride to Cwmbran, a purpose built retail park with over 170 shops so you can be sure to find all last minute Back to School/College essentials you need.

    Train fun

    Once you have decided which trips you’d like to go on, give us a call at the office on 01432 356068 and tell us your name and list your choices. We will do our best to make sure that we give you what you ask for, and let you know ASAP. Remember, places are limited and we have to make sure that no one is left out.

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    Brightstripe have organised some summer holiday activities for family carers. The sessions are designed to be inclusive for all children aged 11 years old and above but younger siblings are welcome. All children going to a Brightstripe activity must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    The activities are all taking place at Hereford Leisure Centre as follows:
    Tuesday 26th July—Trampolining* 10—12noon
    Tuesday 2nd August—Golf 1—3pm
    Tuesday 9th August—Cricket 1—3pm
    Tuesday 16th August—Dance 1—3pm
    Tuesday 23rd August—Football 1—3pm


    *Trampolining activity unsuitable for wheelchair users. All other activities are fully accessible.
    Spaces are limited so to book your session please contact the office on 01432 356068 and we will let you know as soon as possible if you’ve got a place.

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    Summer Activities for Family Carers

    Brightstripe have organised some summer holiday activities for families registered with Herefordshire Carers Support. The sessions are designed to be inclusive for all children but please be aware that the trampolining activity is unsuitable for wheelchair users. All other activities are fully accessible.

    The activities are aimed at young people aged 11 years old and above but younger siblings are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    The activities are all taking place at Hereford Leisure Centre and are as follows:

    Tuesday 26th July—Trampolining 10—12noon

    Tuesday 2nd August—Golf 1—3pm

    Tuesday 9th August—Cricket 1—3pm

    Tuesday 16th August—Dance 1—3pm

    Tuesday 23rd August—Football 1—3pm

    Spaces are limited so to book your session please contact the office on 01432 356068 or email help@herefordshirecarerssupport.org  and we will let you know as soon as possible if you have a place.

    Brightstripe

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    School Awards 2016

    Entries are now open for The Herefordshire Young Carers Schools Awards 2016!

    This year we are encouraging schools to nominate themselves for an award simply by clicking on the appropriate link below and completing a short entry form.

    To find out more about the awards and how to take part simply read the information below and decide whether to enter for Bronze, Silver or Gold.

    We’re also encouraging Young Carers to nominate any members of staff who they feel have been particularly supportive in helping them with their caring role, so if you have somebody in particular who you feel deserves an award please get in touch!

    Schools will be notified of the standard they have achieved in the autumn and  awards will be presented at the schools shortly afterwards.

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    David Haylock from the Hereford Academy accepts his 2015 award.

    Why have School Awards?

    The Herefordshire Young Carer School Awards aim to encourage and support schools in the provision of a high standard of support for Young Carers.

    The awards also recognises and rewards those schools who are already achieving a good level of support.

    The main objective is to improve the experience, attendance and attainment of Young Carers in their education to help them achieve their full potential despite the added responsibilities they face.

    By completing this award schools will be better equipped to support students with caring responsibilities to reach their potential whilst also providing for their individual needs.

    The standards

    The standards required to achieve an award are graded Bronze, Silver and Gold.

    The Bronze Award 

    School understands the needs of Young Carers and is working towards specific policies and procedures to meet these needs.

    To achieve this standard, schools will need to evidence the following:

    • have a dedicated (named) member of staff to lead on supporting Young Carers and be in contact with Herefordshire Young Carers Service
    • be working towards a Young Carers policy and including Young Carers on registration form
    • hold a record of all identified Young Carers and show Young Carers are consulted and listened to
    • have information available to support staff and pupils to identify Young Carers (eg Herefordshire Young Carers leaflets, posters, etc)

    The Silver Award

    School has a named Carers Lead, a Young Carers Policy and routinely registers Young Carers with our service

    To achieve this standard, schools will need to evidence the following:

    • Carers Lead maintains regular contact with Herefordshire Young Carers Service and school makes direct referrals from school registration
    • a Young Carers policy is in place and other policies are updated to include Young Carers
    • aware of all Young Carers identified and track and monitoring their progress
    • ensure young people, parents/guardians and staff and governors are aware of Young Carers
    • ensure staff receive training around Young Carers and are sensitive to their needs
    • Young Carers and their parents/guardians are consulted and listened to
    • Young Carers are able to check on family/’cared for’ at times of greater need

    The Gold Award

    School has a named Carers Lead who regularly engages with Herefordshire Young Carers Service and other Leads, routinely registers Young Carers with Herefordshire Young Carers Service and has Young Carer Policies and procedures in place to ensure that Young Carers attain the same level of educational achievement as their peers and can access after school activities and interests.

    To achieve this standard, school will need to evidence the following:

    • the Young Carers Lead is monitoring and reporting the effectiveness and delivery of policies
    • evidence that Young Carers achieve in line with their peers and pupil support plans are in place where appropriate
    • ensure the wider community are aware of Young Carers
    • areas of curriculum focus on Young Carers
    • Young Carers and their parents/guardians are regularly consulted and listened to
    • strategies in place for Young Carers to be supported to think about their future
    • ensure that Young Carers attend and enjoy extra-curricular activities

    How to Enter

    Simply click on the standard of award you wish to enter:

    Bronze

    Silver

    Gold

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    Free employability skills workshop for young adult carers in July 2016

    Calling all young adult carers! Would you like to go on a FREE employability skills workshop in London this July?
     
    Details of the workshop is below:
     
    Deloitte workshop, London – Open to young adult carers aged 16-25
     
    Date: Friday 29 July, 10am-1.30pm
     
    Location: Deloitte offices, Central London
     
    Topics: The workshop will be a mix of different employability skills activities, including one to one interview practice and CV tips.
     
    If you’d like to go please contact the office on 01432 356068 or email help@herefordshirecarerssupport.org before 30th June and we’ll book you a place!

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    Back to club

    The summer term is here though it feels more like winter given the snow and hail showers we’ve had this week! Our Young Carers are undaunted by a bit of cold weather and have been making the most of being back at club after the Easter break.

    Young Carer Club comments

    Clubs provide an important break from their caring roles for our Young Carers and gives them the opportunity to make new friends with other people in similar situations to themselves. Most of all it’s a chance to have fun!

    Tennis ball challenge

    How many tennis balls can one girl carry? We’re going for the world record at club.

    Sack racing while the sun shines!

    Sack racing while the sun shines!

    Colouring and hot chocolate

    Is there anything nicer than hot chocolate and colouring in when the typical summer evening at club turns chilly?

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