Happy Birthday to PAUL MYLES!

Paul Myles celebrates his 70th Birthday on 20th May!

Everyone would like to wish him all the very best birthday wishes.

Many thanks to him for all his hard work and dedication over many years at Burgess Hill Youth.

The children and committee sang Happy Birthday and presented him with gifts including his own blue plaque! Town Councillor Steve Hansford- representative on Burgess Hill Youth – enjoyed the celebration and commented on how nice it was to see the club in action with 5 adult volunteers supporting the junior club night.

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Young Carers Easter fun pictures

Burgess Hill Youth hosted two young carer events in the Easter holidays for 24 young carers – a trip to Fishers Farm Adventure Park and to Young Drive (based at Blacklands Farm).  These events were funded by Santander and organised with support from the Town Council. Easter Eggs were generously provided by Radmall Funeral Services.

Fishers Farm Activity Park has several activities within an area.  The children were able to access all of these including a climbing wall, bouncing pillows, tractor rides, magic show and climbing activities including a pirate ship.  We attended the magic show at 12pm and then sat together to enjoy our packed lunches and then the children could choose their activities.

Young Drive included structured activities such as blindfolded Landrover driving, quad biking challenge and rally car timed trial.  The group was divided into two teams led by two instructors and the teams competed against each other to earn the least penalty points.  We asked the young people to score this event as this was the first time we attended this venue – the comments were very positive.

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Easter 2017 outings for Young Carers!

Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th April 2017

Easter outings are planned for the Young Carers of Burgess Hill.

Destinations: Fishers Farm and a Young Drive experience. 

These events are for young carers aged 6+ years living in the Burgess Hill area.

Young carers are children and young people who help look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled or has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol.  They may be someone who has direct caring responsibilities or they may be someone whose life is affected as a result of living with someone who has these conditions.  With so many adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn. The outings will provide an opportunity for the young carers to have fun.

Burgess Hill young carer, Niamh said: “The young carers events are great because we can go and meet new people who have gone through a similar experience to yourself.  Whenever I go there’s always a friendly face. There are always volunteers who give up their time to help us and I’m really grateful to them. They are what make it possible! I go on a day out and there is always something for me, and everyone else, to do. Whether it’s arts and crafts, tennis, cake making or pond dipping. We will all have a GREAT time!”

A range of free young carers Fun Days and outings are organised throughout the year by Burgess Hill Youth and Burgess Hill Town Council.  The Young Carers Partnership is planning an ongoing programme of activities for young carers.  For information about future activities and to book your place contact …

Jennifer O’Grady on 01444 238207

or email Jennifer@burgesshill.gov.uk

21 Feb 2017 – Young carers event FREE

A free Young Carers Fun Afternoon will be held during half-term at Fairfield Community Centre in Burgess Hill on Tuesday 21 February.  This event is for young carers aged 6-11 years living in the Burgess Hill area.  Young carers are children and young people who help look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled or has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol.  They may be someone who has direct caring responsibilities or they may be someone whose life is affected as a result of living with someone who has these conditions.

With so many adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn. The Fun Afternoon will provide an opportunity for the young carers to have fun and try out a range of activities, including arts, crafts, hovercraft making, entertainment, cake decorating, sports and much more.

Burgess Hill young carer, Niamh said: “The young carers events are great because we can go and meet new people who have gone through a similar experience to yourself.  Whenever I go there’s always a friendly face. There are always volunteers who give up their time to help us and I’m really grateful to them. They are what make it possible! I go on a day out and there is always something for me, and everyone else, to do. Whether it’s arts and crafts, tennis, cake making or pond dipping. We will all have a GREAT time!”

A range of free young carers Fun Days and outings are organised throughout the year by Burgess Hill Youth and Burgess Hill Town Council.  The Young Carers Partnership is planning an ongoing programme of activities for young carers.  For information about future activities and to book your place contact …

Jennifer O’Grady on 01444 238207

or email Jennifer@burgesshill.gov.uk

Porsche auction boosts club funds

Members of Burgess Hill Youth staff team were warmly welcomed by Tiffany Wade at the Porsche Centre, the visit enabled them to personally express sincere thanks to the team there, for the generous gift they provided for the auction conducted by Steve Willis Training team on behalf of the club at their apprentice graduation evening.

Whilst there the opportunity was taken by the Burgess Hill Youth volunteers to pose and have their picture taken with a rather expensive Porsche 918 Spyder.

Tiffany Wade, Marketing Manager at Porsche Centre Mid-Sussex commented: “On 27th November we were delighted to support engineer training facility, Steve Willis Training Centres Limited, by supplying a Porsche for the Weekend in their charity fundraiser at the centres annual graduation ceremony. The money raised will go to the local Burgess Hill Youth group, which provides a range of activities for the town’s children. This is an incredibly important resource and we feel strongly about supporting our local community projects”.

Paul Myles club secretary commented that without the continued support of local companies, Steve Willis Training and the Porsche Centre Mid Sussex and also local Charitable organisations such as the Burgess Hill District Lions Club we could not continue to provide recreational opportunities for young people in our community.

Success Story

In February 2013, Burgess Hill Youth organised a taster session for young people to visit Steve Willis Training on Sheddingdean Business Park.

Twelve young people had the opportunity for hands-on experience of the type of work Steve Willis Training does. They were allowed to use the tools, talk to staff and generally get a feel for what the work was like.

One member of Burgess Hill Youth found the experience so helpful, he decided there and then to consider approaching Steve Willis Training when he left school. He attended Steve Willis Training as part of his work experience in 2015 and had a really useful week which reinforced his decision to apply to work there in the future. He left school in the summer of 2016 and had a successful interview – the experience he had gained on his first visit back in 2013, together with his work experience in 2015, helped him to succeed.

Everyone is very proud of his achievement and he started working in August 2016. He has started an apprenticeship and hopes to qualify 2018. In addition, as a resident of Affinity Sutton housing, he was awarded a grant to help him buy new clothes for work. This was invaluable and really demonstrates the support for this young person in the community.

Overall this was a very positive experience for our young member, and shows the kind of help Burgess Hill Youth and the experienced youth workers can provide you with.

Why not pop along to a club night on Mondays (senior club age 13 upwards 7-9pm) or Wednesdays (junior club age 8-12 6.30-8.30pm)? We look forward to seeing you and helping you where we can 😊

Young Carer’s Perspective: Niamh

This is a special blog post written by a Burgess Hill Youth member who is a young carer.

The Burgess Hill young carers have helped me with so much. I joined in 2010 when my mum had a stroke and I have been going ever since. The young carers events are great because we can go and meet new people who have gone through a similar experience to yourself. It gives me a chance to open up and maybe share how I’m feeling when I couldn’t always to talk to someone at home.

My mum has had a really bad back for as long as I can remember and I’ve always helped her doing little things around the house. I help my mum with things like washing up, laundry and helping her put her socks on, things I find normal but maybe other people wouldn’t. When I go to the young carers for a day, it gives me a bit of time out to do my own thing. I don’t mind helping mum but sometimes it  is nice to not worry!

Whenever I go there’s always a friendly face. There is always volunteers who give up their time to help us and I’m really grateful to them. They are what make it possible! I go on a day out and there is always something for me, and everyone else, to do. Whether it’s arts and crafts, tennis, cake making or pond dipping. We will all have a GREAT time!

Since I’ve been at the young carers I have tried loads of new things I usually wouldn’t do. A couple of weeks ago I went camping for 2 nights and it was amazing (thanks Paul). Because I’ve only been camping once (with my mum and dad) I learned a lot of new skills and I also met some new friends from other youth groups. Before I’ve been to black lands farm, abseiling at hove lagoon and I’ve even been go-carting. Jen and the whole team always find fun and challenging activities for us all do.

I love going to the young carers. Now I am a bit older I like to help volunteer with the younger ones as it has helped me so much and would really like to give something back to this amazing cause.

Niamh

The Budding Foundation

Burgess Hill Youth support the Budding Foundation with the launch of the new South Downs Heritage Centre held on Saturday, 30 July.

We were pleased to support the event to thank Clive Gravett and the Budding Foundation for the support they are providing to the young carers of Burgess Hill.

Definitely worth a visit to the Heritage Centre – lots of interesting displays in lovely surroundings of South Downs Nurseries.

Budding Foundation event
Paul Myles, Clive Gravett and Jennifer O’Grady