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31 Young Carers had fun this week !

Burgess Hill Youth provided a fun afternoon for 31 Young Carers on Tuesday this week.  They enjoyed lots of activities including the much anticipated slime making!  A big thanks to Diane for volunteering with this and leaving with very pink hands   pinkhand2.

There was also a visit from Trixie’s minibeasts which included snakes  and a bearded dragon.  We also enjoyed arts and crafts, pool, table tennis and air hockey.   The Mustard Seed cafe provided their lovely lunch too.  A big thank you to all volunteers for supporting the event.  This was supported by Crossroads Care South Central and supported by the Town Council.  Click on the images to see a bigger version.



For details on future events planned for young carers please contact: jennifer@burgesshill.gov.uk


Young Carers – Cinderella trip !

Burgess Hill Youth took 20 young carers to see Cinderella on Sunday 21 January performed at Martlets Hall by Burgess Hill Theatre Club.

The tickets were kindly purchased by Burgess Hill District Lions and Burgess Hill Rotary Club. 

It was a very entertaining afternoon topped off by a picture with the main characters. Zoe Ball was also there watching the event and was happy to be in the team photo. Burgess Hill Youth would like to thank all those involved in making this a magical afternoon.

1812 EditedFor details on future events, including our next fun afternoon on Tuesday 13 February please contact Jennifer at the Town Council by email jennifer@burgesshill.gov.uk.  We would also like to thank Radmalls Funeral Services for kindly providing chocolates for all three Christmas activities for the young carers.



Note date…. 24 October

Burgess Hill Youth are hosting their 50th event for Young Carers aged 6-16 years  to be held on Tuesday 24 October at St Paul’s Catholic College from 10am-4pm.

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.

A programme of fun activities are planned including T shirt creations, arts, crafts, cake making and decorating, sports plus much more! To book your space please pop into the Help Point and complete a booking form.  If you have any questions please contact Jennifer by email jennifer@burgesshill.gov.uk  or 01444 238207 (9-3 daily).


We are keen to urge more volunteers to step forward and be involved as Youth workers to support the Monday and Wednesday evening Youth Clubs!

Do you have some time free to help, get to know the children and have some fun on one night a week ? The evenings are varied so you could be getting involved in glass painting, cricket, baking, crochet, circus skills, youth worker led games, drama, giant jenga, arts & crafts, gardening and so, so much more and no technical experience required!

We’d love to know what skills you have so please get in touch with our Lead Youth Worker Jacqui Mount via the BHY answerphone on 01444 248343 to find out more and arrange a day to come and meet us without obligation. We can promise a warm reception.

We would also like more committee members to help with the running of the club but also attend our holiday activities on an adhoc basis.

Many hands don’t spoil the broth

New volunteer Tim Worsfold met with Debbie Mann and Thomas Costick (aka WebBhyouth) at the BHYouth HQ to discuss the Club’s website and Facebook page.

New volunteer, Tim Worsfold.

Tim has kindly stepped forward to help with the website and blog, thereby doubling the existing number devoted to that task 🙂

A good meeting was had, and Tim went away straining at the leash to leave no stone unturned. We all agreed that many hands make light work, while taking care to avoid the Too Many Cooks conundrum.

Youth volunteer: Hannah Tugwell

Editor's note: This is our first blog post direct from one of BHY's volunteers, Hannah Tugwell.

Having only joined the team in February this year, I’m one of the few volunteers who isn’t from the local area. I moved to Burgess Hill in December 2014 and I wanted to give some of my time to support a group locally. I got in touch with the volunteer centre in town, and they directed me to Burgess Hill Youth (BHY). I’m a youth worker in my professional life, and have been doing that for the last 8 years, and absolutely love my work. However, I don’t have much of an opportunity to build long-term relationships with young people in my current role because I visit different schools every day. Burgess Hill Youth Club gives me the chance to meet with a range of different young people and build a rapport in safe, informal and fun environment.

On Monday evenings (when I volunteer), we provide a welcoming space where young people can play pool, table tennis, cards, games consoles or several other activities we might find in the resources cupboard. We also have a coach who runs friendly football sessions for those who want to get involved. Some young people come down purely to play football, others join in with a variety of different activities and some may decide to find a space to simply sit and chat. That’s the great thing about the service that is provided by BHY- young people are encouraged to get involved and try new things, but they can also decide not to participate, and that’s fine too. We aim to cater to a range of different young people, depending on how they are feeling on the day, and what they’d like to get involved with.

As well as playing games and having fun, we also provide young people with a non-judgemental listening ear. Young people often come to BYH to seek out advice and support, or just to get something off their chest. This might be regarding a decision they need to make, an issue in their home life or at school, or something they are struggling with personally. In these situations, our role is not to tell a young person what to do, but to listen and guide them to feel more able to tackle these issues themselves.

On a personal level, volunteering at BHY is so rewarding, because I get to meet new and interesting people from different walks of life, with some great stories to tell (whilst having loads of fun!) and develop new skills and experience at the same time. However, it also gives me with the opportunity to be a role model to young people, and provide them with a welcoming and non-judgemental place, where they can be themselves.

Hannah Tugwell (28 years)