Young Carers Christmas 2017 Tea Party

Burgess Hill Youth Young Carers enjoyed a lovely Christmas themed tea party at Abbeyfield Nursing Home on Friday 22 December.  The event was an enjoyable experience for all involved and follows recent television themed programmes promoting intergenerational activities.  The Young Carers were greeted at the home and enjoyed Frozen themed craft activities with the residents popping in. Then they were welcomed into the large dining area where they were introduced to Frozen characters, who were staff dressed up for the occasion.  A trip out to Santa’s Grotto in the beautiful snow filled garden (courtesy of the homes premises team!) to visit the Elves to receive beautiful homemade gifts for each child was a pure pleasure to see.  They all came back in for a homemade tea party with the residents of the home present. The afternoon was completed with some Christmas themed reading including “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.  This was a magical afternoon for the Young Carers of Burgess Hill and big thanks to Abbeyfield Residential Home, particularly Heather Rogers, for the hard work gone into making this a most memorable experience for us all.  Burgess Hill Youth holds a programme of activities supported by Burgess Hill Town Council. 

To find out more about the programme please contact Jennifer by email to jennifer@burgesshill.gov.uk

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YOUNG CARERS ICE SKATING TRIP

Burgess Hill Youth took 11 Young Carers to Horsham Ice Rink for skating followed by a hot dog and hot chocolate on 21/12/17. Chocolates were kindly provided by CT Radmalls Funeral Directors. The event was supported by the Town Council.

For details on future Young Carers events please contact Jennifer – jennifer@burgesshill.gov.uk

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YOUNG CARERS 50TH EVENT 24 Oct

YOUNG CARERS 50TH EVENT

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).

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YOUNG CARERS SUMMER HOLIDAY EVENTS- Some pictures here.

53 Young Carers enjoyed 4 free activities this summer holiday:-

  • Chessington World of Adventures
  • Forest School Fun
  • Horse Riding
  • A day at Blacklands Farm

These activities are led by Burgess Hill Youth with support from Burgess Hill Town Council.  The activities were funded by a grant from Hall and Woodhouse.  The next event will be our 50th Young Carers event to be held in October.

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Please contact Jennifer at the Town Council if you know of a young person that would like to attend the event:     jennifer@burgesshill.gov.uk

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

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