National Carers Week
Young and Caring teamed up with three other Young Carers groups and celebrated National Carers week with a fun filled event.
The theme for National Carers week 2012 was ‘Through Sickness and in Health’ so it was decided to have a wellbeing room providing complimentary therapies.
One Young Carer stated “The massage was very much needed, it was more than relaxing, I loved it”
Other activities on the day included: Face painting, pizza making, outdoor cinema, a BBQ, candle decorating, card making, a music room and fun in the adventure playground.
The event was a great success and received lots of positive feedback
“It’s been fun, I liked meeting new young carers”
“It was lots of fun and lots of activities to choose from”
“it’s been enjoyable, comfortable and relaxing”
“I would like to do it again as we met new young carers from other groups”
A Play in a week, drama projectThis February half-term Acta Community Theatre, a Bristol based theatre company, offered our young carers the opportunity to plan, produce and perform their own play in a week. Acta provide weekly drama workshops for young carers who are based in central, east and south Bristol. However, over the half-term break Acta invited young carers whose geographical location in the city means that they are not able to attend the weekly drama groups easily.
One said, “It’s great because I didn’t know anyone when I got here but now I’m not afraid to mix with people.” Another commented, “We know that everyone here is caring for someone, so you don’t feel on the outside.”
The support of Acta’s dedicated team, alongside the generous funding from The Henry Smith Charitable Foundation, means that young carers citywide could participate in a theatrical experience that would otherwise be unavailable to them. This project has been really valuable to our young carers and we look forward to future partnership work with Acta.
The Thursday evening weekly youth theatre for young carers aged 11 – 16 yrs is currently looking for new members – contact Acta tel.9532448 / firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Transport can be provided within South, Central & East Bristol.
You can find out more about Acta’s projects by visiting their website www.acta-bristol.com
Cenzina (Bristol Black Carers Development worker) went to watch the final performance: “ I was extremely impressed. It was evident everyone had worked very hard on the project and their hard work had paid off. It was amazing to see some of the quieter young carers acting and talking so confidently in front of an audience. Definitely 10/10”.
Young Carers Speak Out The shortened version of the DVD (4 mins):
The full version of the DVD (10 mins):
We have very limited numbers of the DVD, if you would like to request a copy please get in touch.
‘Bristol students team up with Young & Caring to create colourful benches to show how much young people care’
A group of young people from Bristol Metropolitan Academy have been working with national youth education charity Envision to raise awareness of Young Carers in Bristol.
The team decided they wanted to help Young Carers as they were concerned that not enough people in their school and community where aware of the challenges and pressures that young carers face. Working under the team name ‘Making You Aware That Young People Care’ the group began to work with Young Carers to come up ideas for how to raise awareness in their school. They decided to create a collection of colourful handmade benches with a group of local young carers which would be placed in their school for all the students to see. Each bench would feature a plaque with the teams message that young people care.
With help from their Envision team mentor the group approached the Bristol Wood Recycling Project to ask them to help design and make their benches from recycled wood. They then got in contact with Young and Caring formally Black Young Carers and invited them to join them for the afternoon to paint the benches and install them at the school.
Team member, Louise, age 17, said, “We had an amazing day painting the benches and met lots of new people. I learned so much from the experience of working in a team and from the young carers themselves. I hope the benches will promote awareness in our community and help future students at Bristol Metropolitan Academy understand and know the difficulties young carers face”
Bristol Black Young Carers Development Worker Cenzina Barclay said “The young carers and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of such an exciting and extremely valuable project.”
Fly2Help Fun Day
Young & Caring took part in an amazing day ‘Air Smiles Day’ at Bristol Airport. The fun filled day was sponsored by Airbus and organised by Fly2help an aviation charity and Bristol Airport.
During the day the Young Carers were given the opportunity to fly over the south west in either a small Beech from the Bristol Flying Centre or a Helicopter.
Young Carer Monica Roberts described the day as “a Once in a life time opportunity”
Young & Caring were also given the opportunity to take part in experiments with Airbus graduates, meet airport police officers and fire and rescue team where they were given a tour of their vehicles and shown demonstrations of them in action.
Young Carer Enya Oseni Davis thought this was “Awesome”
At the end of the day all Young Carers who attended were given a goody bag and certificate.
Needless to say the day was a great success!