What does the young carers festival offer?
The Young Carers Festival (YCF) is the biggest gathering of young carers’ in the world. It is an annual must-attend event for young carers to have fun, unwind, make new friends and try new things.
It's also a political platform for young carers to be heard and influence change.
Event highlights include, fairground rides, live music, outdoor movies, fireworks and the legendary silent disco!
The impact of young carers coming together in this way has created a powerful and united voice about the issues they face and has provided a political platform to influence and inform national and local policy.
Young carers radio
The festival's official radio station gives young carers the chance to share their views, talk about their lives and request their favourite tunes live on air.
Tune in to listen from the comfort of your camping area.
The Voice Zone
A hub for young carers' voices, thoughts and opinions. We run interactive and fun drop-in workshops that aim to improve awareness and support for young carers.
The voices of young carers in the Voice Zone have directly influenced changes in legislation and helped strengthen young carers rights. So, come and have your voices heard!
A quote from a young carer
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young carers festival video
Areas and Activities
- Fairground: go on rides including Twister and the Dodgems.
- Planetarium: lie back and be dazzled by the galaxy.
- Sports: try paddle boarding, climbing, obstacle courses, yoga, BMX, kayaking and football.
- Crafts: drop in to an arts and crafts workshop. There'll be clay modelling, woodcraft and more.
The 2024 Young Carers Festival will take place from 28th - 30th June and will run on a similar basis as previous years.
For anyone who has not been to a festival before check out these videos and information.
If you wish to attend the festival with your group, the booking form will be provided later. Any queries on bookings, please contact YMCA directly.
Please also see the Young carers festival 2022 report that our team have produced from the consultations in the Voice Zone. The report captures what young carers said at the 2022 festival and draws out some of those key themes that we are seeing come through from their experiences. We use these to help us shape the festival as well as our work with governmental groups to help influence change all year round.
Please let us know if you have any questions on the event or report and we look forward to seeing you at YMCA Fairthorne Manor in the summer of 2024!
Get in touch about the young carers festival
If you want to support the young carers festival you can volunteer, support, donate or sponsor young carers to attend.
For information on getting involved, please get in touch.