Our Young Carers Festival provides young people with the opportunity to have fun, relax, socialise and have their voices heard about issues that affect them

Young carers at the young carer festival

Photo credit: Max Alexander

Young Carers Festival

Every year, in partnership with YMCA Fairthorne Manor, we hold a festival as part of the process of recognising, informing and consulting with young carers in order to better meet the needs of them and their families.

Since the first Young Carers Festival in 2000 when 600 young carers arrived at YMCA Fairthorne Manor in Hampshire, the festival has grown, with up to 1800 young carers now attending every year.

The festival provides the young people with the opportunity to have fun, relax, socialise and have their voices heard about issues that affect them. The outcomes from participatory consultations inform future work and are communicated to the government.

Over the years we have consulted with young people on a range of issues including education, health, social care and whole family support.

If you would like to attend the Young Carers Festival, you must come as part of a supported youth/community group such as a young carers project or school group. If you attend any of these groups, let them know about this amazing festival and refer them to our professional events area about applying to attend.

To help with fundraising to attend, don’t forget to check out our information pack which provides ideas of how you can fundraise for your project - please note that our opportunities are updated regularly and although our information pack was correct at the time of publishing, it's important to double check which opportunities are still available.

HOW TO ATTEND - INFORMATION FOR PROFESSIONALS

YCF2018 - We did it! A new World Record!

This year's theme was ‘I’m here, right here - stand up and be counted' and we can confirm that we broke the World Record which was the most arm-linked people to stand up simultaneously!  This was in conjunction with the reality of the implementation of the duties outlined in the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Care Act 2014. Whether young carers are feeling any direct benefit, what still needs to change to make sure this happens for young carers and whether they feel they are accounted for in their local area. So we asked asked young carers to ‘Stand up and be counted’.  

Watch the video from YCF2018

 


Information for professionals

The festival provides the young people with the opportunity to have fun, relax, socialise and have their voices heard about issues that affect them. The outcomes from participatory consultations inform future work and are communicated to the government.

Over the years in our Voice Zone we have consulted with young people on a range of issues including education, health, social care and whole family support which has been hosted by Universities, NHS England and Mental Health organisations to name but a few.  

Any questions regarding the logistics of the festival, i.e. cost, food etc, please contact YMCA Fairthorne directly but for any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Fireworks at young carers festival

Photo credit: Max Alexander

Volunteering at the festival

We have plenty of volunteering opportuntities for you to get involved in*:

  • Friday 1pm onwards – setting up and possible involvement in the opening ceremony
  • Saturday (morning, afternoon or all day) – working directly with the young people; from craft making to helping on a consultation. Please indicate on the form if there is an area you would prefer to be involved in and also inform us of any skills you have, ie. a particular craft making skill.
  • Sunday (morning) – general clearing up and possible involvement in the closing ceremony.

*Please note, we do ask our volunteers to be 16+ in age and if under 18 that they are accompanied by an adult at all times.  Unfortunately we are unable to help towards travelling expenses.

YMCA volunteering

If you are interested in any of the following volunteering, we will pass your details onto YMCA who will contact you directly:

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – various setting up duties as required
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday - various duties including food serving and litter picking
  • Sunday – afternoon – clearing up, litter picking and tent peg collecting

 

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2019 Young Carers Festival then please contact us.