Young Carers Club Meeting Summer 2 2021
The Young Carers club had their first meeting in Summer 2 outside in the Smooga. As a group we thought about how to keep our minds, bodies and hearts healthy and happy.
Firstly, we talked about how we can look after our bodies and keep them healthy. The children suggested things such as eating healthy foods and doing exercise. Then we talked about how to keep our minds healthy. The children suggested ideas such as doing mindfulness colouring, breathing and thinking positively. Finally we talked about how to keep our hearts happy! The children discussed what they do that makes them feel happy. They talked about things such as being outside in nature, being with their friends and family and doing their favourite activities such as drawing.
The children were all given a journal for the summer holidays with a different task, idea or thought for each day. They were also given some resources to use over the holidays, including mindfulness colouring and yoga poses.
In our federation, we know that many of our children are young carers.
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or has other difficulties that may affect their health and ability to look after themselves properly.
What might a young carer do?
- Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
- Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
- Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
- Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
- Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
- Helping to give medicine.
- Helping someone communicate.
- Looking after brothers and sisters.
Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up
- It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
- Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
- In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.
- 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.
- 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.
But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer.
You can find more information by looking at this website https://carers.org/about-us/about-young-carers
These websites may also be useful
Mrs Ponder and Miss Gilfillan oversee the young carers in our federation. Each term the children in the young carers club will meet and focus on a certain theme. The theme for this Autumn term is ‘Happiness’. The children really enjoy this time to chat, complete activities and games and also take home some activities to complete if they would like to!
If your child is a Young Carer or you would like some help or advice, please do contact us.
Support for young carers | Action for Children
Taking a break. We provide regular breaks, access to fun activities and opportunities to meet other young people in the same circumstances. Most importantly, we relieve provide relief from responsibilities for a while to allow our carers to enjoy being a child. www.actionforchildren.org.uk
Being a young carer: your rights – NHS
You’re a young carer if you’re under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem. If you’re a young carer, you probably look after one of your parents or care for a brother or sister. You may do extra jobs in and around the … www.nhs.uk