Young carers aged 5-18 years old are all invited to take part in our activities, thought ad hoc for each age group.
Our events are various and entertaining, the best way to relax, have some fun and make friends!
Young Carers Holiday Clubs
The holiday club runs throughout the year – summer, half term and Easter, usually from Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30am to 3:30pm for children and young people aged 5-16 years old. The scheme includes a range of positive and engaging activities where young carers can have fun, learn new skills and be creative. It is sponsored by Phoenix Community Housing Community Chest.
Below are a few comments about the holiday scheme in 2016/17:
“Young carers holiday club is a fun, engaging place for young people to be. It is full of carefully planned activities that give young people who attend a chance to be creative, relax and so importantly interact with other young carers. The holiday club is so special because it gives young people the chance to go trips and do activities that might otherwise be impossible due to their situation at home”. Lauren, Volunteer.
“We worked as a team doing it (cooking), had fun doing it and made some good food… sometimes you need people to help you and not to do stuff by yourself”. Aaron, aged 13.
“Brilliant. He enjoyed the programme. I am grateful that my family can take part, I have notice a change and my son is now more confident”. Young carers parent.
Regular Activities, Clubs and Workshops
Our monthly Saturday clubs are for young carers to get a break from their caring role:
- 1st Saturday of every month, 12-3.30pm, Cherry Blossom Children’s Centre, 118 Old Bromley Road, BR1 4JY: 5-10 years old.
- 3rd Saturday of every month, 12-3pm, Carers Lewisham, Forest Hill, SE23 2LB: 11-18 years old.
At these clubs, young carers can access; 1:1 support, play games consoles such as Wii & XBOX, access the internet, sporting activities, arts and crafts and much more. Refreshments and snacks are available at all the clubs free of charge.
Pick-ups and drop-offs are available for young carers aged 11 years old and under.
Weekly Drop in
Every Thursday we welcome young carers, aged 8-16 year old, to come in and get together for a couple of hours. During these sessions they will have the opportunity to make new friends, play games, access the internet and receive support with their homework. Sessions take place weekly, 4-6pm at Carers Lewisham, Forest Hill, SE23 2LB.
Online support from the Carers Trust
Babble has been created by Carers Trust as an online space where those aged under 18 who are caring for a family member or friend can chat, share their experiences and access information and advice.
The site aims to bring together young carers from across the UK in an online space which is safe, fun and supportive.
They say about us…
“They are very friendly and show so much compassion it’s unbelievable. The games they play are so enjoyable”. Parent
“The support provided for Young Carers in Lewisham is invaluable and we are really glad to be able to offer support for children through these funded activities”. Professional