On Wednesday 13 December, the Carers Trust Heart of England Young Carers Services held their Young Carers Family Christmas Party at the Britannia Hotel in Coventry.
The party was attended by over 100 Coventry young carers and their family members. There was face painting, glitter tattoos, amazing magic from Coventry favourite Jester Styles, people were dancing with the beautiful snow queen and even Santa popped in with his elves to hand out presents and led an impromptu conga around the hotel!
Parent, Bogumilla Gzella, said: The best party ever. Thank you to the Young Carers Team and everyone involved. You are the best in making children happy and not just those under the age of 18.”
Young carers are people aged between 5 and 18 years old who have a responsibility for looking after or helping someone else to look after a person who has a disability, a long term illness, mental health illness, Autism/ADHD or someone addicted to drugs or alcohol. That person could be your mum, dad, brother, sister, grandparent or even a close friend or neighbour.
As a young carer you may help out by going shopping, cooking, cleaning, making sure the person you care for takes their medicine, talking and listening to them when they are not very happy, look after brothers and sisters or anything else that helps out at home.
Kai, a young carer, said:“This is the best night ever. I can’t believe Santa was here! I loved the photo booth and it was brilliant to spend some time with my mum and my brother doing something fun, because we don’t do that often.“
The Carers Trust Heart of England can help young carers by listening to them when they need to talk, giving them information and advice and support, arrange trips and activities to give them a break from your caring responsibilities and support you through any troubles you may have in school.
Mark Graham, Young Carers Family Information, Advice and Support Worker said: “We run so many activities over the year to provide young carers with a break from their caring role, but we recognised that a lot of the families we work with do not have the opportunity to actually go out and have fun together. To see so many people having so much fun and making new friends has been a heart-warming experience for all involved.”
The party was run as part of the Big Lottery funded Young Carers Services based at the Carers Trust Heart of England.