Young CarersNorthamptonshire Young Carers Service Northamptonshire Young Carers Service exists to help promote the health and wellbeing of young carers and their families. We will work to make sure young carers are identified and recognised within our local community and help to prevent them taking on more responsibility than they should or could cope with. We aim to help them reduce feelings of isolation. We understand that young carers are individuals in individual families and have different needs. We will allow young carers and their families a say in what our support will be with a focus on improving confidence and helping prevent the type of problems that young carer families may face. We aim to promote an understanding of the balance needed between being a Carer and having an opportunity to have hopes and dreams that will in turn help young carers to fulfil their individual potential. About young carers Support How you can help Northamptonshire Young Carers Young Carers News Local and National Support Social & Groups Calendar and Upcoming Events Social/ Groups Calender and Upcoming Events Due to Covid-19 and Government Guidance we have moved some of our Groups and Events ONLINE! Please check out our diary of regular virtual groups. All you need to do is look at the description, decide which groups you would like to join (you can come to as many different groups as you want, dependent on the age restrictions!), and click on the purple Zoom button to register for that group. You only need to register once for each separate group then you'll be registered for all dates for that group. After registration you will receive an email confirmation on the day of the group with joining instructions! NMPAT very kindly offer FREE weekly music sessions in Wellingborough and Northampton - see poster below. We have a monthly LGBTQ+ Inclusion group - this is more than a social group (although that's a big part of it!) and we look at making sure the service is as inclusive as possible. We will also have some face-to-face social activities throughout the year, usually in the school holidays - specific details will be shared when appropriate. Coping with Caring. Primary school age. First Monday of the month 4:30-6:00pm. 7th Feb, 7th Mar, 4th April, 6th June, 4th July. Young carers can talk about, learn, and practice: noticing feelings; coping strategies; crisis planning; assertiveness. Zoom Online Gaming. All Ages. Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm. Roblox: 22nd Feb, 8th Mar, 22nd Mar, 12th Apr, 26th Apr, 10th May, 24th May, 14th June, 28th June, 12th July, 26th July. See poster below with details on registering. Coping with Caring. Secondary school age. Third Weds of the month 5:00-6:30pm. 16th Feb, 20th Apr, 18th May, 15th June, 20th July. Young carers can talk about, learn, and practice: noticing feelings; coping strategies; crisis planning; assertiveness. Zoom Catch Up and Create. Secondary school age. First Weds of the month 5:00-6:30pm. 2nd Feb, 2nd Mar, 6th Apr, 4th May, 1st June, 6th July. Young carers can bring something along to do whilst talking to others, sharing their ideas and progress, and celebrating achievements. Ideas to bring include: origami; colouring; drawing; jigsaw; playdoh; Lego; knitting; crafting; model making. Zoom Games Night. All ages. Second Weds of the month 5:00-6:30pm. 9th Feb, 9th Mar, 13th April, 11th May, 8th June, 13th July. Young carers can come along to take a break, meet other young carers, and join in a variety of games. Games include: quiz; bingo; scavenger hunt; categories; build a story. Zoom Catch Up and Create. Primary school age. Third Thursday of the month 4:30-6:00pm. 17th Feb, 17th Mar, 21st Apr, 19th May, 16th June, 21st July. Young carers can bring something along to do whilst talking to others, sharing their ideas and progress, and celebrating achievements. Ideas to bring include: origami; colouring; drawing; jigsaw; playdoh; Lego; knitting; crafting; model making. Zoom YAC Challenge Tues 15th March 5.30-6.30pm Tues 19th April 5.30-6.30pm Tues 17th May 5.30-6.30pm Tues 21st June 5.30-6.30pm Young adult carers can come along to take a break and meet others while joining in a variety of games, eg: quiz; bingo; scavenger hunt; categories; Zoom YAC Create Tue 1st March 5.30-6.30pm Tue 5th April 5.30-6.30pm Tue 3rd May 5.30-6.30pm Tue 7th June 5.30-6.30pm Tue 5th July 5.30-6.30pm Young adult carers can bring their own creative projects to work on, while chatting with others, sharing ideas and progress, and join in with some guided art and mindfulness activities. (Bring along drawing, painting, colouring, knitting or any thing else you’re working on). Zoom The YAC Online Programme for registered Young Adult Carers aged 16-25. Feb half term to summer break. (May be supplemented by occasional ad hoc activities). YAC Bring and Share Wed 23rd Feb 5.30-6.30pm Wed 23rd March 5.30-6.30pm Wed 27th April 5.30-6.30pm Wed 25th May 5.30-6.30pm Wed 22nd June 5.30-6.60pm Young adult carers can come and share recommendations for tv, film, music, books etc or swap jokes, memes, comedy clips they’ve seen while chatting with others. Zoom YAC Catch Up Mon 14th March 5.30-6.30pm Mon 11th April 5.30-6.30pm Mon 9th May 5.30-6.30pm Mon 13th June 5.30-6.30pm Young adult carers can have a break and come along for a social catch up with others of their own age. Zoom (YAC) Let’s Talk About…. …Education Mon 28th Feb 5-6pm …Caring for someone with mental health conditions Mon 28th Mar 5-6pm …Housing Mon 25th Apr 5-6pm …Getting through exams Mon 23rd May 5-6pm …Education 27th June 5-6pm …Money 25th July 5-6pm Young Adult Carers can come along and share their own experiences of key challenges, seeking and sharing advice and support with their peers. Zoom Most of our events will be through Zoom, please ensure you have it installed on your device. Need some help using Zoom to register? Click the button below for our guide!