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May 2023 Newsletter - Young Carers

In this update

  • Young Carer's update
  • Carer breaks for young people and young adult carers
  • Children and Young People's transformation programme - NHS England
  • Belong in Plymouth - Opportunities to hear your voice
  • Mental Health Awareness week 15th - 21st May 2023.
  • Useful links

Welcome to our latest newsletter, which we hope you find useful and informative. If there's a colleague or another provider in your network that you think would like to receive the newsletter, please feel free to forward it onto them.

Please let us know if you have anything you would like us to share or publicise in a future issue.


Young carers update

Our Young Carers enjoyed some fun and exciting activities over the Easter holidays with the team at Honicknowle Youth Centre, funded by the Fit and Fed programme and Sport Plymouth. The young carers were treated to homemade Spaghetti Bolognese and delicious build-your-own BBQ fajitas which went down a treat!

The brand new Player Ready Unleashed Gaming Party Van made an appearance to provide an incredible immersive gaming experience which was loved by everyone!

Local graffiti artist Jon Lilly also visited the sessions to share some expert tips and tricks to create a totally unique piece of graffiti art featuring planets, names, animals and much more.

Plymouth musicians Todd and Rich have worked with the young carers throughout the years and they popped in for a creative jamming session which started off with song writing and ended in karaoke! Everyone had an incredible time pushing their boundaries and trying something new.

This Easter programme gave our young carers the opportunity to build relationships with friends, take part in exciting new experiences as well as enjoy some old favourites and enjoy some healthy, delicious food. We can't wait for next time!


Carer breaks for young carers and young adult carers

'Whole-family approach'

One of the key differences between services for young carers and adult carers is that young carers' services aim to give the young carer a break, and reduce inappropriate and/or excessive caring roles on an ongoing basis.

Some levels of caring responsibility are inappropriate for a child or young person - when their development and wellbeing is affected - and the aim of support should be to change this situation, rather than only providing a limited break from it. This requires a whole-family approach.

In England, the Care Act 2014 highlights in law the importance of a whole-family approach as an effective way to understand and address the needs of an individual in the context of their family. Whole-family working involves understanding and addressing the needs of the family as one.

Read the full report


Children and Young People's transformation programme - NHS England - South West.

We would like to share a key document that came out of the national Children & Young People's ICB Leads meeting this week - shared by the 'great and the good' working in all areas of CYP and relevance to where the population is now, post pandemic and the significance of the need to invest in CYP.

Read the full article


Belong in Plymouth - opportunities to hear your voice

Belong in Plymouth is focused on exploring and searching for answers together - NHS, Statutory Services, the VCSE and individual citizens. One of the foundations to this is how we collaborate and work together.

Would you like to talk about your experience collaborating across health, care, charity, social enterprise, and grassroots? Your work would be showcased nationally in a film for the King's Fund and on Future Learn. Filming will take place on 28th June 2023.

Book a place to attend


Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is an ideal time for us all to think about mental health, tackle stigma, and find out how we can create a society that prevents mental health problems from developing and protects our mental well-being. But we can't do it without you!

For more information follow the link to Mental Health page on the Plymouth Online Directory.


Share your stories with us

Do you have any good news stories or information that you would like to share with the wider Young Carers Network in Plymouth?

Please email with your suggestions.

We'd love to share all the amazing things you are doing!


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This page was last updated on 19 May 2023

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