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November 2023 Newsletter - Young Carers

In this update

  • Reminder: COVID & Flu Vaccination Clinic and Outreach
  • Commitment to Carers Programme, NHSE - offer of Carers merchandise
  • Carers Rights Day
  • Young Carers Steering Group
  • Caring for the Carer blog
  • 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.


Reminder: COVID & Flu Vaccination Clinic and Outreach

The Young Carers team will be hosting a COVID (age 16-25) and flu (age 18-25) vaccination clinic on 14th November 2023 and 21st November 2023 from 7pm - 9pm at Honicknowle Youth Centre.

Transport can be provided for those who cannot make their own way to the clinic as well as refreshments, activities, and the use of a chillout area. If you would like to book a place for a young person, please contact the Young Carers team. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach Clinic

If you are interested in attending the outreach for young carers or young adult carers aged 16 to 25 then please contact who will contact you with the details of the outreach clinic.


Commitment to Carers Programme, NHSE - offer of Carers merchandise

The national NHSE Commitment to Carers Team have a large number of items that they would like to give out to GPs and this includes:

  • Mugs
  • Pads
  • Pens

They also have Health Champion merchandise that is suitable for young carers, if you have local young carer organisations you think could benefit from having some of these, please let us know.

  • Wheelie cases
  • Hoodies
  • Polo shirts
  • Satchels
  • Wristbands 

Please contact if you would like to arrange to receive any of the above merchandise.


Carers Rights Day

Carers Rights Day is our annual campaign to raise awareness of carers' current rights and entitlements, as well as calling for further rights.

This year, Carers Rights Day is on Thursday 23 November and the theme is 'Your rights: today, tomorrow and in the future'.

If you are an unpaid carer, you're entitled to certain rights which may help you access services, look after your health and wellbeing or provide vital information and support in looking after your partner, a family member or a friend.  

Carers UK constantly fights for better rights for the UK's unpaid carers, including securing landmark new rights for those juggling work with their caring responsibilities. And we'll carry on fighting to see new or improved rights established, to help make life better for carers.


Young Carers Steering Group

The Young Carers Steering Group in Devon is a group made up of different professionals all working together to create change for young carers in Devon. 

Three of our top priorities as a group are: 

  1. Voice and visibility of young carers.
  2. Supporting organisations and professionals to better support young carers.
  3. Improve life chances for young carers. 

As part of our work, we produce our quarterly newsletter. We are asking everyone to take the time to read this edition.  It will take you about 10 minutes to read. 

The newsletter will support readers to:

  • Gain access to free resources.
  • Hear from young carers directly about changes they feel are needed and their experiences.
  • Find out the latest top tips and news.
  • Learn about examples of best practices supporting young carers in Devon.
  • Celebrate examples of good practice in Devon which is supporting our young carers with us.
  • Commit to change and to taking action for young carers. Consider what you and your team could change or improve within your practice and your organisation's practice to make a difference for young carers in Devon.

 We also ask for your support in sharing this communication and the link to our newsletter above with other individuals, colleagues, groups and organisations you work with and who you feel would find this helpful. 

Your views are important to us, and we want to hear from you. Please tell us what you think.

If you would be interested in becoming a member of the Young Carers Steering Group please email a request to the Children's Commissioning mailbox marked for the attention of Jade Torr. 

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you soon.


Caring for the Carer blog

Finally, have you read the latest Caring for the Carer - what's in it for integrated care systems? blog on the NHS website?

Janice Clark, an unpaid carer for over 50 years, shares her thoughts about caring for her husband, mum and other relatives. She knows that looking after someone with mental health issues can have a huge impact on the whole family. 

Read Janice's story


Useful links


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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