We have teamed up with Dacorum Sports Trust to organise a Summer of sports based activities for young carers.
The sessions are completely free and are aimed at young carers aged eight and over living in Dacorum, St Albans, Three Rivers and Watford, who help care for a relative who is elderly or has an illness or disability. The activities planned are:
• Trampolining at Sportspace Hemel, in Hemel Hempstead on Thursday 28th July;
• Fitness for young carers aged 15 and over at Sportspace Berkhamsted on Thursday 4th August;
• Netball and rush hockey at Sportspace Hemel on Thursday 11th August;
• Climbing and caving at XC Hemel on Thursday 18th August;
• Fencing and badminton at Sportspace Berkhamsted on Thursday 25th August
• Orienteering at Phasels Wood on Thursday 1st September.
Laura Green, our Young Carers Service Team Leader, said: “Life can be tough for young people who care for a family member as they may not focus on themselves and take on duties at home that other children their age do not. This is why we have teamed up with Dacorum Sports Trust to run a series of sports activities. They will enable young carers to take some time out, have fun, meet new friends in a similar situation to them and importantly, improve their health.”
This project came about following successful activities and events with adult carers, plus inspiration from our Young Carers Conference earlier in the year. It also wouldn’t be possible without funding from Sport England’s Sportivate scheme, which specifically targets those who are disengaged with sport.
Gemma Roake, Sports Development Co-ordinator at Dacorum Sports Trust, said: “We really hope young carers will seize a fantastic opportunity to try something they might not normally be able to access. Using our funding resources, venues and experience, and working in partnership with the fantastic Carers in Hertfordshire team, we hope we can continue these types of projects in the future. ”
If you would like to book a place in any of the afternoon sessions or find out more about how we support unpaid young carers or adult carers please call 01992 58 69 69 or email
You could also visit the young carers website www.ycih.org