That person may be ill, have a physical or learning disability, or a mental health, drug or alcohol problem.
Young Carers Service
The main focus of the service is to work with children, young people and their families to help them find support locally to reduce the amount of caring young carers have to do.
We were asked to make changes to part of the Young Carers Service that is funded by Hertfordshire County Council and NHS Hertfordshire. This means we can help more young carers and make a bigger difference to their lives. We are pleased that their commitment to young carers continues and that the level of funding remains the same.
How does the service work?
Our staff visit young carers and their families in their homes so that they can understand the caring situation and find out what sort of help the family might need. They then work with other organisations like Hertfordshire County Council to find support from local services to reduce the amount of caring the young person has to do.
Breaks and activities
Many of you will know the project through the breaks and activities we have provided.
We know that these are very important to young carers and we will be fundraising, so that we can continue to provide them in the future.
To take part, you will need to fill in an Annual Consent Form, which you can download at the bottom of this page.
Young Carers' Council and Conference
Young carers can have their say on the things that matter most to them through the Young Carers' Council and at our annual Young Carers' Conference. Visit our news pages to find out the latest stories from young carers.
For more details see our dedicated website for young carers at www.ycih.org.
Some young carers on our Young Carers' Council have come up with some suggestions to help other young carers cope with a caring role. You can see the pdf tips here. (235 KB)
How we're supporting young carers and their families during the COVID-19 crisis
Our Young Carers Service has been busy re-thinking the ways it supports young carers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions about social gatherings and self-isolation. As part of its revised offer the team has launched a virtual book club and competition for young carers.
The competition is open to all young carers (people aged under 19 that help care for a relative or someone close to them) that are registered with Carers in Hertfordshire. It involves sharing your experiences of this time with either:
• A picture you have drawn or painted;
• A photo you have taken (with a caption);
• Pictures of anything you have created (with a caption); or
• A story, poem, or piece of writing you have done.
There are prizes to be won – a £20 voucher for the best work and £10 for one that comes a close second!
The first deadline for entries is Friday 17th April 2020 at 5pm and the prize winners will be announced the following week. To enter send your submission via email to and put ‘competition’ in the subject line and include your name (first name and surname) and age in the email.
The Young Carers Virtual Book Club is for young carers aged 13+. Each month we will share our book pick with you and you can then email us your book reviews, telling us what you liked and didn’t like about the story.
We’d also like to try and hold a virtual meeting via Zoom for young carers that are registered with us and interested in discussing the book – to be involved in this please get in touch so we can send further details.
The first book to read is Noughts and Crosses: Book 1 by Malorie Blackman (please note that this book explores racial inequality and violence.) You may be able to borrow the book for free if you have an account with Hertfordshire Libraries Service - more information on Hertfordshire Libraries website here.
Alternatively, retailers including Amazon sell the book (e-version and paperback) or you can listen to it on Audible (there’s a free 30-day trial available and you can find out more at www.audible.co.uk).
The deadline for reviews is Thursday 30th April 2020. Send your reviews via email to with the subject line Virtual Book Club and include your full name and age. (Pictured is Cleveland the cat, our Young Carers Service mascot, reading.)
With regards to providing information and support to families with a young carers, Laura Green, from our Young Carers Service, said: “Although we are unable to complete home visits throughout this period we are continuing to reach out to families using a variety of technology, including telephone calls, Zoom and WhatsApp. If we are video-calling young we will arrange a convenient time to get in touch and make sure a parent or adult is aware of this and present in the house at the time of the call.”
You can keep updated on the Young Carers Service and future activities at www.ycih.org/activities-for-young-carers
We have put together some activities and tips for young carers and their families to do at home during this period of self-isolation - Self-isolation activity ideas and tips for young carers and their families.