WinterNewsletter-Young Carers 2014
WARRINGTON YOUNG CARERS NEWSLETTER
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Wired Young Carers Service on
Facebook, Twitter and
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On Saturday 22nd March between 12.00-3.00pm
we will be hosting an Open Day at the Carers
Centre, Sankey Street.
Starting in February!
There will be :
Face painting and temporary tattoos
Arts and crafts and other activities
Refreshments and CAKES!!!
Bring your families along, all ages are welcome!
We are looking for Young Carers to volunteer and
for helpers to get involved on the day. If you would
like to volunteer on the day, please let us know as
soon as possible.
All our contact details can be found on the back
Louise Administrator &
We look forward to seeing you there.
We look forward to seeing you at our drop-ins
There have been some changes made to our
Young Carers drop-in sessions, please see the
Events Calendar for further details.
Orford Youth Base Capesthorne Road,
Orford, Warrington, WA2 0JF
Orford Jubilee Hub Jubilee Way,
Warrington, Cheshire, WA2 8HE
The Peace Centre Peace Drive, Warrington,
This New Year we will be introducing a Brand New
Drop-In at the Carers Centre, 68 Sankey Street.
We invite you to share you thoughts and ideas on
how you would like Wired Young Carers Service
to look in 2014.
This can be anything from an activity at a drop-in,
a trip you would like to go on, access to
counselling or even a great new venue for events
We cannot guarantee we will be able to do
everything you suggest, but we will listen to you
and try our best to help. So go on, this is YOUR
service, help to shape it in the way YOU want!
Cheshire Fire Service & Princes Trust Team
Programme have very kindly offered to do some
more fund raising on behalf of Wired Young
This drop-in will be open to Young Carers aged
between 11 - 16 years. All involved will have a
chance to join our social media and newsletter
The money raised will be used for a Young Carers
trip on Wednesday 16th April.
It will take place once a month on a Monday
The first date is Monday
10th February 2014.
There will be transport provided.
There will be:
Chill out areas
Access to computers
And much, much more.
To celebrate the opening of this new Drop-In the
theme is Red Carpet Film Night.
Times and venue to be confirmed.
If you would be interested in joining us on this
Mystery trip please let us know. As spaces are
limited it will be first come first served.
All contact details can be found on the back page.
Sometimes Wired Young Carers Service need
extra funding, to help us run certain activities or
events. If you have any ideas for fundraising, we
want to hear them.
We would like to get a group of enthusiastic Young
Carers together to form a Fundraising Group.
You can get dressed up and walk the red carpet.
If you would like to get involved in this Fundraising
Group, please let us know.
We will be projecting a film onto our big screen and
there will be refreshments, including pizza and
We will set aside time to meet on a regular basis
during our new drop-in for 11-16 year olds, at the
We look forward to seeing you there.
On Monday 17th March we will be bag packing at
Asda, Cockhedge between 6.00-9.00pm.
Have you won any medals? Come first in a
competition? Been in the local paper?
If you are aged 10 or over and would like to come
along and help us out please get in touch.
If you have…. we want to hear
We can only take a limited number of helpers
along with us, so if you want to help out please let
us know as soon as possible.
We will use the money raised to go towards future
trips and events for Young Carers and Young
Adult Carers activities.
Recently 3 of our Young Carers attended the
Young Carers Conference in Sheffield, as part
of their role as being a Young Carers Champion.
The conference was a great opportunity for the
Champions to meet other Young Carers around
the UK and to take part in different workshops.
These included Digital Storytelling, Festival
Planning, Interviewing Skills and much more.
Champion Emily says:
‘I really enjoyed the Young Carers Champion
Conference. It was really nice to meet other
Young Carers. The workshops I did where really
good and fun, I learnt new skills and I can’t wait to
learn more new stuff.’
Champion Matthew says:
‘It was the experience of being able to do different
things for once and to put forward what we want
This new regular feature is a column dedicated to
any achievement YOU have gained!
This time we would like to celebrate
Taiomi for her success in Swimming
She has won several medals for her
swimming talents, coming first in a free
Taoimi trains 2-3 times a week and
her best stroke is the Butterfly.
So here's a HUGE congratulations to Taiomi from
all of us here at Wired Young Carers Service.
We also want to celebrate
Cara and her Trampolining
achievements, as she won
first place and was awarded
a trophy in a recent
Cara has been trampolining
for 3 years and trains twice a
So here's a HUGE congratulations to Cara from all
of us here at Wired Young Carers Service.
Wired Young Carers Service believe in
celebrating all your great achievements and
successes– whether they are big or small!
So if you would like to see your achievements
celebrated in the next Young Carers Newsletter
please get in touch.
You can find all our contact details on the back
page of this newsletter.
We look forward to hearing about all your exciting
Alton Towers Trip
Young Carers Friendship Tree
Roller Skating Trip
Orford Youth Base Halloween Party
You can now keep up to date with Wired Young
Carers Service by checking out our Twitter,
Makewav.es and Facebook pages.
Follow us on Twitter @Wired_yc
Like us on Facebook by searching for
Wired Young Carers
Create your own profile and join us on
We will use these sites to keep you informed on
upcoming events and share your experiences.
You can download apps for android and iPhones
for all of these sites, so you can keep up to date
wherever you are!
So please add, follow and join us, and don’t forget
to like, favourite and comment on Wired Young
Carers Service’s statuses, tweets and stories!
You can join makewav.es by becoming a reporter
for Wired Young Carers Service. This will allow
you to post content onto the Wired Young Carers
You can create a profile and add each other as
friends. We just ask that you DO NOT put a
picture of yourself up as your profile picture.
You can use this site to create your own blog, get
involved with surveys and enter competitions.
This year we would like to invite you to take part in
a national T-shirt design competition for the Young
The winner will have their design printed on all
t-shirts given out at the festival.
We will be holding a session dedicated to the
competition on Thursday 27th March at our Orford
Youth Base drop-in.
Please see the Events Calendar for further details.
We would like to say a MASSIVE Thank You to:
Pete Jackson, our wonderful Volunteer Mini Bus
Driver for the trip to Alton Towers.
Here are some excellent pieces of artwork that
have been created by some very talented Young
Sue Lawton, one of WIRED Adult Carers Service
Volunteers, for running a Knitting Session for
Young Carers to take part in during the October
Warrington Lions for the extremely
generous £250 donation towards our
Young Carers Christmas Party.
Kat Robinson from Nomenca for
generously donating Christmas
Presents for Young Carers. And an extra special
Thanks to Kats Dad for his very generous donation
of 30 selection boxes!
Alton Towers Logo by Cara
Princes Trust and
especially Nicky, for fund raising and
organising the Young Carers
Roller Skating trip.
Liz Cotterill from ASDA
for helping out with our
Young Carers Christmas
Party and ASDA’s generous £20 donation towards
food for the Christmas Party.
Chelsea Lawton for helping with the Knitting
Session and the Young Carers Christmas Party
Deb Clarke for volunteering at the Young Carers
Christmas Party and driving the mini bus
John Lappin from The Harrison Centre for
supporting with the Young Adult Carers Ice Skating
The Margery Griffiths Fund
for funding the Young Adult
Carers Ice Skating trip.
Wired Young Carers Poster by Megan
‘YoungSibs is a UK wide online support service
for siblings under 18 who have a brother or sister
who is disabled or has special educational needs
or a serious long-term condition.’
Time to Change
Time to Change is England's biggest programme
to challenge mental health stigma and
‘Just as we all have physical health, we have
mental health too. And just as our bodies can
become unwell, so can our minds. Like physical
illness, mental illness affects people of any age,
race, religion or income. It is not the result of
personal weakness, lack of character, or poor
Young Carers Net is:
“a website and online support service for young
people aged 18 and under in the UK, who help to
look after someone in their family who has an
illness, disability, drug/alcohol addiction or mental
You can sign up to the Young Carers Net website
to access support from the online community of
Young Carers or advice from qualified youth
Some of the things you can access on the website
Contact a Family
Discussion Boards and Chat rooms
Contact a Family provides support, advice and
information for families with disabled children, no
matter what their condition or disability.
Information around Bullying
Young Carers Stories
Information on health conditions such as
Autism, Depression and more.
In the North West, they carry out the service
through a team of home-based workers and
volunteers. Working at a local and regional level,
they have up-to-date information on local services
and support for families with disabled children
You may have heard us use the word
‘Consultation’ but what does it mean?
A consultation is when we ask, or consult, you
about you ideas, views or opinions on a
For example at a recent drop-in we ask each
Young Carer to choose 3 sports they would most
like to try. This was a consultation exercise. From
this we can then pick out the 3 most popular
sports and see how or if we could provide them as
a Young Carers activity.
There is also a whole section devoted to School
and College that covers any problems a Young
Carer might face. There is also a section around
bullying with useful information on what to do if
you are being bullied.
The website also has a section for Parents. This
covers feelings parents may have around their
children being Young Carers as well as
information on Disabled Parents Rights.
Young Carers Net can be accessed 365 days a
year, which means there is always a source of
support available to you, whether its joining a chat
with other Young Carers, emailing a Support
Worker or even just reading articles and
information on the site.
The website address is:
Come and join our Young Adult Carers group!
These drop-ins are a great opportunity for you to
meet other Young Adult Carers, aged between
16 - 30 years.
During the meetings you will have the opportunity
to put forward any ideas for future trips, events
and activities allowing you to shape the service
you receive and to tell us what you want. We will
provide the refreshments.
Past trips include Bowling, Laser Quest and Ice
Skating. We have been successful in securing a
funding grant to pay for these trips. It would be
great if you could get involved in the writing and
applying for future funding bids for the trips and
activities you want!
If you feel this is something you would like to get
involved in please come along to our next
Young Adult Carers Group meeting, which will
be taking place on Monday 24 February 2014
between 5.30 — 7.00pm at:
Wired Young and Adult Carers Centre
86 Sankey Street
These drop-ins provide an opportunity to talk one
of our support workers, meet other Young Adult
Carers, chat and relax.
Warrington Primary Care Psychological Services
help anyone living in Warrington aged 16 and
above registered with a Warrington GP to deal with
common mental health problems. The service is
staffed by a team of highly skilled mental health
professionals, such as mental health nurses,
clinical psychologists, CBT therapists, High
Intensity Therapists and psychological wellbeing
If you are aged over 16 and live in Warrington and
are experiencing a mental health difficulty which is
affecting your daily living, employment or health
Warrington Primary Care Psychological Service
may be of benefit to you.
Interventions on offer include Cognitive
Behavioural Therapy (CBT), guided self help,
computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
(cCBT) and signposting services which can
including referring to counselling services.
You can be referred through your GP, via staff or
completing a self referral (available to complete on
our website www.warringtoniapt.org.uk)
They also run drop in clinics at Making Space,
Lyne House, 46 Allen Street, Warrington, WA2 7JB
every Monday afternoon (1.00-4.00pm) where you
can speak to a practitioners, gain further
information and complete a self referral to the
service For further information call 01925 401 720
Please see the Events Calendar for future
Young Adult Carers Group drop-in dates.
All 16—30 year olds are welcome!
The Warrington Collegiate drop-in takes place
on the first Wednesday of the month between
12.30-1.30pm in room DG 01.
Our contact at the Collegiate is Elise Lee.
We are working in partnership with the Collegiate
to use this time for pamper sessions such as
massage, nails and hair.
Will be taking place on Thursday 20th March
2014 between 3.00 - 7.00pm at the skills bank,
Times Square, Warrington.
Wired Young Carers Service will be there and are
in support of this event.
This event is for all young people to go along and
find out more about mental health and the services
in Warrington that can help and support people
with mental health concerns.
On Wednesday 18th December the Young Adult
Carers Group took a trip to Silver Blades Ice
Skating Rink in Widnes.
Everyone had an amazing time, with only a few
stumble & falls!
This was funded by the Margery Griffith Fund and
was run in partnership with Adult Services and the
The Prince's Trust Team Programme is a 12
week personal development programme for
young people aged 16—25 run in partnership with
Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service.
The programme is designed to help you to
develop skills, confidence and motivation.
As part of the programme you will be able to gain
recognised qualifications, which may help with
future employment or education.
You will be in a team of 15 other young people
and it will be a great opportunity to have fun,
make new friends and help the community and
The programme consists of team building
activities, fund raising events, work experience
and a residential week.
If you are currently unemployed or not in any
education or training this could be a great
opportunity for you to take part in.
If there are any trips you would like to go on in the
future please let us know.
So far the suggestions for future trips include
paintball, camping, Alton Towers, Go Karting and
If you have any ideas for fund raising we want to
hear from you!
Come along to our Young Adult Carers drop-in to
discuss future plans and get involved in fund raising
We are looking for help at our Bag Packing Fund
Raiser on Monday 17th March at Asda,
Cockhedge between 6.00-9.00pm.
Please get involved and show your support! let us if
you are interested as soon as possible!!
The next programme starts on Monday 3rd
February. If you would be interested in taking
part please let us know so we can make a
If you want more information about the
programme, please contact:
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Prince's Trust
Winsford, Cheshire CW7 2FQ
Tel: 01606 878700
Or visit: www.cheshirefire.gov.uk
If you would like us to send you out a leaflet with
further information please call Wired Young
Carers Service on 01925 442 452 or email
Childline - 0800 11 11
Family Information Service - 01925 443 131
NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
Orford Jubilee Hub - 01925 572504
Orford Youth Base - 01925 851 029
Peace Centre - 01925 581238
PhaZe - 01925 416 611
Samaritans - 08457 90 90 90
All these words are in the word search except one.
Warrington Citizens Advice Bureau
Which one is missing?
01925 246 994
Be who you are and say
what you feel
Because those who mind,
And those that matter
01925 442 452
Micha: 07841 203 130 Lou: 07912 581 868 Kat: 07912 581 915
86 Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1SG