From April 2015 to March 2019 our Boom Team delivered the Norfolk County Council commissioned services for Young Carers. Although this service has come to an end, as an organisation The Benjamin Foundation is committed to continue to provide positive activities for Young Carers across Norfolk.
Towards the end of the commissioned service we surveyed the Young Carers accessing the groups and the overwhelming feeling across the ages was that they feel they need a space to have fun! As such our Young Carers Development Manager, Alice Stevenson, is working on providing regular, ongoing groups for Young Carers. These groups will aim to give Young Carers a chance to escape their day to day pressures in a fun and friendly environment and give them the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends.
Starting in September 2019:
Fortnightly groups for Young Carers aged 8-12yrs old and 12-18yrs old in Watton.
Starting in November 2019:
Fortnightly group for Young Carers aged 6yrs plus in Stalham.
October Half-Term 2019:
Film workshop (8-12 yr olds & 12-18yr olds) – meet with other Young Carers in Norwich for a day to have fun learning how to make a music video! All equipment and expertise will be provided you just need to bring along a packed lunch and lots of enthusiasm!
If you are a Young Carer, or know of one, that would like to benefit from regular support please do get in touch with us at Boom@benjaminfoundation.co.uk
The Norfolk County Council Commissioned service is now provided by Carers Matter Norfolk and details of this service along with how to make referrals can be found here: https://www.youngcarersmatternorfolk.org/
It's a way for them to feel listened to when in other settings they may not be, through no fault of their own. We empower our young people and as a result we create stronger individuals.