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From the 1st April, lots of changes are being introduced to the
benefits changes and this may affect you and your family. To
find out more about these changes, Croydon Voluntary Action and
Croydon Council are teaming up with other partners to deliver a
Benefit changes information day on Friday 19th April.
This free event is for people
affected by the benefit changes on Friday 19 April from
10.30am to 2.30pm in the Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
The event will provide support
and advice, interactive workshops on finding a job or
training, housing options, childcare, managing money or
debt and more.
Refreshments and a crèche facility will be provided.
For more information about this
event, you can download a poster from the
We want to offer our Young Carers in Croydon the best possible
service, in order to achieve this we would like you to update us
with your records and current caring circumstances. Please
- Young Carers Update Form - this form is to tell
us about your personal information.
& Consent Document - this form is to update us about who we
can/cannot share information with but also about behavioural and
parental expectations when Young Carers are taking part in any of
- MACA Form & PANOC Form - these
forms are used to identify caring roles and for us understand the
impact of caring. The MACA form is essential but the PANOC form is
optional, however, it will be extremely useful for us to target the
appropriate level of support.
It is essential that we have this process completed as soon as
possible so that it doesn't hinder any support that the Young
Carers are entitled to; this includes engaging in any of our
services. If you would like further information please
contact Mubin Choudhury on 02086499339 opt 2
Please return to Elisabethwood@carerscontactline.co.uk or post
to YCP, 1d Courtyard House, Church Road, Croydon, CR0 1SG
WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE FOR YOUNG
In mid-April our mental health support worker, Sabrina Simpson
will be runnin wellbeing workshops after school, for young carers
in the Project called 'Time 4 me'. These workshops ran last year
and were really enjoyed! We covered topics such as bullying,
self-esteem and friendships. Here are a few comments from
young carers who attended last year.
- "I enjoyed coming to the sessions as it's a place to make
- "Time 4 me is a place where you can let your feelings out"
- "We have learnt about Disability, Anger, Happiness, School and
Community and Stereotypes"
- "Time for me is a place where you can be yourself and have
The sessions will be one day a week for an hour after school.
Refreshments will be provided and it will be a nice opportunity to
get to meet other Young Carers in the Project.
These workshops are open to anyone in the Project aged 11 and
over and so if you are interested, please contact young
carers for more details.
ASSERTIVENESS AND CONFIDENCE BUILDING
The Young Carers Project has arranged an Assertiveness and
Confidence Building workshop for any young carer living in Croydon
andaged 16 and above. If you're interested in attending or
finding our more, please call the office or email
This event will take place on Tuesday 28th May
DO YOU WANT TO BE OUR YOUNG CARERS
This year the YCP are launching the "Young Carers Champion"
campaign. We would like to appoint a Young Carer (who is currently
registered with YCP) to be the Young Carers Champion. This role
- Being the voice for Young Carers
- Listen and understand the needs of Young Carers
- Meet with YCP staff/volunteers and act as the link between
Young Carers and the YCP staff.
- Represent Young Carers at YCP staff meetings, YCP Working Group
and consultation events (where possible).
- Develop ideas for the delivery of YCP services and contribute
to design and publicity.
If you think you've got what it takes to be the Croydon Young
Carers Champion then please write a short brief (of no more than
200 words/ half a page of A4) about why you think the Young Carers
Champion should be you. Please include what skills and knowledge
you have to bring to the role as well as what motivates you. The
closing date for all applications has been extended till Friday
3rd May 2013.We will then
be meeting with applicants for an interview before deciding who to
If you would like further information please contact Mubin
Choudhury on 02086499339 opt 2. Please return to Mubinchoudury@carerscontactline.co.uk
or post to YCP, 1d Courtyard House, Church Road, Croydon, CR0
SURVEY ON KID TO SCHOOL/SERVICES
The Young Carers Project and DPACT (Disabled Parents &
Carers Together) are working together on a piece of research to
understand the challenges and difficulties in getting children to
school where there is a/are parent/s with a disability or when
there are transport difficulties. We want to gather as much
information as possible because this issue is affecting some of our
families and that some children are simply unable to get to school
because there is nobody there to take them, this could mean
potential consequences for parents and families being penalised and
Young Carers unable to participate in education or extracurricular
activities, and we want to change this.
The questionnaire is designed to gather as much information as
possible anonymously. You can download a copy by clicking here.
If you would like us to contact you to discuss further please get in