News Young Carer Service Newsletter, May 2020 Hi everyone! My name’s Ant. If you’ve been with us for a while, we might have met on activities when I worked in the Young Carer Service. I’m currently helping with young carers again, which is a lot more fun than my usual job! We’ve been working really hard to try to make our services available online. We’re still here for emotional support and young carer assessments via phone or video conversations. We’ll also be running groups via Zoom and posting regular health and wellbeing videos. On the last Friday of every month, I’ll also be live on Facebook for any teenage young carers who want to say hi and have a chat. Have a read below about what the team have been up to and how you can continue to access the Young Carer Service. A Message from Karen and Andrea Hi everyone! As we can’t offer face-to-face support just now, we’re planning to do some on-line sessions for 8-13-year olds. Peer Support and Craft Sessions We’ll be organising on-line peer support sessions for small groups of young carers. This will give us a chance to catch up, chat together and share how we are feeling just now. We’ll also be running some on-line group craft activities. We’ll send out the craft materials ahead of the session and create something together (virtually!). We’ll be running peer support and craft sessions using an app called Zoom. If you’re joining in, you’ll need to be on a laptop, computer, tablet or smart phone. There’s some information below about how to use Zoom. If you’re interested in joining us for either the peer support or the craft sessions, get in touch and let us know. One-to-one Support We’re still providing 1:1 support via telephone. If you need someone to talk to, get in touch. Under 8’s We’re sending out wellbeing packs with puzzles and colouring sheets to all the 5-7-year-old young carers. If you haven’t already received yours it should be on its way!! Karen will be ringing around to check you have received it. A Message from Christine It’s been a tricky situation lately and we hope that you’re all well. We all miss our Tuesday and Monday night exercise group but we’re very happy that Tyne and Wear Sport are helping us to provide services online. It should be fun! I’ll be posting weekly 10-15-minute videos aimed at teenage young carers. There’ll be a variety of different activities, including exercise clips for all abilities, stretching, yoga, and meditation. You can choose what you want to do and when you want to do them. I’ll be sharing the videos on our Facebook pages, YouTube channel and website. They’ll be on the Tyne and Wear Sport website, too. To encourage you to get active, every week we’ll give away a £10 and £5 Amazon voucher to the two people who take part the most. Just send us a short video via email, Messenger or WhatsApp each time you do the exercises. We’ll award prizes to the people who send us the most videos each week. We would love it if you help us support you by supporting us. Everyone loves a like! A Message from Maureen Hi. I hope you’re all managing to stay safe and well. We’re all working from home to keep ourselves safe. This has been a great opportunity for me to carry out reviews for young carers. A review is just a telephone call to update our records. I make sure we have the correct contact details for you, update our consent forms and see if there have been any changes in your circumstances or caring responsibilities. This is important as things could have changed a lot and you may need additional support. Or you may have changed contact details or moved to a new house, so we don’t know how to get in touch with you. We’re also ringing around families that we think might need some additional support during the Covid-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak. If we haven’t spoken to you in the last 6 weeks and you think you need some support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and let us know. New Yoga Videos for Young Carers If you’ve ever taken part in one of our groups with Spirit Level Yoga, you’ll know how awesome Robyn is at helping you to get moving and chillax at the same time. Robyn will be making new yoga and mindfulness videos especially for us every month that you can follow at home in your own time. There’ll be videos for 5-7 year olds and videos for 8-11s. But don’t worry if you’re older than that, you can still enjoy joining in. All videos will be shared on our website, YouTube and Facebook pages, so remember to keep checking in. Grants for Young Carers The Young Carer Wellbeing Fund is still available to help buy items that give young carers a break from their caring role. You can also access the Curtin PARP Fund if there’s something you need to help you with your education or career development. Get in touch to find out more. Win! Win! Win! There’s still time to enter our competition to win a £50 gift voucher. In no more than 250 words, write about “A Day in the Life of a Young Carer” or “My Ideal Day Out with the Young Carer Service”. There’ll be a prize for 8-11 years, 12-14 years, and 14+. Under 8’s can also enter by drawing us a picture using the same titles instead. Closing date is the end of June and we’ll announce the winners at the end of July. Email your entries to us at the address below. Drawings can be photographed and emailed. Have fun!! Using Zoom You’ve probably heard a lot about Zoom over the last few weeks. It’s a free messaging app that lets you have video calls with lots of people at once. We’ve decided to use this, too, as we think it will be a good way to meet with groups of young carers online. We hope that this will help young carers feel a bit less lonely while we’re in lockdown. If we’ve invited you to a Zoom group, here’s some things your parents/carers need to know, so make sure they read this! We’ll get in touch with you first by phone to check that your child wants to take part and that they’re available at the time we have planned. Before the Zoom meeting is due to start, we’ll email you with a meeting weblink that contains a password. Don’t share this link with anyone else. If you have Zoom installed already, tap the link to open the meeting. If you don’t have Zoom installed, there will be an option to install it. You’ll need to do this before your child can join in. Tap / click on the install option and follow the instructions onscreen. Don’t worry, you won’t need to pay for Zoom. Once you’ve clicked the meeting link, we’ll get a message to say that your child is waiting, and we’ll let them into the meeting. This is to ensure that people we haven’t invited can’t join. If you’re using a laptop or PC, a couple of option boxes might appear before you join the meeting. They will say ‘Join with Video’ and then ‘Join with Computer Audio’. You’ll need to click these so that we can see and hear you. If you’re using a phone or tablet, a tab will appear at the bottom of your screen that says, ‘Call via Device Audio’ or ‘Dial in’. Tap ‘Call via Device Audio’ so we can hear you. You’ll also see an icon that looks like a red video camera with a red line through it. Tap this so we can see you. Get in touch if you’d like to discuss anything about using Zoom. Don't Forget Every week… There’ll be new physical activities from Christine. Every month There’ll be two new yoga and mindfulness videos from Spirit Level Yoga. Ant will be live on Facebook on the last Friday afternoon of the month for any teenage young carers that want to chat. And We’ll post regular updates on Facebook with tips on how to safe and healthy. Stay in Touch There’s plenty of ways to stay in touch with us. Phone us on 01207 549780. There isn’t anyone in the office but calls are being diverted to staff mobiles. If no one answers, leave a message and someone will pick it up. Text us on 07547 010904 Email us at [email protected] Young carers age 13+ can make friends with us on Facebook at Gateshead Young Carers. Adults can follow us at Carers Trust Tyne and Wear You can also use this contact form to send us a message. We'll get back to you as soon as we can.