Young carers are children and young people who help look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled or has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol. They may be someone who has direct caring responsibilities or they may be someone whose life is affected as a result of living with someone who has these conditions.
Burgess Hill Town Council supports Burgess Hill Youth to put on events for Young Carers throughout the year. The Town Council provides all administrative support and is the initial point of contact for Young Carer enquiries. Burgess Hill Youth lead the events on the day with support from Town Council staff. Please contact Kayleigh at Burgess Hill Town Council on Kayleigh@burgesshill.gov.uk if you require further information.
The next young carers event will be hold on Tuesday 30 May, at Fairfield Community Centre, from 10am to 2.30pm. Please complete the google form by clicking here
If you haven’t already, please also complete the annual permission form by clicking here
Young carers events 2023
The Town Council supported Burgess Hill Youth with their young carers day on Tuesday 14 February. The children decorated biscuits and cupcake, as well as joined in with stone painting and crafts. Some of the young leaders from Burgess Hill Youth attended and ran sports in the MUGA, including tennis and football. The team at the Mustard Seed Café kindly supplied the young carers and staff with a tasty lunch.
The young carers were invited to attend the panto by Burgess Hill Theatre Club at Burgess Hill Academy in January. The young carers thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Jack and the Beanstalk! The trip was funded by Burgess Hill and District Lions, and Burgess Hill and District Rotary. They also all received a chocolate selection box thanks to Burgess Hill District Lions Club, Burgess Hill & District Rotary Club, Central Sussex Rotary and Mid Sussex Round Table.
Young Carers Events 2022
George from Yellow Brick Lab ran a brilliant Lego robotics workshop for the young carers. They took great delight in building and programming their robot, making them dance and adding silly sound effects! The children also enjoyed a short walk to The Mustard Seed Café for lunch, which was kindly made free of charge by the team there.
Burgess Hill Youth and the Town Council welcomed Kate and Lee of Poi Passion to lead the young carers in a circus skills workshop on Tuesday 26 July. It was thoroughly enjoyed by the young carers with smiles all around! The Mustard Seed café benevolently supplied everyone a tasty and well-earned lunch!
The Town Council supported Burgess Hill Youth on Thursday 21 April at Fairfield Community Centre in running the young carers event. The Lost Woods Project team from Action in Rural Sussex ran a woodland session in West Park Reserve, with lunch kindly supplied by the Mustard Seed café at St Edwards Church.
Burgess Hill Youth and the Town Council ran a young carers event on Thursday 24 February at Fairfield Community Centre. Young carers took part in lots of activities, including making insect hotels, and bird burgers. The event was supported by the Lost Woods Project team from Action in Rural Sussex and lunch was generously provided by the Mustard Seed café at St Edwards Church.
Young Carers Events 2021
Burgess Hill Youth led a young carers adventure in the woods on 12 August with lots of fun activities with the support from Karen, Michelle and Fran from the Lost Woods project at Action in rural Sussex. The young carers enjoyed lots of fun activities making memories at Bedelands Nature Reserve.
And we are back! We were so pleased to hold the first young carers event since February 2019. The event was led by Karen Lavers, Village Agent at Action in Rural Sussex with Jackie Cooper, chair of Burgess Hill Youth and supported by the Town Council. The event activities included den building, leaf bashing, hammock fun, nature wildlife inspections and much more. Everyone had a great afternoon and we look forward to more social events soon.
Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs Project
Action in rural Sussex have created a video which showcases the work they did in relation to the Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs Project – turning lost woods into loved woods. The video is narrated by team member Karen and some of the footage was filmed at the Young Carers fun day in April 2022. Watch the video on our Facebook by clicking here.