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Young Carers

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.

Upcoming Events:

Burgess Hill Youth and the Town Council are working on the next young carers event to be held on Thursday 24 February from 10.30-2.30 at Fairfield Community Centre. This is for ages 6-11years.  We have lots of activities planned and have the support of the Lost Woods Project team from Action in Rural Sussex attending and lunch will be generously provided by the Mustard Seed café at St Edwards Church.

If you would like to attend the event please complete the form here

If you have any questions at all please contact Jennifer on 01444 238207.

If you would like to attend the next event please contact Jennifer on 01444 238207 or email

Young Carers Events 2021

August 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.

June 2021

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.

Young Carers Events 2019 – 2020

February 2020

Burgess Hill Youth hosted another carers event for 28 Young Carers on Tuesday 18 February.  It was a great afternoon with all enjoying  wide range of activities including sewing machine activities creating cushions and monsters, cake decorating, sun print creations plus lots of games and sports.  The Mustard Seed cafe provided a free  lovely lunch too with delicious chocolate lolly sticks.

December 2019

44 Young Carers enjoyed three trips over the Christmas period.  These were an outing to the Panto on Sunday 15 December to see Dick Whittington which was generously funded by Burgess Hill District Lions and the Rotary club of Burgess Hill.  We also had a Christmas bounce at Jump In on Thursday 19 December.  Finally we saw  Father Christmas at Abbeyfield Care Home and enjoyed Frozen themed craft activities.

October 2019

Burgess Hill Youth held two events in October. This was the 10th year St Paul’s Catholic College have hosted an event, this year for 35 Young Carer, providing the venue, lunch and use of minibus for free, for which we are very grateful. We enjoyed lots of activities including bushcraft, arts and crafts, a visit from HugABugPenny made for an interesting day! We had lots of volunteers supporting the event including Burgess Hill District Lions and Crossroads Care South Central plus a team of Young Leaders participating in the Lions Young Leader programme. The second event was at Abbeyfield Care Home where 14 young carers enjoyed arts and crafts and then did trick or treating activities with the residents. Abbeyfield generously provided an afternoon tea too. Thanks to Burgess Hill Girls school for the loan of a minibus and a volunteer driver, and to all staff at Abbeyfield.

Summer 2019

4 outings were held over the summer period to include a trip to Blacklands Farm, Urban Jump in Heathfield, Bushcraft Summer Fun at Bedelands Nature Reserve and a trip to the circus at Abbeyfield Care Home. All the events were very successful and were attended by a total of 50 young carers aged 6-14 years.

May 2019

21 young carers attended the 70th event and enjoyed a lunch at the Mustard Seed Cafe then we returned back for a range of activities including bushcraft activities with fire lighting, chocolate bread making and smores. We also enjoyed keyring making, bag making, cake decorating and sports. Everyone had an enjoyable afternoon!

Easter 2019

There was an outing to Fishers Farm and to Clip & Climb for Easter Adventures – all attendees had great fun!

February & March 2019

32 Young Carers came to the event in February and enjoyed lots of activities including making cushions & bags, decorating cakes, table tennis and a visit from Tomfoolery who performed his amazing magic show. The Mustard Seed Cafe provided a fantastic lunch and also covered the cost of the event – Burgess Hill Youth are very grateful for this contribution to our activities.

In March we had a second outing to Jump In Fun for a silly inflatable time and a lovely tea party afterwards!

Photograph of young carer at event

Photograph of young carer at event

Photograph of young carer at event

Photograph of young carer at event