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.
A young carer is someone who cares for another member of their household, who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability (including SEND), a mental health problem or addiction. The care may include cooking, cleaning or providing emotional support. We also believe it is a young person whose life is impacted due to the needs of another member of the household and although they may not actively partake in the general care of that person, they may miss out on thing their peers would normally be doing.
Please contact Kayleigh at Burgess Hill Town Council on Kayleigh@burgesshill.gov.uk if you require further information.
The next fun day will be on Tuesday 9th April, to be emailed directly when bookings open, please complete the annual permission form here annual permission form, if you haven’t done so already -this form only needs completing once until 31st July 2024.
Young carers events 2024
On Tuesday 13 February the young carers worked with Tom to create name boards using paint pens. The children displayed amazing creativity and produced some wonderful work! They then headed to the Mustard Seed Cafe for a tasty lunch, which was kindly funded by Co-op Kings Weald & Hurstpierpoint stores. After lunch the young carers went back to the club for fun and games.
The young carers attended the Burgess Hill Theatre Club production of Aladdin, at Burgess Hill Academy in January. The young carers thoroughly enjoyed the trip, which was kindly funded by Burgess Hill District Lions, and Burgess Hill and District Rotary. They also all received a chocolate selection box thanks to Burgess Hill Youth.
Young carers events 2023
On Wednesday 20th December the Young Carers visited Westall House for some Christmas fun! The children, and residents alike, had a lovely time doing crafts, playing games, and even had a sing along. A yummy tea was provided with a gift bag for every child. Burgess Hill Youth gifted each young carers with a chocolate selection box too!
Our thanks go to Westall House for inviting us, Burgess Hill Girls for the use of their minibus, and to Fred our driver who got thoroughly involved with the activities too!
On Tuesday 24 October the young carers enjoyed Halloween themed activities including decorating cakes, biscuits and marshmallow cakes. There were some fantastic creepy creations and the children took their treats home to share with their families. The young carer also enjoyed a short walk to The Mustard Seed Café for lunch, which was kindly made free of charge by the team there.
The older young carers and their friends spent a fabulous weekend at PGL Windmill Hill, organised by Burgess Hill Youth. The group tried a variety of activities, from raft building to problem solving and had a great time learning new skills. Ian MacDonald assisted Jackie Cooper in accompanying the group and transport was kindly supplied by Mr Rowlands at Woodlands Meed.
The young carers were invited to Westhall House, in Horsted Keynes, on Monday to spend some time participating in activities with the residents there. They were treated to a science workshop where they made slime and sherbet, as well as a bag of science themed goodies to take home!
Transport was kindly supplied by Burgess Hill Girls, who granted Burgess Hill Youth with the use of a minibus and volunteer driver for the afternoon.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit and we look forwards to returning in the future!
Our thanks goes to Lynn at Westhall House, Paul our driver and to Burgess Hill Girls.
The Young Carers joined the Action in Rural Sussex team in West Park Reserve for the fun day on 25 July, as part of their Lost Woods Project. The young carers got involved with den building, woodland crafts and bug hunting, amongst other woodland activities. Then they headed for lunch, kindly made free of charge by the team at the Mustard Seed Café, and some more games in the church grounds. A great day was had by all and thankfully there was only a little of sprinkling of rain!
The young carers made willow ‘lantern’ flowers at the fun day on Tuesday 30 May, which will be part of the Summer Fayre parade in Burgess Hill on 25 June. Some of the children also made fabric bags with Kim, who brought her sewing machine along for the children to use. The young carers also enjoyed lunch at the Mustard Seed Café which was kindly supplied free of charge.
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.