Events and training

We run conferences and events for professionals working with young carers and their families across the country and in Hampshire. We also provide bespoke training and support.

For more information about our events and trainings please contact us.

Young Carers in Focus (YCiF) Champion Initial Training Conference 

Over the course of the programme, the YCiF team will work directly with over 200 Young Carer Champions across England to deliver this aim, as well as reaching out to all young carers across the country through Makewaves, a safe social networking site.

Champions will be supported to raise public awareness and promote positive attitudes towards young carers, family illness and disability and to influence local and national systems to deliver support through standardised identification, whole family assessment and services to reduce the number of families relying on children to provide inappropriate levels of care.

Champions start by attending one of the initial Champions Training Conference which are:

Friday 30th May - Saturday 31st May at Kingswood Centre, Grosvenor Hall, Kennington, ASHFORD, Kent, TN25 4AJ


Friday 18th July - Saturday 19th July at The Kingswood Centre, Dearne Valley, Denaby Main, Doncaster DN12 4EA

(Please note, all accommodation, food, and travel are paid for by us for both the young people and staff member attending.  This is a training event not an activity-based residential)

The Conference will include workshops and sessions to enable the Champions to not only build self-esteem and confidence but will equip them with skills around media, leadership, relaxation, and interviewing. We ask that a minimum of one project worker/service worker attend with their champions to support them.

If you have any young people aged 10-25 who you believe would benefit from becoming a young carers champion, and someone who is passionate about getting their voice heard then please let me know, Luella Moody, Participation Worker on 01962 711511 or email! We offer places for 3-4 champions per project/service as we require a geographical spread across England.

Making a step change for Young Carers and their Families: Prevention, Intervention and Partnership

Capacity Building Days

Funded by the Department for Education, Carers Trust and The Children’s Society are running eight FREE events nationally that build on the success of their previous programmes; Building the Practice: Building the Evidence and Prevention through Partnership (PTP). These events will provide attendees with the opportunity to:

  • Strengthen understanding of importance of whole family working linked to  current and emerging guidance. 
  • Improve understanding and engagement  with hidden groups
  • Improve joint working: using the content of 2012 Memorandum of Understanding, 2010 HMG carers’ strategy and TLAP to help build local models of practice and next steps for whole family approach*. 
  • Be updated on the latest guidance and legislation and more

“successful local partnerships depend on the building of constructive relationships and a shared vision around what we are trying to do”  

Working Together To Support Young Carers And Their Families: A Template for a Local Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] between Statutory Directors for Children’s Services and Adult Social Services, 2012

Who should attend:-

The events will prove invaluable for Practitioners and Managers involved in

  • Adult social care, including mental health teams and DAAT
  • Children’s Services
  • Education Professionals  
  • Health (inc public Health) and Housing 
  • Voluntary sector professionals working with young carers and families

We have five more capacity building events planned in England for 2014-2015:

Winchester - Ashburton Hall, The Castle, Sussex Street, SO23 8UJ - 12th May 2014

Leeds – Venue to be advised - 10th June 2014

Oxford - Venue to be advised - 23rd September 2014

Birmingham - Venue to be advised - 7th October 2014

London - Venue to be advised - 10th February 2015

Download a booking form to find out more

Focused Training Days

Funded by the Department for Education, Carers Trust and The Children’s Society are running two FREE comphrehensive training days nationally in Manchester and London, focussing on current issues facing young carers and their families today.

Whole Family Approach:*

These events will provide you with the extra knowledge you need to identify, engage, and work effectlively with young carers and their families.  They will focus on four key areas; young carers affected by Parental Substance Misuse, young carers affected by HIV, young carers affected by Parental Mental Ill Health and providing Culturally Inclusive Services for young carers and their families.  The day will be split between a joint morning presentation and an afternoon in-depth workshop of your choice, which will focus on one of the four specialised areas.

Aim of the Day:

To share learning and practice, to enable services to indentify and support young carers providing information, resources and practice guidance.  To raise awareness of and to better understand specific issues raised by young carers and their families such as stigma and disclosure.  These events are informed by our learning and resources and will include both national and local practice.

Please find the last event of the 2014-2015 Calendar below.

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Young carers celebrate as children’s minister announces million pound funding boost

Young carers from across England are celebrating news of a £1.2 million funding boost to improve local support for young carers and their families. Yesterday’s announcement (Tuesday 26 February) by Edward Timpson MP, Minister for Children and Families, comes as 30 children, whose daily lives are dramatically affected by caring for family members, met with professionals to celebrate the achievements of an innovative young carer project.  Find out more on The Children's Society or Carers Trust websites. and Health and Social Care Reformalso reported this story

How to attend an event 

To register your interest or to request an invitation is sent to your manager or commission, please contact us.