This year's festival is from Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July at YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Botley, Southampton.

This year is our 18th Birthday at YCF so we will be celebrating all over the weekend with cakes, fairground rides, live bands, dancing and so much more!!  This is one not to be missed.......watch this space for more details!!

You will find all the relevant information in the booking pack which contains details of pricing, booking deadline and all information for the weekend itself.  The booking form, expectations form and consent form need to be completed by a Young Carers project and returned to ycf@ymca-fg.org or faxed to 01489 798936 to make your booking. Please note that young carers must come as part of a Young Carers project.

There is also an information pack with some ideas of how you can fundraise for your project to attend - please note this was written a while ago and correct at the time of print,  so do double check if some of these opportunities are still available. 

Please also find attached a document outlining a consultation which we would love you to carry out with your group. We are really keen for as many young people to input into the festival plans, so there are some key questions we would love answered. There are some suggestions for how to carry this out with your group, but feel free to be as creative as you like. Please send any feedback from young people to Luella.goold@childrenssociety.org.uk by 24th February.

If you have any enquiries regarding bookings etc, please contact YMCA Fairthorne Group directly by emailing ycf@ymca-fg.org

We hope you can make YCF 2017, and look forward to welcoming you in June.


What is the young carers festival?

The Young Carers Festivals, run by YMCA Fairthorne Manor in partnership with The Children’s Society, are part of the process of recognising, informing and consulting with young carers in order to better meet the needs of them and their families.

Since the first Young Carers Festival in 2000 when 600 young carers arrived at YMCA Fairthorne Manor in Hampshire, the festival has grown, with up to 1800 young carers now attending every year.

The festivals provide the young people with the opportunity to have fun, relax, socialise and have their voices heard about issues that affect them. The outcomes from participatory consultations inform future work and are communicated to the government.

Over the years, YMCA Fairthorne Manor, in partnership with The Children’s Society, have consulted with young people on a range of issues including education, health, social care and whole family support.


Watch the 2016 YCF video!