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.