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.


Volunteering at the Festival

The volunteering we require is as follows and as you can see, we have some other volunteering opportunities available (please note, we do ask our volunteers to be 16+ in age and if under 18 that they are accompanied by an adult at all times):

The Children’s Society Volunteering

  • Friday from 1pm – this will be setting up and possibly involvement in the opening ceremony but details of this are yet to be finalised.
  • Saturday – morning, afternoon or all day – this will be working directly with the young people from craft making to helping on a consultation.  Please indicate on the form if there is an area you would prefer to be involved in and also inform us of any skills you have, i.e. a particular craft making skill.
  • Sunday – morning – this is just generally clearing up and possibly getting involved in the closing ceremony but details of this are yet to be finalised. 

YMCA Volunteering

If you are interested in any of the following volunteering, I will pass your details onto YMCA who will contact you directly.

  • Friday from 1pm – various setting up duties as required by YMCA staff
  • Friday and Saturday night patrol - Another piece of volunteering we are asking for this year is to patrol the site throughout the night.  This will of course be done in pairs or in groups and will be organised and directed by YMCA Fairthorne. 
  • Sunday – afternoon – YMCA would like people to stay on and clear up litter and collect tent pegs if possible.

YMCA Fairthorne desperately need more volunteers throughout the weekend for things like serving food, litter picking etc so please let me know if you or anyone else would like to do this, even if it’s only for a few hours.

If you are interested, please complete the attached form and return it to the address or email at the bottom of the form by Friday 30th March.


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!