Project information

Kent Young Carers Festival

Providing Young Carers in Kent with a chance to have a break from their caring roles by spending two days, one night away from home in a group environment doing outdoor activities, team building, having fun and being children again.

August 2016 - August 2016

Charity information: Imago Community

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  • Need


    Young Carers can miss out on social activities due to their caring roles for family members who have mental health issues, drug/alcohol misuse, disabilities or long term conditions.
    They can often have lowered self-esteem, be lacking in confidence and be bullied.


    The Festival will offer the Young Carers a break from caring, a chance to meet new people, build their social networks and make friends.
    The outdoor activities will increase their physical and emotional well-being, building their resilience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Making a Difference to the lives of Children and Young People


    » To develop services which reduce isolation, provide respite and increase self-esteem.

    What success will look like

    Post event feedback and ongoing assessments of the caring roles will indicate the change made.

  • Impact


    Increased confidence, self-esteem and resilience. These in turn will assist with their school attendance and achievement and life chances.
    The Young Carers assessment scores and post-intervention/annual questionnaires will show a change over time for the roles they are taking on and how they feel about the caring roles.


    Young Carers may be unable to attend the Festival at short notice if the cared for person is unwell. A waiting list of Young Carers ready to attend will be held and called upon if needed.


    Online write up and photographs (where permissions grant) showing the Young Carers taking part in the Festival.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,452

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,203 venue accommodation, food, activities for 92 Young Carers and 15 staff/volunteers
      £1,160 transport transport to get to/from the festival
      £1,089 staffing/volunteers DBS checks and volunteer expenses. sessional staff costs for overnight

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Ivy and Jane Foundation £3,500 Guaranteed
    Bowles Grant £2,000 Guaranteed
    Maidstone Rotary Club £175 Guaranteed
    Oasis Dentist £95 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The event is for Young Carers from across Kent. There are over 4,000 registered with the service. The ages being invited to apply for a place are 9-17 year olds.


    92 Young Carers.
    15 staff/volunteers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    With over 4,000 Young Carers being supported via Chill Clubs, in-school support groups, 1:1 support and activities the Young Carers Support Coordinators know the children they are working with and who would benefit most from attending.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Young Carers Support Coordinators

    The team will be there to support, encourage and motivate the Young Carers whilst at the Festival.

    Volunteer Team

    The volunteers from local businesses will provide extra pairs of eyes and ears to provide attention to the Young Carers and encouragement.