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Project information

Holt Youth Project - North Norfolk Young Carers

Children and young people’s well-being is often affected by the burden of looking after family members in a caring role. Our project supports young carers, providing respite time for those who find themselves in a caring role in their home environment.


Charity information: Ormiston Families

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  • Need


    The BBC estimate that there are around 700,000 young carers in the UK; 1500 in Norfolk. Young carers experience negative impacts across various aspects of life, including personal problems, social issues, poor health, poor educational attainment and reduced levels of employment.
    68% of young carers are known to be bullied at school, 45% declare some kind of mental health issue and 50% are more likely to have educational needs or illness that keeps them from school.


    Our interventions provide 1:1 support, mentoring, activities, programmes and social interaction with others in a caring role. We provide the carers with opportunities for personal development; in self-respect, self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience and enabling them to enhance their future prospects. We give children who have had to ‘grow up too fast’ the opportunity to experience fun and to enjoy their youth.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To gain a sense of identity away from caring role and interact with their peers.


    » We hold group activities around subjects such as: healthy lifestyles / cooking; arts and crafts; staying safe; community volunteering etc.

    What success will look like

    We will reach 36 young carers with activities. We gain feedback from service users on their well-being and satisfaction before/after interventions.

    Aim 2

    To alleviate issues and symptoms around mental health problems.


    » We provide 1:1 mentoring to give support and advice to young carers, ensuring they feel valued and the whole family feels supported.

    What success will look like

    We will see a decrease in number of young carers that are experiencing emergent mental health issues, gathering data from service user questionnaires.

  • Impact


    We will reach more young carers and promote a better awareness of the issues they face; it is estimated that only half of young carers are recognised as such and receive help. This awareness stretches to the wider community, for example with teachers. We would look to see an increase in number of service users, number of direct interventions and an increase in the % of service users reporting a positive experience. Feedback sought will extend to professionals, to capture their growing awareness


    A potential risk could be not promoting effectively enough, in a way that will reach young people. To mitigate this risk, we will utilise our social media access along with our wider connections with media sources in general to promote the service. By empowering young people we already work with, they will feel confident in raising the profile to their peers, securing service user involvement in the service.


    Incorporated into activities will be a young carers video blog, where service users film snippets about their time on project. These will be uploaded to social media platforms and shared with donors quickly and easily at minimum cost.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Activity materials Materials necessary to undertake activities, e.g. cooking ingredients, art supplies etc.
      £300 Toys and equipment For example, balls, bats, board games etc for the younger members of the young carers group
      £1,000 Food and refreshments Crisps, fruits, snacks, tea, coffee, juices etc to be provided when attending groups
      £1,000 Staff training To provide training to those staff undertaking 1:1 interventions
      £300 Volunteer costs To cover the costs of involving volunteers in the running of the project
      £1,100 Travel Contribute towards the cost of travel for staff and volunteers. Holt is a rural location.
      £300 Printing Printing, photocopying etc that needs to be done both for the activities and the promotion of them
  • Background


    Holt has a population of 3,810 and is an affluent area of North Norfolk, which can cause issues, (rural isolation and disparity with areas of deprivation). Holt is the seat of Gresham's School, a long-established public school. Ormiston has strong links here, with the school providing much support, including fundraising events supported by school alumni. The Holt Summer Festival is an arts festival that runs for a week each summer; a number of service users volunteer at this event.


    Young carers are our main beneficiaries. Our project enables them to; spend ‘me time’; feel more valued; gain sense of identity; receive advice and mentoring; enjoy their youth and interact with other young carers. We ensure the whole family feels supported. Young carers tend to be from lower income families; we provide services they wouldn’t have access to otherwise. We are benefiting the wider community, helping to broaden future horizons and to have a better chance of meaningful employment.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 32 years of experience in providing children and young people focused, community based support in Norfolk. We have specialist knowledge of supporting young people from challenging backgrounds. Holt Youth Project is recognised as highly successful; the project has received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the High Sheriff Award and was chosen by HRH Prince of Wales as the only charity across Norfolk to attend a reception at Sandringham House.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Allan Myatt - Operations Director

    Allan has over 25 years’ experience of working in the voluntary youth sector and has helped to establish three other youth charities.

    Zina Bourne - Services Director

    Zina has spent most of her career in social care, specialising in Children and Young People services for the past 18 years.

    The Rt Hon Norman Lamb, Member Of Parliament For North Norfolk

    Norman is a high profile, influential supporter of the Holt Youth Project, often quoted as saying “Everywhere should have a Holt Youth Project."

    Mike Allison, Local Mental Health Practitioner

    Mike refers children to us when mainstream services can’t provide the right support; “I was and still remain very impressed by this project”.