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HIWCF / NHS Covid-19 Fund

I bring some excellent news that our organisation has been awarded the Covid-19 NHS Fund, through the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation. This fund has enabled us to be able to support our most vulnerable families at this present time. We have been able to offer further support outside our normal working remit. Since receiving the grant we have extended our working hours to cover evenings and weekends,  in the process of recruiting further volunteers to help with our new befriending scheme and are in the process of purchasing a laptop to support our team with zoom meetings and calls etc.

To date we have supported 5 vulnerable families, whom have very complex needs and have been self isolating due to receiving a government letter. This has involved staff undertaking prescription collections, collecting food bank parcels and supporting them over the phone or zoom.

A family we have supported has said the following to us: “Hello the young Carers team, I just have a few things I would like to say, and all credit and recognition to you all… you have been so helpful and supportive to not just the young carers, but the siblings and their parents too. Some people have no idea what you all do in the background getting the young Carers to be able to meet etc the help they need and what this entails the funding the referrals so much more,  if it was not for you guys my son would not have the help and support he needs and myself either,  my (son) and I would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts to you all and even more so for all you have done and continue to do since the lock down I don’t mind admitting my mental health could have escalated to the extreme and it’s you guys who have supported and kept me well Thank you ?? so so much x “

This really proves that this fund has helped us de escalate the need for further support from the NHS. I am hopeful as we go through the next few weeks we will receive even more feedback and will be able to report that we have supported 100+ young carers, siblings and their parents as individuals. With the recruitment and training of further volunteers we will be in a position to prevent the influx of new patients had we not of intervened utilising this fund.

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Befriender for our orgainisation please complete the volunteer application form by clicking on the link below:

You can keep up to date on our services by visiting our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram Pages.

Ed Ives-Wara
Chief Executive


Play Day – Tuesday 6th August 2019

Dear all, and please please share. We are excited to announce the poster for our upcoming Play Day! Tuesday 6th August 2019 at Stratton Park, Basingstoke. We have lots of exciting activities taking place for the whole family. We have Miller’s Ark Farm, Vocalskills Choirs BasingstokeBasingstoke Hockey ClubBasingstoke Rugby ClubPop Up Play Village UK, Bubble Making, Story Telling, Baby Play, Arts N Crafts, Kempshott Village Hall teas and coffees, Ice Cream and Slush Puppies, Sweet Stall, The Peppered Pig Bar & Grill, lots of play opportunities and much much more!! The event is open to everyone! This event is funded and supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and the Basingstoke Children, Young People & Families Team . We look forward to seeing you. Entry and parking is free, most activities are free, however some are at a small fee. All paid for stalls are raising money for Basingstoke and District Young Carers

YCF 2019

YCF 2019 – Thats a wrap.

What an amazing weekend!. 28 Young Carers from Basingstoke & District Young Carers attended the Young Carers Festival at the YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Cudridge between Friday 30th June and 2nd July 2019. They joined over 2000 other young carers from across the United Kingdom. The weather was extremely hot but this did not stop the young carers from enjoying themselves. Friday night, 2000 young carers watched the sky light up with the opening fireworks followed by a band and fairground rides. Water activities were most popular on Saturday followed by a Silent Disco.

A water fight started down at the river, followed by a cooling off session in the recently brought paddling pool. There were lots of activities for the young carers to do in the voice zone and mini activities scattered across the site. The BBQ food for lunch was a brilliant addition along with the chill out zone in the woodlands where you could cool off.

Basingstoke & District Young Carers are now raising funds to be able to take another 30 Young Carers to next years festival. If you would like to donate please get in contact.