Youth Connexions Hertfordshire youth worker wins award at the 2017 Young Carers Conference
23 February 2017
A senior Youth Connexions Hertfordshire youth worker in the Welwyn Hatfield district, won an award for Best Group Worker at the Young Carers Conference on 16 February for her work with young carers in the district.
Tracy Lee was nominated for the award by the young people she works with who wanted to say thank you for making a real difference to their lives.
The annual conference is run by Carers in Hertfordshire and the charity’s Young Carers Council. It gives young people with a caring responsibility the chance to meet other young carers and take part in some fun activities. It’s also an opportunity for them to talk to professionals about what is important to them.
The conference was funded by BBC Children in Need and this year there was a record turnout with 90 young carers and 60 professionals working in health, education and care in attendance.
This year the first Cleveland Awards were held as part of the conference, to recognise and say thank you to people who have made a difference to the lives of young carers. The awards were named after the Young Carers Service mascot Cleveland the Cat.
Tracy works closely with Stanborough School in Welwyn Garden City to give young carers the chance to take part in activities and programmes and learn new skills.
After receiving her award, Tracy said: “I feel very humbled, young people who care for others really do without a second thought, they are inspiring. It brought a tear to my eye meeting young carers on the day and hearing they positive outlook on life when faced with adversity.”
Activities that Tracy organises are designed to give the young carers opportunities to learn new skills, make friends and, importantly, have fun and take a break from their caring responsibilities. Recently, Tracy has organised a trip to Cuffley Camp where the young people took part in fun challenges as well as learn assertiveness skills and work as part of a team.
YCH runs several projects specifically for young carers. More information can be found at:
YouthZone Saturday Project, South Oxhey
To learn more about how Carers in Hertfordshire supports children in a caring role and their families visit www.carersinherts.org.uk