Best of the Fest!
As we sadly had to cancel our Scottish Young Carers Festival this year, we wanted to make sure we could still bring Festival Fun to you at home!
Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe FitzPatrick MSP welcomes young carers to our online Festival, “Best of the Fest!”
Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP wishes young carers well at our online event, encouraging 16 – 18 year olds to find out more about the Young Carer Grant!
At our online Festival, we welcomed lots of different organisations to deliver cool workshops over Zoom. As not everyone could make it along, we have saved fun activities and video tutorials for you to enjoy in your own time! Have fun exploring these below!
Adventure Circus is bringing the circus to your home! Click the link to try exciting activities and challenges!
Billy the Magician!
Billy Reid shares some magic tricks you can try out on your friends and family!
Magic Torch Comics!
Check out Magic Torch Comics with lots of comics to read and download for free!
Creating your own comic? Download these resources to help get you started:
Yoga helps us to care for the most important asset we have; our body. Follow Courtney’s Yoga YouTube channel for lots of classes you can do at home!
Join Potter Around for a step by step guide to create your own Monet painting!
Send Potter Around a photo of your painting and they will pick a winner to come and do some pottery with them later in the year!
Join Cool Creatures for an exotic animal information session! Get up close on camera to some cool creatures like Mr Snuffles!
Dance along with Bounce Studios to learn some superstar dance moves to show off to your family and friends!
Scottish Youth Parliament: Climate Action!
What small steps can you take to combat climate change? SYP’s Ecological Handprint is a useful tool to help focus on the positive actions we can take to benefit our world!
Sign up for Young Scot Membership to access online discounts as well as exclusive Rewards and opportunities. Complete activities to earn points then enter to win or claim Rewards including online vouchers, phone top-ups, subscriptions and more. Rewards change regularly so there’s always something new to discover! You can also have your voice heard on important topics and submit questions to experts through surveys and online Q&A sessions.
Young Carers Package
The Young Carers Package is a special bundle of treats available to all young carers, aged 11-18 in Scotland. It's filled with special treats to help young carers make the most of their free time and support them in their caring role. Best of all, it's completely free! Rewards range from subscriptions and phone top-ups to high street e-vouchers.
Sounds great! How do I sign up?
If you're aged 12 or over, you can access the package by signing up for Young Scot Membership. Once you're signed up, you can register for the Young Carers Package and access your treats!
Unfortunately, those aged 11 can't sign up for Young Scot Membership at present, due to data protection laws. However, you can fill out this simple form to access an offline version of the Young Carers Package. As soon as you turn 12, you'll be able to register for full access to the package.
Young Carer Grant
The Young Carer Grant is a yearly payment of £305.10 in 2020/2021 for young carers in Scotland.
To be able to get the Young Carer Grant, you must be 16 - 18 years old and caring for someone who gets a disability benefit for around 16 hours each week. This includes helping around the house, providing emotional support or making sure someone takes their medication. How you spend the Young Carer Grant is up to you. You could use it for things like some new clothes or a subscription to a music or video streaming service. You do not need to tell Social Security Scotland what you spend the money on.
Scottish Youth Parliament
The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people. Our vision for Scotland is of a nation that actively listens to and values the meaningful participation of its young people. Our goal is to make this vision a reality, in order to ensure young people in Scotland grow up loved, safe and respected, and able to realise their full potential.
Members of Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) are elected by Scotland’s young people to represent their views to decision-makers. We run a national campaign every year on an issue that matters to Scotland’s young people, such as looking after our mental health or protecting the environment. If you’re aged 12-25 and living in Scotland, SYP want to hear from you so that we can make the changes young people wish to see!
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is a national charity that supports anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use in Scotland. They give information and advice to many people and help them with confidence, communication, general wellbeing, and we link them into local support. They also help people recognise and understand the importance of looking after themselves.
When they say family, they mean who you see as your family. It could be close and extended family members, friends, your friend’s family, colleagues, neighbours, anyone.
Check out the new guide that Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs worked with Alcohol Focus developed for young people affected during COVID.
My Rights, My Say
My Rights, My Say supports children in Scotland aged 12-15 with additional support needs to exercise their rights to be involved in decisions about their support in school. It’s independent, confidential, easy to use, and supports children to speak up about what they need to learn.
Reach helps you understand children’s rights so you can be supported and involved in decisions. This gives young people an equal chance to flourish in their education. Check out our 5 Top Tips for Young Carers to support your wellbeing and learning.
With more caring responsibilities and less help during the coronavirus crisis, it may have been difficult to keep up with school work. A lot of young people have struggled with home learning in the last few months. Teachers understand how hard it has been. Looking ahead, you might find some of the advice on the Reach website about learning and support during and after coronavirus helpful.
Reach have moved their training programme online.