Lots of people are involved in making the group run. Here are some of them.
Jo took over running the Young Carers group sessions in early 2020 just before everything shut down due to the Covid pandemic. In her own words – I am an experienced Playworker, that likes to encourage and inspire our young people to achieve and do well in a safe playing environment
My name is Jane. I am married and have three teenage children. I work as a school science technician and previously worked as a secondary school teaching assistant. I’ve been amongst children, personally and in a working capacity, for many years and I love it. I like arts and crafts, reading, animals and being outdoors.
Natalya joined Young Carers’ Crew after a 4-year break from the sports industry. She missed the energy that young people bring. Natalya is also a holistic therapist, and shares the importance of relaxation through cooking, engaging in sport and having a good chat.
Anna has been a group volunteer since 2017 and a trustee since 2020. She has a background in psychology and works in the toy industry as a researcher, specialising in child development through play. At group sessions Anna enjoys doing arts and crafts, as it gives her a great opportunity to chat with the young people and encourage them to explore their creativity.
By day, Kayleigh is a young chemistry research apprentice at GSK, studying towards a bachelors degree. By (every other Thursday) night, she enjoys supporting and volunteering at Young Carers’ Crew to bring enthusiasm, fun and (sometimes science-based) activities to the sessions.
Helen joined Young Carers Crew in 2012. Having started as a Group Volunteer (when she enjoyed helping the young carers develop their cooking skills –yum!!), she went on to become the Group Secretary and a Trustee—positions she still holds. She is proud to be part of this fantastic team, all working together to support our young carers.