“I enjoyed the trip. We had lots of things to do and went exploring. We saw lots of animals and bugs. It’s like we were free as we could go anywhere. I made friends with Kirsty and Charley.” We couldn’t ask for a better holiday.” – BYCAS member, 10 years old. BYCAS Kite Flying Outing
I had massages, got my hair done, went to a movie with a friend, even got my teeth sorted which made me feel a lot better and then had enough for a spa visit which made feel like I can carry on, but also feel a bit more positive and hopeful for my daughter’s future. And though I still worry a lot about my grandson, I know now that there is help out there, whereas before…I felt so alone and so responsible – Carer using the short break scheme
“I’ve never been ice skating in my life and the first time I went to the cinema was when I was 11..” (1 year later)… “I have now been to both, as well as other fun places with BYCAS!” – BYCAS member,
I have already arranged for my first break, which will be for a long weekend at a festival in August: whilst our children will share the caring role with my wife. I am also planning for a second break late in the year. Many thanks to all the team at Barnet Carers Centre – Adult Carer arranging a Carers Break
“We are writing to thank you for your involvement in the care of our parents. We have been hugely impressed by the commitment and degree of individual concern that everyone has displayed. Thank you all and keep up the good work” – Adult Carers
Who Are Barnet Young Carers and Siblings?
Barnet Young Carers and Siblings (BYCAS) is a service run by Barnet Carers Centre. We provide lots of fun activities to young people aged 5-17 who are a young carer or a sibling and living within the Borough of Barnet.
Why does BYCAS exist?
Although being a carer or sibling can be fun, rewarding and enjoyable it can also be tiring, upsetting and hard work for a young person. BYCAS exists to give these young people a break to have fun and make new friends. There are approximately 1000 young carers in Barnet so your child is in good company!