‘I like the festival because it helps us have some freedom. The best bit about the festival is making new friends and having fun!!!’

‘The festival is the only day when I am not a carer and it is a nice break. Fave bit disco and opening ceremony.’ By Sarah

‘My favourite part of the festival was dancing with the rest of the group at the silent disco. I like YCF because I don’t have to worry about anything-it’s an escape from stress. I also enjoy spending time with the others.’

‘There were loads of activities (and freebies). It gives me time to have fun and relax. My favourite thing is I got a teddy (free) and doing dodgers with others.’

‘At the festival I enjoyed the disco and rides. I also enjoyed meeting others in a similar situation. I think that the festival is good because it gives young carers a chance to meet new people and have a break from caring for a few days. I also enjoyed the karaoke.’ Enya

‘My favourite bit about the Young Carers Festival 2019 was going into the Voice Zone and recording a video that might help other young carers. YCF is important to me because it gives me a break from the stress at home and it’s a chance for me to be myself rather than the girl whose mum died or the girl who cares for her step sister.’

‘The stunt guys, silent disco and spending time with friends. YCF means a lot to me because I can let it all out and be myself.’

‘My favourite part of the festival was Graham and the silent disco, as Graham has been super positive all weekend, helping the carers through the day and being an awesome guy. The disco was incredible as it gave me a chance to let loose and unwind. YCF is important to me because it gives me a mini break from most daily struggles and chores.’

‘My favourite thing about YCF 2019 was the fairground rides and the silent disco and hungry hippos game. I like the festival because I barely ever get to go to activities so it is fun to get to have fun with friends. YCF lets me talk to people I wouldn’t have talked to before and I get a break from home.’

‘My favourite part of the festival was making new friends and seeing everyone happy. It made me feel more confident because I have never done this kind of thing before.’

‘The best part of the festival was the crate challenge. We got up to 10 crates. And the stunt guys.’

Volunteer Night

We are having a Volunteer Night for people who are interested in what we do and how they might get involved.

Come for a cuppa and a chat:

Thursday 15 November 2018 7.00pm.

Please contact Connie on 07919 884273 or 01603 405328 for venue and more information


Young Carers Worker Vacancy – CLOSED

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Young Carers Worker
16 hours per week

Hourly rate: Negotiable, subject to qualifications and experience, from National Living Wage (£7.83 age 25+) / National Minimum Wage (£7.38 age 21-24) up to a maximum of £10.50.
For Job Description and Person Specification, email:

Connects is a small charity supporting Young Carers in the Norwich and Dereham areas, with an office base in Catton Grove. An opportunity has arisen to take on a fourth worker on a part time basis (maximum of 16 hours per week).

Applicants must be at least 21 and have:

  • General education to GCSE standard, including English and Maths grade C / grade 5 or above and
  • NVQ Level 2 in Youth Work or relevant equivalent; applicants not yet possessing a qualification at this level but willing and eligible to undertake the next available training course will be considered.

Other relevant but higher vocational / professional qualifications welcomed.

A full driving licence and use of a car are essential.

Management will be provided by the Project Manager and supervision by her or the Chair of trustees, as appropriate.

Applications should be in the form of a typed CV (curriculum vitae) setting out:

  • the applicant’s education, training and employment to date, with qualifications;
  • their interest in working with Young Carers and motivation for applying;
  • a self assessment of the applicant’s character, temperament and interests;
  • full address, with post code, contact telephone number and email address.

The application must be signed and dated.

Two references must be provided.  Appointment is subject to a satisfactory DBS (safeguarding) check.

The closing date for applications is 1st November 2018.  Applications should be sent in a securely sealed envelope marked ‘confidential’ to The Chair of trustees – Connects & Co Executive Committee, PO Box 3346, Norwich NR7 7GJ.


YAC Parents Group (18-25)

Connects & Co. are proud to announce the launch of the YAC Parents Group for young adults who have a caring role for a family member but are also parents themselves of babies / young children. The groups first meeting was held on 13th January 2017 and is the only group of its kind in the Country!

Meeting monthly on Wednesdays from 12.30- 2.30pm
Held at Catton Grove Community Centre
Contact Connects & Co office for more info and further dates – (01603) 405328.

We can offer crèche / child care!
Come and have a Cuppa and a Chat!

Will have treats such as :
• Massage therapies
• Hair n nail sessions
• Advice n guidance – directed by the needs of the group
• Food / tasty treats
• Social outings

Connects and Co YAC Parents Group

Connects and Co YAC Parents Group