Jack Petchey Awards for our Young Carers

In 2023, Young Carers at Enfield Carers Centre voted for their Jack Petchey Achievement Award Winners.

We are incredibly proud of our Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners from 2023 who had their ceremony on Thursday 25th April 2024. Congratulations to Pedro, James, and Ephraim – well deserved!

In April, Pedro was nominated by his peers for being very funny and approachable.

One young carer commented that Pedro kept them company on a trip and had been very kind and welcoming to them.

Pedro always gives 100%, is very friendly and welcoming to new young carers, always has a smile on his face, and is a great conversationalist.

Pedro is an avid photographer, and helped other young carers on a photography workshop to achieve their potential.

In June, Ephraim was nominated, after only attending our centre for a few months.

He quickly became a key part of our community. On his first activity with us, Ephraim brought his enthusiasm to creating a rap and instantly befriended many of our young carers.

He easily makes friends and our young carers really enjoy spending time with Ephraim – he is very approachable and easy to talk to.

Our young carers nominated Ephraim for making them smile and ‘bringing light’ to others. One young carer commented that they really respected Ephraim for giving his all no matter what.

In October, James was nominated by his peers for ‘being a great guy’, very funny, and very kind. A young person attending our activities for the first time said that James was very welcoming and kind. James has a unique sense of humour that engages others. He naturally helps new young carers assimilate, and fit in with everyone, and it would not occur to him, not to do so. He is very helpful, and provides help subtly, without seeking credit. The young carers gravitate around him, and they all have fun when they are together.

Hear This Very Talented Musician

Our Young Carers are all incredibly talented.

Please listen to the sensational Sammie-Jo singing ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’.

Jack Petchey Awards for our Young Carers in Previous Years

EyPIC is supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation, where our Young Carers can nominate each other to be recognised for an outstanding achievement; if this is successful, the Young Carer is awarded with £300 that they can spend, in a manner of their choosing, to support the EyPIC project. Previous awards have been spent on arts & crafts equipment, a Nintendo Switch and a trip to ‘Go Jump In’.

Although Young Carers can access support from our EyPIC Team, there are numerous occasions when they have opportunities to support us too.

Some of our Young Carers have taken part in the London Youth Leadership Programme, where they successfully put in a pitch to create a Zine, to give insights into the life of a young carer. For their efforts they were awarded the full amount available, £700, from the London Youth Panel.

Some of our amazing Young Carers from Chace Community School, raised £1000 for the project by competing against other groups in their year to deliver a presentation about EyPIC. We were very proud when they won!

Our Young Carers are not just offered social activities and support by us. We also offer them the opportunity to develop skills and recognise their potential. Whether this is helping them develop workplace skills by offering work experience and tips on CV writing, making them think about the positive impact that they and their peers make, or encouraging them to participate in Youth Leadership projects; we do support Young Carers, because everyone needs help now and again, but we prefer to empower them because they are an incredible bunch!

First Give have made a short film from an assembly in which some of Enfield Carers Centre’s Young Carers star. Two of the Young Carers staff represent the centre and the work we do.

Keeping it Wild

Previously, a group of Young Carers were involved with London Youth’s ‘Keeping It Wild’ project, a social action programme providing opportunities for young people to engage in conservation about the environment and how to raise awareness with young people on environmental issues.