Honeypot Young Carers

Wed 4th October 2017 at 7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

October 2017's speaker night featured an inspiring and enthusiastic talk by Viv Carter of Honeypot. Click Details below to find out more.

Speaker night with Viv Carter

Our speaker night with Viv Carter

This year, Four Marks and Medstead Rotary members are devoting much of their fundraising to a 'hidden problem' in our local communities by supporting young carers - children and young people who have the responsibility of caring for an adult family member or a sibling. Rotary President Sally Duncan chose for her charity of the year the East Hampshire charity Kings Arms who take time to support these children. Another charity supporting local young carers is The Honeypot Children's Charity, which has a holiday centre in the New Forest providing respite for young carers. The centre has provided breaks for 4,000 youngsters since it opened, mostly from Hampshire and the south. Viv Carter of Honeypot (pictured below left, with Sally on the right) told members that children as young as five have care responsibilities for sick parents, with some providing as much as 50 hours of care a week on top of their school attendance. Honeypot House in the New Forest has welcomed 132 children for breaks over the summer holidays. She said that one survey suggested that there could be as many as 700,000 young carers in the UK.

Her enthusiastic and frank discussion was an inspiration to all of us. We hope to be able to draw the attention of The Kings Arms to this facility and raise funds to send some of the children there. Once a child has visited Honeypot, they are not forgotten. There are regular visits by the Honeypot bus which travels around the south with the aim of providing more childhood fun and memories for children that might otherwise lack these things.

Details of Honeypot and their work

The Honeypot Children's Charity's vision is for every child to make the most of their one chance at childhood. The charity works to enhance the lives of young carers and vulnerable children aged 5 รข€“ 12 years old and is the only charity in the UK to provide respite breaks and on-going outreach support throughout a child's formative years. The majority of children Honeypot supports are young carers, who work incredibly hard to provide care and emotional support for a loved one. Honeypot also supports vulnerable children, who may have witnessed domestic violence, experienced homelessness or live in extremely deprived areas. We give these young children a break from demanding and stressful responsibilities at home and provide a safe, nurturing environment where these children can develop their full potential.

Children come to Honeypot House, just outside Exbury in the New Forest, or to Honeypot Pen y Bryn, Mid-Wales, to take a break alongside their peers. Activities such as riding a bike, learning to swim, going on a trip to the beach are often experienced for the very first time. Most importantly, the Honeypot Children's Charity gives children the chance to be children.

At Honeypot House, we support around 1000 young carers and vulnerable children from across the South of England and London a year, with over 50% of these being Hampshire based. We rely totally on donations to provide the high quality of service to the children referred to us as we receive no government funding. Therefore any support or donations we receive are truly valued and contribute to providing a Honeypot child with a break from their caring responsibilities or issues at home, allowing them the chance to enjoy normal childhood activities with friends and create memories they can cherish.