Young Carers win Citizens of the Year awards


Two Young Carers from Community First New Forest Young Carers Project have been recognised for their community spirit in the face of adversity, winning Citizens of the Year awards for New Milton.

Michael, age 10 and Adelaide, age 16 were nominated by Young Carers Coordinator Marie Shotbolt – “We think all of our Young Carers are stars – they all do so much to help others – but Michael and Adelaide really go that extra mile. They are both so good at encouraging new people to join in with our activities and making them feel included.  We are so pleased for them both that their efforts have been recognised and rewarded like this.”

Both young people have substantial caring responsibilities but have remained cheerful and become active members of the Young Carer community helping more nervous Young Carers feel welcome and going out of their way to help them settle in to the group.

Michael was surprised on the night  “I didn’t know why I was here and I was so surprised when they read my name out. I felt quite emotional!” Adelaide was also in shock “It’s been an amazing night and so lovely to get the award. I am so flattered that Young Carers nominated me.”

The awards on 24 May were organised by New Milton Town Partnership and supported by the Rotary to acknowledge the contribution of young people in the town. The photo shows Michael and Adelaide with their awards and Debbie Nottage who is Chair of New Milton Rotary.

New Forest Young Carers currently work with over 200 vulnerable Young Carers and their families across the New Forest, providing support, advice and activities.

For more information, please contact Marie on 01425 482773, or visit  You can also find us – and like us – on Facebook – New Forest Young Carers, and follow us on Twitter –  @NF_Youngcarers



What We Do

The Young Carers we support are children between the ages of 7 and 18 with a caring responsibility for a family member.  This could be anything from a Mum with MS, a Dad with bipolar or a brother with Autism and behavioural problems.   Because of this our Young Carers miss out on a regular childhood and can become very lonely having to stay at home rather than go out to play with friends. Very often because of the health problems of their parents, the family income will be substantially lower than other families meaning there’s no spare money for treats and trips, and sometimes even the basics the rest of us take for granted.
This is where we step in to try and give our Young Carers the opportunity to be a child and to help families access services that can make their lives easier. 

How we help you
We work with Young Carers and their families to personalise the support we give them.  This may include

  • One-to-one work
  • School support
  • Trips and activities
  • Signposting other useful services and support agencies

What does it cost?
There is no charge for our Young Carers Service although there may be some costs involved with some of our activities and trips.

Where we provide the service
This service is provided across the New Forest District.
Community First New Forest (CFNF) is a Council for Voluntary Service supporting the voluntary and community sector across the New Forest District.  CFNF provides a range of support services that aim to make a difference towards quality of life. It works at the forefront of community development, supporting and promoting the sustainable development of the local voluntary and community sector.   CFNF offers practical advice, support and information on best practice to local voluntary and community groups, advice on funding and much more. Its support services seek to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the New Forest district. These include amongst others:

  • Transport services
  • Emergency short-term accommodation for homeless people
  • Providing support to vulnerable children, young people and families including a young carer initiative
  • Recruiting and training volunteers
  • Support and advice to voluntary and community groups

CFNF works towards removing barriers to social inclusion by working with communities and individuals who may be socially disadvantaged, vulnerable and isolated. By building relationships, fostering partnerships and delivering quality services, Community First New Forest aims to improve quality of life and assist in the development of diverse, strong communities. For further information visit

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