Community First New Forest

Contact us on: 01425 482773

Ringwood Good Neighbours group are urgently in need of some help

The group aren’t able to continue running without the support of volunteer coordinators. If you have a few hours to spare a month, would you be able to help co-ordinating the befriending scheme in the BH24 area?

This is a varied and interesting role which includes:

  • Helping to ensure training needs of volunteers are met
  • Assess clients and match them with a befriender
  • Listening and supporting the volunteers regarding their befriending role
  • Deal with volunteer expenses
  • Compile a list of local activities and support groups for the use of befrienders wishing to recommend additional social contact to clients

Full training is given as well as ongoing support as part of a dedicated team. For more information or to apply please click here:

Young Carers Project

Download the referral pack from New Forest Young Carers Alliance.

Three Young Carers from the New Forest have taken part in a Hampshire-wide project to create a training session for teachers.

The teenagers – all supported by Community First New Forest’s Young Carer Service – have put together a training presentation and created their own short film.

“We want teachers to understand what our lives are like” said Chloe, 17. “Being a Young Carer isn’t just something that affects you for a short time. It’s on-going. If things are bad at home, doing coursework isn’t your first priority”

Young Carers Coordinator Marie Shotbolt said: “This has been a great opportunity for some of our Young Carers to get involved with. They were all really keen to share their own experiences and thanks to the support of the Children’s Society, they will all get an Arts Award as well. It’s a really worthwhile addition to their CVs and how many teenagers get to say they’ve delivered a training session to teachers?”

What we do…
We support Young Carers and their families across the New Forest.  We can help families access services that will make their lives easier as well as offering Young Carers time out and respite from their caring responsibilities.

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.

Our commitment to quality
All staff and volunteers have an Enhanced DBS check and receive regular training to ensure we deliver a quality service.  We are members of Hampshire Young Carers Alliance and work with Hampshire County Council and the Children’s Society to develop a programme of work in line with County and National policies.

What our clients say

‘when I got invited to my first activity I didn't want to go because I was scared that I wasn't going to make any friends but I actually enjoyed myself and Young Carers has helped boost my confidence and it has been great.’

‘Just want to say thank you very much. The girls had a great time and it's thanks to all of you that gave up your evening for them and the other children.  It was lovely for them to have some relaxing time rather than care time’

Donations allow us to offer more activities for our Young Carers and give more of them some much needed respite.  You can donate here….

Our service does use volunteers to help provide support for Young Carers and their families.  If you would like to support our service by volunteering please contact us using the details below.

How to contact us
We accept referrals for any young person aged 7 to 18 who is affected by the disability, health problems or substance abuse of another member of their family.  This can be a self-referral or come from anyone else involved with the family.

Our address is:

New Forest Young Carers Service
Community First New Forest
First Floor Offices,
71 Christchurch Road,
BH24 1DH

Tel. number – 01425 482773
Fax – 01425 482666
Email –