At Wanborough Primary School we want Young Carers to be recognised, feel supported and know they have someone to speak to if they need help. We have a Young Carers Policy
and we are raising awareness within the school amongst the children, staff and governors.
Carers Awareness Week 12th-18th June 2017
For Carers Awareness Week we have had several activities to develop understanding of the role of Carers as well as having some Fun Fundraising organised by Wanborough Young Carers.
The winners of the poster competition were:
- Reception – Harry
- KS1 – Rhia
- KS2 – Rhys
The winner of the delicious-looking chocolate cake was Harry in Year 3.
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all the children who participated in the activities raising a fabulous £133 for Swindon Carers Centre.
A special thanks goes to the wonderful Wanborough Young Carers who organised the fundraising - in particular, the computer games created by two Young Carers and the yummy cake made by Molly and her Mum. The Young Carers did a wonderful job of creating posters, collecting money and serving their customers! I was very proud of them all.
If you have any spare change I would be happy to fill the Swindon Carers Fundraising Moneybox House.
Thanks very much,
Ms Hingley – Young Carer Lead and T.A.
Thursday 26th January: Young Carers Awareness Day
To increase awareness within Wanborough Primary School we will be putting up posters around the school and Ms Hingley will be holding a special assembly with help from some of the Young Carers.
'A Young Carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol' carerstrust
Here are some important facts that you may not know:
At Wanborough Primary School:
- There are over 700,000 Young Carers in the UK
- There are approximately 2 carers in every class of 30 pupils in the UK
- The average age of a Young Carer is 13
- Many Young Carers remain hidden
- 35% of Young Carers say that nobody in their school is aware of their caring role
We are aware of 9 Young Carers at our school but there may be more.
4 of our Young Carers are registered with Swindon Young Carers.
Our Young Carers range from age 5 to age 10.
Our Young Carers help look after a brother or sister, mum or dad or even several family members.
We have a Designated Young Carer Lead.
We are really proud of our Young Carers.
If you feel your child may be a Young Carer please contact me at school Tuesday to Friday.
Ms Hingley – Young Carer Lead and T.A.
On Wednesday 14th December, Sophie and Molly together with Ms Hingley (Young Carer Lead) attended a Young Carer Awards and Afternoon Tea at Jury's Inn, Swindon together with Young Carers from other schools.
Sophie and Molly received a certificate and a prize of WHSmith vouchers for winning a competition to design an 'Ambassador Award' which will be given to exceptional schools as part of the Young Carer Award scheme.
The girls design was combined with one created by Hannah from Haydon Wick Primary School and turned into a beautiful mosaic plaque by a local artist.
Congratulations to Sophie and Molly.
Ms Hingley - Young Carer Lead
Swindon Carers Centre challenged young carers to get creative and design the Ambassador Award. The Award will be presented to schools and their Young Carer Leads who have exceeded their duties in supporting young carers.
One of the 2 winning designs was created by Sophie in year 5 and Molly in year 2 at Wanborough.
This is their design:
Read more about the competition HERE...
On 12th January Fiona Prinzi from Swindon Carers Centre presented a special assembly about Young Carers and what they do.
After the assembly, Fiona and representatives of the school signed a Young Carers Contract Agreement.
L to R: Judith Evans: SEND Governor, Andrew Drury: Head Teacher, Fiona Prinzi, Sophie, Rachel Hingley: Young Carer Lead
Young Carers are children and young people, up to the age of 18, whose lives are affected by looking after someone. This may include physical or learning disabilities, long term illness, mental health illness, or drug or alcohol challenges. This may be a parent, brother, sister or other family member.
The care they give maybe physical and /or emotional. The responsibilities may include:
- Personal care
- Giving Medication
- Looking after brothers or sisters
- Cheering up
- Helping fill in forms
- Reminding to do things
If you feel your child may be a Young Carer please contact our Young Carer Lead, Rachel Hingley
, so that we can help.
In addition to support at school you may also want to consider making a referral to Swindon Carers Centre
Every Young Carer can have an assessment of their needs. This will be completed by a Young Carers Support Worker and will help find the best services for the Young Carer. This normally takes about an hour and a Support Worker can meet in your own home or arrange an appointment at school.
Once the assessment has been carried out, the Young Carers Support Worker will offer a number of choices based on the level of that assessment that may include the following:
- telephone, text or e-mail support
- time out, away from home with a Young Carers Support Worker
- activities in small groups during school holidays
- short breaks and residential trips
- weekly/fortnightly groups mixing with other Young Carers of the same age.
- referral to other projects or groups
- possible funding for individual activities
Further information and referral forms can be found here:-
If you would like further information about support for Young Carers at Wanborough Primary School, you can return This Form
If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Rachel Hingley, Young Carer Lead