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.
Young Carers Action Day - Tuesday 16th March
On our special day, we help to make the whole school more aware of the Young Carers and the important ways that they help their family.
The Young Carers have thought about some of the additional skills they have
developed as a result of being a Young Carer, such as 'collecting my Mum's walking
sticks' and 'calming my older brother down'. We have made photo posters of the
Young Carers with their 'skill cards'.
We are very proud of our Young Carers, here at
Wanborough, and the extra responsibilities that they have. Our Young Carer Club
provides support to the Young Carers to enable them to maximise their educational
opportunities and realise their future career dreams. We are a 'listening ear' and enable
them to understand that there are other children like them. We get together for fun
activities several times a term, although this is slightly limited at present due to the
A Young Carer is a young person aged 5-18 who helps to look
after someone in their family or a friend, who is ill, frail, disabled or has a mental
health condition or addiction.
If you feel that your child may be a Young Carer please
contact me at school so that we can discuss how we can support your child.
Young Carer Awards
On Tuesday 1st October, the Annual Young Carer Awards were held at Grange Community Centre. We felt very honoured to be presented with the Young Carer Ambassador Award for 'going above and beyond' the requirements of the Young Carer scheme (that we currently run at school) to ensure that all our Young Carers are looked after and that the school community are aware of the important role that Young Carers have.
The Ambassador Award is a beautiful piece of mosaic made by a local artist, and coincidentally it was co-designed by Molly, her older sister and another student a couple of years ago. The award is now on show in the foyer.
Additionally, five of our Young Carers, who wanted to get involved, gave a fantastic singing performance of 'Diamonds' by Rihanna during the interval. Niamh, Molly, Amelie, Ellie-Mai and Evie made me immensely proud with their confidence and beautiful singing voices.
If you feel your child is a Young Carer, helping to look after an adult or sibling with a disability, please feel free to speak to me about your child joining Wanborough Young Carers.
Ms Hingley - Young Carer Lead and TA
‘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:
- 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
At Wanborough Primary School:
- 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.
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