We’re delighted The Big Lottery Fund has awarded Swindon Carers Centre a grant of £129,036 to continue developing the Young Carer Award in Swindon for the next 3 years.
What is the Young Carer Award?
Schools, academies and colleges currently working in partnership with us on the award standards in Swindon are ensuring more and more Young Carers in the town are recognised, valued and supported. The range of creative support mechanisms being developed by Young Carer Leads and their Young Carers in our schools is outstanding.
This Big Lottery Fund grant will help us work towards ensuring all Young Carers in Swindon are able to access support in all phases of education, to enable them to achieve their best whilst balancing school and college life with their caring roles.
Swindon Carers Centre developed the Young Carer Award for Schools because young carers nationally were saying they were not always getting the support they needed from their school or college. Local statistics suggested young carers were not all achieving their academic potential. The aim of the award is to ensure a range of support is available and accessible to all young carers in order they have the opportunities they need to achieve their full potential.
Swindon Carers Centre has developed a set of 3 Standards across 5 areas:
Leadership and Management
Identification and assessment of individual need
Developing provision to meet need
Young Carer involvement
Management systems, monitoring and evaluation
What support do schools get from Swindon Carers Centre?
Ann Giles, the Swindon Carers Centre’s Schools Development Officer, is supporting schools to achieve the award, which can be completed in one year or sooner. Ann can help with visits to the school to support the staff with self-assessing and implementing the Award, staff awareness training, young carer policy and charter development and training sessions for pupils.
Swindon Carers Centre will continue to support schools when the Award is achieved by regular 6 monthly review meetings. A Certificate is presented to the schools after completion of each Standard and the Young Carer Award is presented at an awards ceremony. There are currently 49 Swindon schools/colleges involved in the Young Carer Award, from infants schools to FE colleges, which is ensuring that young carers receive the support they need, especially during transitions to college/new schools. There are ongoing examples of excellent practice and positive feedback from young carers attending the schools who are already involved in the Award.
How can my school get involved?
For further information please contact Ann Giles, Schools Development Officer by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01793 531133.