We’re delighted The Big Lottery Fund has awarded Swindon Carers Centre a grant of £147, 603 to continue development of work supporting Young Carers in schools in Swindon for a further 3 years.
What is the Young Carer Champion Award?
The Reaching Communities Grant is being used to create a new Young Carer Champion Award in partnership with Swindon schools. It will also help the organisation offer an accredited award scheme under the umbrella of education charity and examination board AQA that will enable youngsters to learn activities that interest them and enable them to earn certificates for their achievements. Over the next three years, the centre will also continue to work with the schools, academies and colleges on the Young Carer Award and the Ambassador Award and we will recruit a further 12 new schools during the academic year. There are currently 68 schools on the award with 48 having achieved the Award and 16 who have achieved the Ambassador Award too.
There are 900 young carers between the age of five and 18 with access to support for them in our schools. We also know there are still many more who are young carers and are not registered with us but are also supported in schools. There are also many more that are still hidden who we know need support and our aim is to continue to raise awareness to help find these young people.
Young carers help to look after parents or siblings who have illnesses, disabilities, mental health issues or even addictions and their work can include everything from washing their relatives, giving them medication and lifting them to housework, shopping and taking care of younger members of their families.
We need to continue to make sure young carers have the same advantages as non-carers. We want children from an early age to be able to talk about the caring work they do right through to when they are employed in the future.
We would like to thank all education professionals who do such outstanding work to support young carers in Swindon via the Young Carer Award and the Ambassador Award and soon the Young Carer Champion Award.
Schools, academies and colleges currently working in partnership with us on the award standards in Swindon have ensured 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.
1.Robert Le Kyng Primary School
2.Colebrook Junior School
3.Westrop Primary School
4.East Wichel Primary School
5.Sevenfields Primary School
6.Wanborough Primary School
7.Westlea Primary School
8.Holy Family Catholic Primary School
9.St Francis Catholic Primary School
10.The Croft Primary School
11.Covingham Park Junior School
12.Wroughton Junior School
13.Moredon Primary School
14.Oaktree Nursery and Primary School
15.Bridlewood Primary School
16.Eldene Primary School
17.Drove Primary School
18.Mountford Manor Primary School
19.Rodbourne Cheney Primary School
20.Chiseldon Primary School
21.Haydonleigh Primary School
22.Lydiard Park Academy
23.Shaw Ridge Primary School
24.Catherine Wayte Primary School
25.Colebrook Infant School
27.Holy Rood Catholic Primary School
28.Eldene Primary School
29.Even Swindon Primary School
30.Orchid Vale Primary School
31.Moredon Primary School
33.St. Catherine's Catholic Primary School
34.St. Mary's Catholic Primary School
35.Haydon Wick Primary School
38.Abbey Park Secondary School ( Isambard)
39.Swindon Academy Primary
40.Swindon Academy Secondary
41.Swindon Academy Sixth Form
42.Lawn Manor Academy ( Church Fields)
43.Dorcan Technology College
44.Nova Hreod School
45.St.Joseph’s Catholic College
46.Goddard Park Community Primary School Academy Trust
47.Lainesmead Primary School
48.Lawn Primary School
49.Ruskin Junior School
52.Liden Primary School
53.The Chalet School
54.Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy
55.Oliver Tomkins Infants
56.Oliver Tomkins Juniors
57.Grange Infant School
58.Grange Junior School
59.Holy Cross Catholic School
60.Crowdy’s Hill School
62.Lawn Manor Academy
63.St Leonards Primary CE Primary Academy
64.Tregoze Primary School
65.Brook Field Primary
66.Warneford Secondary School
67.Oakhurst Primary School
68.Great Western Academy
What support do schools get from Swindon Carers Centre?
Ann Giles, the Swindon Carers Centre’s Schools Development Manager, 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.
A Certificate is presented to the schools after completion of each Standard and the Young Carer Award is presented at an awards ceremony. Swindon Carers Centre will continue to support schools when the Award is achieved by regular 9 monthly review meetings.
There are currently 68 Swindon schools/colleges involved in the Young Carer Award and Ambassador 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 Awards.
The Young Carer Champion Award will in the first year pilot 4 schools and we will recruit 8 Young Carer Champions and work alongside 4 young carer leads to develop an AQA Unit Award accredited scheme of work and session plans.
This scheme is already underway with the Young Carer Forum Champions who have been earning certificates for their achievements throughout the last year.
How can my school get involved?
For further information please contact Ann Giles, Schools Development Manager by email email@example.com or call 01793 531133.