On Thursday 31 January, St Bart’s celebrated the 5th official Young Carers Awareness Day. The aim of the day is to identify young carers and raise awareness of the vital role they play in supporting their sick and disabled family members.
During PDP, tutor groups learned about who young carers are, the different types of care they provide and discussed the impact this may have on a young person’s education and personal wellbeing.
At activity time, our School Officers ran a series of mini competitions, with word searches, quizzes and a very exciting treasure hunt around the hub. Students also got creative with a giant mind map, contributing ideas of how to support young carers as a school and in the wider community.
And we were delighted to hear that St Bart’s has won the Young Carers Awareness Day 2019 award for its commitment to support and raise awareness about Young Carers. Joe Sutton, Young Carers Coordinator at West Berkshire Council, presented School Officers and Young Carers school champions with the award on the day.
Mr Sutton said, “We were impressed with the school’s willingness to get involved with our Young Carers Champions scheme. St Bartholomew’s hosted our first round of Champions Training and put forward several staff members to be trained as Champions. Mrs Sims was a real Advocate for young carers and helped shape our vision of how to support young carers in schools.”
Everyone at St Bart’s should feel very proud.