Young Carers Awareness Day
Thursday 31st January was Young Carers Awareness Day 2019.
There are a number of students at Broadwater School who have caring responsibilities for parents, siblings or other family members who have a physical disability, mental health condition or problems with drugs and alcohol. As well as managing to balance school, social life and homework, these students often have to provide emotional care, physical support, personal care or help to look after siblings.
Students attended an assembly run by Surrey Young Carers in which they were able to learn what it means to be a young carer and some information about the range of support available both within school and in the community:
- The weekly Who Cares? lunch club run by Eikon provides young carers with the opportunity to socialise with others who are in a similar position to themselves, play games and take part in fun activities
- Last term saw the first pizza and games lunch group for KS4 young carers in years 9, 10 and 11 which will be ongoing once every half term
- Young carers can also be referred to the Eikon Youth Worker for one-to-one support
- We work closely with Surrey Young Carers, a charity which provides a range of support for young people who have caring responsibilities.
The students who attended the Who Cares? Lunch Group today were able to meet with a representative from Surrey Young Carers to learn about some of the opportunities and support available to them.
For more information about Surrey Young Carers please visit www.surrey-youngcarers.org.uk or for information about Eikon support available at Broadwater School please speak to form tutors.