Holt Youth Project has once again been awarded Caring Together’s Carer Friendly Tick Award – Communities, in recognition of their continued work to identify and support carers.
Vicki Alford, senior youth practitioner at Holt Youth Project said the project cared passionately about young carers and their unique role, and added: “Having the Carer Friendly Tick Award helps young carers know that we get it and are here for them. It helps us to raise awareness and recognise other organisations who support young carers.”
Holt Youth Project received the Carer Friendly Tick award for reasons including their senior youth practitioner’s commitment and passion for supporting young carers, the introduction of a young carers charter and an engaging and colourful noticeboard with information dedicated to young carers.
Andy McGowan, head of carer services at Caring Together, said: “We know that young carers found it particularly hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. They told us that their education and mental health had been negatively impacted during the various lockdowns and restrictions. Community projects that take the initiative to identify and support young carers who use their services is hugely important and makes a real difference.
“Therefore, we are very pleased to see Holt Youth Project having their work to identify and support young carers recognised by the Carer Friendly Tick Award. We want to congratulate them on this and to thank them for the work that they are doing which brings real benefits to young carers and their families.”
Caring Together works to help raise the awareness of carers in the community with health, social care and education professionals, and employers.
The Carer Friendly Tick Award was originally developed for education by young carers from Caring Together’s Norfolk Young Carers Forum (NYCF) project. The success of this meant the awards have been rolled out across Norfolk, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire to now include community, health and employer awards.
These recognise the valuable work done in identifying and supporting carers carried out by each type of organisations. The Carer Friendly Tick is a set of standards which were designed with carers, and which are assessed entirely by carers.