Eastgate Academy in King’s Lynn, has been awarded Caring Together’s Carer Friendly Tick Award – Education, in recognition of their work to identify and support young carers.
Kerensa Healy, assistant principal – EYFS & KS1, said: “We are passionate about supporting the children and families of Eastgate and wanted to recognise the crucial role that young carers have. Applying for the Carer Friendly Tick Award has raised awareness of young carers and raised their profile in school. We want to thank the young carers for the incredible things they do.”
Andy McGowan, head of carer services at Caring Together, said, “With three in five of us likely to be a carer at some stage in our lives we are seeing more and more organisations in our communities recognising the importance of identifying and supporting carers of all ages.”
Caring Together works to help raise the awareness of carers awareness in the community with health, social care and education professionals, and employers.
Eastgate Academy’s application to be awarded the Carer Friendly Tick – Education was assessed by a group of carers.
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.