Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Young Carers has been awarded Caring Together’s Carer Friendly Tick Award – Communities, in recognition of their work to identify and support young carers.
Manager Terry, for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Young Carers, said: “We applied for the tick award to enable us to demonstrate that we have young/young adult carers at the heart of our charity and always support them to have a say in how the charity develops its support services for them.
“The benefits to having this award will show organisations we work with that we understand how to achieve the award when asking them to apply for the award themselves.
“New young people and their families can see that we support young/young adult carers have a say it how we develop the service that support them when they first join us.”
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.
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.