King Edward VII Academy in Kings Lynn is the latest school to be awarded Caring Together’s Carer Friendly Tick Award – Education, in recognition of their work to identify and support carers. The school has seen its accreditation renewed after it once again met the standards for the Carer Friendly Tick Award.
The Carer Friendly Tick Award covers education, employers, health and community organisations, recognising the important role each has to play in ensuring carers of all ages are recognised and given the support they need.
Principal, Sarah Hartshorn, said, “We are very proud that we have, once again, received certification in recognition of the schools work with our young carers. It is so important to us that our children at KES know who they can talk too and that they have the addition support that they need.
“Caring responsibilities impact on every aspect of young people’s lives; it is so important that they know we are here to help them every step of the way.”
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.
“We are very pleased to see King Edward VII Academy having their work to identify and support young carers once again 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 makes a real difference to carers. It is good to see them having their accreditation renewed.”
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.