Lynn Grove Academy in Great Yarmouth 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 and has once again met the standards for the Carer Friendly Tick Award.
Alison Mobbs, principal of Lynn Grove Academy, said the academy was proud of the young people in their community who give so much as young carers.
She added: “We know that sometimes they could use a little extra help from us to make sure that they thrive in school and we are keen to support them to manage all of their responsibilities. The young carer friendly tick is a great way for us to audit our provision for them and show our commitment to them.”
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.
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. Schools and colleges taking the initiative to identify and support their pupils who are young carers is hugely important and makes a real difference.
“Therefore, we are very pleased to see Lynn Grove 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 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.