Here at St Damian's R.C Science College we offer support to our young carers.
A child or young person who, without payment, provides help and support to a parent, sibling or other family member, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.
They take on practical and emotional tasks that normally would be undertaken by an adult. The tasks and level of caring undertaken by a young carer can vary, according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of care required and the structure of the family unit.
A young person may engage in:
• Practical tasks (cooking, housework and shopping)
• Physical care (lifting or helping someone use the stairs)
• Personal care (dressing, washing, helping with toilet needs)
• Managing the family budget (collecting benefits and prescriptions)
• Managing medication
• Looking after younger siblings
• Helping someone communicate
Research suggests there are at least 700,000 young carers in the UK but many do not realise they are a young carer.
We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school. At St Damian’s we are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are young carers are identified, and supported effectively.
Mrs V Harrison –Young Carers Lead
As St Damian’s Young Carers’ Lead I have responsibility for ensuring all young carers are able to enjoy school and make good progress. If you think your child might be a young carer, or could be affected by any of the issues we’ve highlighted, or have any further questions, please contact Mrs Harrison –Young Carers Lead on 0161 330 5974.
Young Carers Visit Stockport Academy for Young Carers Awareness Day
Our young carers group visited fellow young carers at Stockport Academy to celebrate and share experiences for Young Carers Awareness Day
Our Young Carers have lots of festive fun when Mrs Harrison arranged a special visit to the Manchester Christmas Markets.
Mrs Harrison said 'They celebrated the occasion with mugs of creamy hot chocolate and sat in the log cabin. They thoroughly enjoying themselves and as always they were a credit to St Damian's and it was an absolute pleasure to take them. It is a privilege to do something for them which they all enjoyed. They have brought their mugs back to school and we will use the when they have their Christmas Party - a souvenir to remind them how very special they are to us all at school, and what a wonderful job they do at home.'