Ask your school to screen this film

Published on: 21 Dec 2016

A CHARITY is calling on parents and schools in the area to support its work ensuring sure young carers receive the help they need.

Carers Trust estimates 1 in 12 secondary aged pupils is a young carer but say many remain hidden.

To mark Young Carer Awareness Day on Thursday January 26 the charity has worked with young carers to make a short film.

The film will be available to all local schools and aims to educate teachers and pupils. 

It can also be used as a resource to help teachers identify and provide better support for young people who are caring for a family member or friend.

The charity, based at The Vassall Centre in Fishponds, will be sending the film to all local schools in the New Year and hopes parents will ask their child's school to show the film.

Stacey Vallis, from the trust, said: "Carers Trust estimates 1 in 12 secondary aged pupils is a young carer. This means that the number of young carers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire is likely to be far higher than recorded in the Census. There are likely to be young carers in every school and college, but many remain hidden.

"Carers Support Centre works with schools to help make sure young carers are recognised and support is put in place to help them cope. The charity works with 32 schools, but no schools in the Downend area are yet a part of this group. 

"The charity will be sending the film to all local schools. If you are a parent, please ask your school to show the film."

Carers Support Centre is a charity based in Bristol and South Gloucestershire that provides specialist support to carers, including children aged eight to 18. This includes one-to-one and family support, carers’ groups, respite activities, short breaks and training.

Parents and schools can find out more about Young Carers Awareness Day and Carers Support Centre by visiting www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk.

 

What is a young carer?

 

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up: 

It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence

Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress

In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role

26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role

1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.

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