Appreciation for young carers

Young carers at Peele Community College in Long Sutton Rosie Summers (left) and Amanda Wilson.
Young carers at Peele Community College in Long Sutton Rosie Summers (left) and Amanda Wilson.

UNSUNG heroes at a Long Sutton school, whose work doesn’t end when the homework is finished, are being given some much-needed time out.

Nine pupils at Peele Community College are young carers, who are often looking after a family member at home when their friends are out socialising.

Pam Mellor, director of student support, piloted the school’s Young Carers’ Group in February.

Co-ordinator is Theresa Earl, who said: “I think these students do not want a lot of fuss made of the care they give, but they do appreciate it when they are given some extra time out of the college setting to just chill and be themselves.”

The last trip was to the Pottery Painting Café in Sleaford, where members of the carers’ group painted mugs or plates, and a trip to Harry Potter World in London is being planned for the end of July. Other activities happen within school, such as watching a video during special periods on a Friday afternoon.

Year 10 student Rosie Summers, one of the members, said: “The group really helps us to chill out and have some time with other people that know how we feel because they are going through the same thing and it gives us the opportunity to socialise.”

Amanda Wilson said: “I would recommend having a young carers’ group in every school as it would help people understand better and teachers realise that these people may need extra help.”