College hosts day for young carers

Students preparing a three-course meal for Young Carers Day at Peele Community College, Long Sutton.
Students preparing a three-course meal for Young Carers Day at Peele Community College, Long Sutton.

Students who look after family members with illnesses or disabilities had a day all to themselves at Peele Community College, Long Sutton.

A Young Carers Day at the college last Thursday gave students the chance to cook a three-course meal which they got to eat later with their families.

Year 9 students worked alongside carers to prepare the meal - a starter of curried parsnip soup or tomato and herb and a main of roast chicken with trimmings, sausage and bacon balls, roasted vegetables and stuffing.

There was also a dessert of home-made vanilla cheesecake or apple crumble and cream.

Therasa Earl of Peele Young Carers said: “We started the support group about 18 months ago and we have just over 30 students who care for members of their family with disabilities, blindness or chronic illnesses.

“The college wanted to recognise the fact that while most of our students can go and meet their mates after school, these carers have to go home because they have responsibilities to their families.

“This Young Carers event gave them the opportunity to be taught how to prepare and cook a full three-course meal which they then sat down and ate with their families who were invited in to the school.

“They thought it was a great idea and were really appreciative of the fact that the kids made it themselves.”