Tiegan the pride of Long Sutton college’s Young Carers group

Young carer Tiegan Butcher with  Therasa Earl,  head Elizabeth Smith and mum Suzanne Butcher.
Young carer Tiegan Butcher with Therasa Earl, head Elizabeth Smith and mum Suzanne Butcher.
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The Young Carers group has now entered its fifth successful year at The Peele Community College in Long Sutton.

The group was set up to help and support those students within school who have caring roles at home for family members. When it started, the group had about 12 members; this has now risen to almost 40.

The group is led by Therasa Earl, a head of year at the college, and has been really successful in providing a much-needed boost to the students who attend.

The group offers termly 
activities and rewards for members, all free of charge, enabling the students to have some ‘time to relax and enjoy themselves’, whilst being surrounded by others in the same situation.

Trips to Harry Potter Studio World, Pottery Cafes, cinemas and pantomimes are just some of the treats they have enjoyed.

In November 2014, The Peele Community College was successful in achieving the ‘Young Carer-Friendly School Award’ as well as Mrs Earl also achieving ‘The Best Support Staff Award’ for the group in The Spalding Guardian Education Awards.

The college is also extremely proud of one of the group members, Tiegan Butcher, who came runner up recently in the ‘Young Carer of the Year’ category at the South Holland Health Awards.

“Tiegan is an amazing young lady, dedicated and committed to looking after her family as well as concentrating on her studies at school,” said Mrs Earl.

“She is a fantastic role model and a great ambassador for our young carer group.”