Long Sutton’s Peele Community College joined other schools across Lincolnshire on Thursday in raising awareness of the county’s 6,000 young carers.
Peele’s Young Carers co-ordinator Therasa Earl held an assembly for Year 7 students where she explained that a young carer is someone under 18 helping to care for a family member affected by a physical disability, mental health condition, illness or addiction.
She said that young carers can be from any background and any family and explained that the Peele has around 30 of them.
Students heard how it was important that they feel supported by their friends, schools and communities.
Some of the students from the existing Peele Young Carers Group were introduced to the Year 7 students and Mrs Earl explained that they meet up as a group every fortnight and shared some of the things the group have been involved in recently.
They included: visiting a pantomime, making pottery, a Harry Potter day out, a bike ride and watching movies.
She said The Peele is recognised as a ‘Young People-Friendly School’ because of the support it provides to its young carers and that £700 was recently donated to the group as a “Co-op Community champion.”
A video of a young carer from Lincoln was then shown to the Year 7 students so they could see what life is like for a young person caring for a loved one.
The Year 7 students found it really moving and were pleased to have attended the assembly to share the awareness of some of their peers that they might not have known about.
One of the young carers, Jarred Dean, was invited to Spalding Grammar school to share his knowledge and experiences, offering advice to staff at the school as they were looking to set up their own group
Jarred said he enjoyed the opportunity to share what help and support he receives from the group at Peele and how this makes a difference to him.
He said he was very grateful to the Peele for supporting the students like himself and that it has had a positive influence on him.