HEART of England has become the first secondary school to take steps to support young carers.
Staff and pupils recently marked Carers Week (June 18 to 24) by holding a range of activities, including a teachers’ ‘tug of war.’ The aim of the day was to raise awareness of young carers and let them know about the support available.
The theme for the week this year was ‘in sickness and in health,’ which calls for greater support for unpaid carers to help them continue in their caring role.
And since the event, the school has said they have had several students come forward asking for support for caring for members of the family.
During Carers Week, Heart of England welcomed Solihull Young Carers into the school to run assemblies to reassure young carers that their school will support them.
Headteacher Andrew Mackereth said: “I am aware that below the surface of my school community is a small army of dedicated carers balancing the demands of a good education with caring for adults and children, often with profound difficulties and impairments. I was delighted to be able to raise their profile and celebrate their work.”