Suffolk Young Carers Bronze Award
Ormiston Denes Academy has just been awarded the Suffolk Young Carers Bronze Award.
To celebrate having received this award, the academy in Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft, held a celebratory buffet lunch for 30 young carers on role and their parents and guardians.
In order to achieve Bronze, the academy signed a pledge for support and hold regular liaison meetings with Suffolk Young Carers’ support worker who ensures that school policies explicitly refer to SYC support. Regular themed assemblies are also held and a dedicated webpage has been added to the school website.
A young carer is somebody aged between 9 and 15 years old who cares for, or is affected by, a family member who has a physical disability, a long-term physical illness, a mental health problem or a problem with the misuse of drugs or alcohol. It is essential that young carers receive support from school as they are a vulnerable group who sometimes experience difficulties in education. Ormiston Denes have identified their young carers and offer support to assist in increasing attainment levels and attendance.
Claire Fraser-Lin, Young Carers Project Manager, said: “I was delighted to attend the Young Carers event at Ormiston Denes and to see so many young carers and their parents there! The school has achieved so much in a very short space of time. By reaching Bronze on the Young Carers Schools’ Award they have shown their commitment to supporting this vulnerable group; I look forward to seeing them achieve their Silver very soon!”
“Our worker in Lowestoft has been funded by the Department of Education who value the ground-breaking work Ormiston Denes is committed to.”
Claire added: “All the parents I spoke to were really impressed especially when I explained how unique this event was!”
The academy is now working towards a silver award which will place them first in the area to do so. James Lowden, Designated Safeguarding Lead and a Director of Learning, said: “We are incredibly proud of the work and levels of responsibility which our young carers demonstrate on a daily basis. This award marks the start of our continued efforts to ensure that our provision strives to remove barriers to learning for these young people.”