Young carers

We are extremely proud to have such admirable young people who have high expectations in school, whilst caring for a parent or relative at home. It is challenging to balance personal and family responsibility with that of their studies and that is why we put everything possible in place to ensure our young carers gain the education and qualifications they need to be successful in the future.

Our work with Suffolk Family Carers has been identified as demonstrating exemplary practice, and has been recognised through the Suffolk Young Carers in school scheme. In January 2020 Ormiston Denes Academy was presented with the Platinum Award for supporting our young carers in school. We are very proud of our achievement, having already previously received the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

We work closely with Suffolk Family Carers in relation to their support for young carers in Suffolk, and in particular those within our academy. We have raised school awareness of young carers through assemblies, form time sessions, social media, internal information boards, and staff training.

We have a number of young people in school who are young carers, and we support them in many different ways. In school meetings are arranged to allow students to work with the Young Carer Adviser, Rachel Maidstone, from Suffolk Family Carers, additional arrangements can be made for extended homework deadline if necessary, and students can contact home during the course of the school day if they need to check on a family member that they care for.

We also have regular drop in sessions for young carers, but that also include peers that are not young carers, to enable them to find out more about the work of Suffolk Family Carers. This is a time to relax, socialise, chat, play games and eat together in a quiet environment. The Young Carer adviser is also present in as many of the meetings as possible.

If you would like to have any further information regarding our support for young carers in our academy, please contact Julie Mayo.

To support young carers, we work with Suffolk Young Carers to provide:

  • Group drop-in sessions
  • House Base Access
  • Dedicated webpage on our website
  • Suffolk Young Carers noticeboard
  • One-to-one focussed sessions
  • Teacher training
  • Awareness-raising activities

Platinum award

Gold award

Silver award

Bronze award

Young Carers Advisor

Rachel Maidstone is our Young Carers Adviser.

“ Hi my name is Rachel, I am the young carer adviser for the Lowestoft area. I have been working for Suffolk Family Carers since September 2019. My job role has a variety of aspects which includes clubs for young carers, I carry out assessments and engage with young people within schools. The part I enjoy the most is taking the young carers on respite activities where I see them go outside their comfort zones.  I find the job role is really rewarding and I strive from making a difference to a young person’s life.  People always say I am a bubbly and caring person who is approachable and always willing to listen.”

Contact Suffolk Young Carers

Are you aged 9 to 15? Does a member of your household have a long term illness, a disability, mental health issues or drug/alcohol addiction? If you said ‘yes’ to these questions, Suffolk Young Carers is here to help.

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