What is a Carer?
A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability. Very often people do not recognise themselves as 'carers'; they are just family members, friends or neighbours who find themselves in a caring situation, sometimes suddenly, sometimes gradually, and simply get on with what needs to be done.
A carer may not always live with the person they care for, but their help may be essential in enabling that person to go on living independently.
It can help to know that you are a carer; it is a way of recognising that what you are doing is a very important job. Caring can sometimes be demanding, both physically and emotionally. It may help to know that your work is recognised by others, and that there are services and benefits available to help support you in your role.
Young Carers Gold Award
In May 2015, Stockport Academy became the first school in the country to achieve the Gold Award from the Young Carers in Schools Programme. This award recognises the standard of support we offer young carers in terms of identification, raising awareness, catering to their individual needs and celebrating their achievements.
Please see this video of the interviews taken at the young and adult carers training day on 26 March.
Please also read this blog on Digitalme website, which includes the top ten tips from young carers.
Click here to read the most recent Young Carers in Schools Newsletter.
Click here to read the latest Signpost Young Carers Newsletter.
Click here to read Stockport Academy's Young Carers Policy