28th August 2015Category: Young Carers
The funding will enable our Young Carers Support Workers to provide one to one support sessions for some of the 1,700 YCs (5-18 years) in West Cumbria. The support will be particularly targeted at Young Carers who have identified their caring role impacts on their ability to attend school, to manage school and homework, attend extracurricular activities & who struggle to get the best out of school life. Research indicates that on average a young carer misses 48 school days each year due to their caring role, they can experience twice the pressure at exams & are four times more likely to drop out of education.
Support staff will work with schools and colleges across West Cumbria to identify young carers and provide 1:1 sessions to 65 of them. Sessions will provide a supportive environment in which to discuss concerns & develop strategies that reduce the negative impact of caring.
As a result of working alongside a Young Carers Support Worker in these sessions young carers say that they attend school more regularly and see a general improvement in their school work, they also feel better about themselves and are better able to balance school work and their caring role.
Many thanks to staff at Cumbria Community Foundation for their support with the application process and to NMP for providing the funding.