5th November sees the first meeting for the 5 schools who are involved in the local pilot of the Carers Trust and Childrens Society, jointly run, Young Carers in Schools Programme Award Scheme. Salford Young Carers Service has been chosen to be one of 15 pilot sites across the country to initially roll the programme out.
There’s been lots of positive press about the Young Carers in Schools Programme, and in Salford we see it as a really positive opportunity for us to showcase and build on the work all ready been carried out in schools across the city
The scheme is being run nationally by the Carers Trust and the Children’s Society with the partnership coming about due to the Carers Trust has been funded by The Queen’s Trust to increase the consistency of identification and support of young carers in schools through capacity building training, regional networks and the development of resources to support young carer services and schools, whilst The Children’s Society had been developing a young carer standard for schools as part of their Young Carers in Schools Focus Programme, funded by the Big Lottery. It was decided that these two projects worked best together.
The five schools involved in the Salford pilot are The Albion Academy, Harrop Fold High School, At Ambrose Barlow R. C. High School, Irlam and Cadishead College and Ellesmere Park High School.
We are all really excited the awards programme and look forward to being able to take the work we are presently doing in Salford Schools on to the next level.