Young Carers          

At Cromwell Community College it is our aim to identify and support all of our young carers.  A young carer is a child under 18 who regularly helps to look after a family member or friend who is disabled, ill, has a mental health condition or addiction problem.

 

Children may engage in:

  • Practical tasks (cooking, housework and shopping)
  • Physical care (lifting or helping someone use the stairs)
  • Personal care (dressing, washing, helping with toilet needs)
  • Managing the family budget (collecting benefits and prescriptions)
  • Managing medication
  • Looking after younger siblings
  • Helping someone communicate

The College is committed to meeting the needs of young carers so they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other pupils and achieve their potential.

Cromwell has designated young carers’ school leads (see details below) with responsibility for young carers and their families.  Pupils are made aware of these staff and how to contact them to access support.  The College actively seeks feedback and ideas from all pupils, including young carers, to shape and improve support.

Cromwell has a very effective referral system and strong partnership in place with relevant external agencies including the school nurse and the local young carers’ service at Centre 33. Where appropriate information is shared with professionals and other agencies on a need to know basis in order for possible further support to be accessed. Cromwell also offers the opportunity for Young Carers to attend a daily Breakfast Club from 8.15am onwards. This gives pupils the chance to socialise with other Young Carers and pupils. As well, they can access additional provision prior to the start of the school day. 

You can also visit Carers Trust Cambridgeshire for information on news and events in the area.

Click here to view a short clip produced by local young carers which gives a clear view of ‘a day in the life of a young carer.’

Click here to view the young carers group meetings run by Young Carers Project here at Cromwell and othersupport sessions we have to offer. 

If you, or a family member, needs support or further information please contact Mrs Roberts, Mrs Brittain or Mrs Macfarlane at youngcarers@cromwell.cambs.sch.uk or telephone 01354 692193. All contact will be treated in the strictest confidence.

There are also various events that are held in our community.Look out for our website updates to let you know whats going on. 

YCIS Bulletin December 2018

To all Cromwell Young Carers

Centre 33 has appointed a Project Team Leader for our Cromwell Young Carers. Amber Crabb is the  Project Worker with Centre 33 and has already facilitated a full term of after school group activities as well as 1-1 appointments with some of our Young Carers. Dates below are when Amber will be in school:-

Future dates will follow in the new academic year. 

 

Please remember that if any of our Young Carers have any queries or concerns, or require support of any kind in school, our Young Carer email address is youngcarers@cromwell.cambs.sch.uk .

 

 

Cromwell Community College is one of very few schools in the country who has been awarded the Young Carers in School Gold Award. Such an award reflects that we aim to meet the needs of this vulnerable pupil group and this was recognised by Ofsted during our last inspection.

 

Our Young Carers were sad to see Amber leaving the Centre 33 Team but will be pleased to hear that a new Project Worker will be in place very soon.  His name is Ged and dates for the 1-1 support sessions and after school groups will be shared with you as soon as they are available from Centre 33.

We hope the Young Carers who were able to attend the summer trip to Clip and Climb over the holidays had a wonderful time.

If you have any queries or questions relating to Young Carers, please contact school on the usual switchboard number or you can email via the office email or youngcarers@cromwel.cambs.sch.uk  email address.