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.
You can also visit Carers Trust Cambridgeshire for information on news and events in the area.
Click here to view the young carers group meetings run by Young Carers Project here at Cromwell and other support 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 email@example.com 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.
To all Cromwell Young Carers
Some of you may already be aware that Debbie King no longer works with Centre 33 and her support of the Young Carers Tuesday Group will cease. In the interim, Tracey Coulton-Weir will be running some in school group sessions along with some 1-1 sessions. Further details will be circulated as soon as dates and times are confirmed… please keep monitoring the Cromwell Website under Enrichment/Young Carers.
For now, we would like to send our good wishes to Debbie for her kindness and hard work in supporting our Young Carers and wish her every success in the future.
Debbie has passed on the following message to you all …….
“It is not without some sadness that I will be leaving centre 33 on 22nd February but more so with a positive look for new challenges and an exciting future. I have worked with Young carers for the past 18 yrs and have had the privilege of meeting lots of amazing young people who do amazing jobs caring for family members without thoughts for themselves. I wish you all the best, Debbie King”.
In the meantime, if any of our Young Carers have any queries or concerns or require support of any kind in school, our Young Carers email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or one of our team can be approached in school – Mrs J Roberts, Mrs S Macfarlane or Mrs H Brittain, via the Main Office.