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Young Carers Awareness Day - 31st January 2019

Young Carers Awareness Day highlights children’s mental health – but support is available in Surrey.

This year’s Young Carers Awareness Day hopes to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by young people because of their caring role. A huge issue is mental health.

  •  Young carers are more likely to have anxiety or depression than other young people their age
  •  50% often feel stressed and 46% feel lonely because of their caring roles
  •  68% are bullied at school

However, in Surrey, Surrey Young Carers (SYC), part of Action for Carers, works to support these children, offering free, impartial information and support to young carers and their families on minimising the impact of their caring role. We also provide workshops, forums, fun activities and groups. We give young carers time out from caring and help them to achieve their full potential.

New Award for Surrey Schools 

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Marking Young Carers Awareness Day, SYC is launching a new award for schools – helping them become ‘Young Carer Friendly’.

Our new Angel Award scheme shows how schools can make simple changes that will support young carers to achieve their life chances, and help their mental health. We’ve developed the Angel Award with young carers, with the aim to reward all the good work that schools in Surrey do to recognise and support young carers, and encourage them to do more.

Schools achieving the award have to meet a certain criteria to show that they are ‘young carer friendly’ such as:

  • Running a young carer group
  • Having a young carer lead or champion
  • Having staff awareness training on young carers
  • Holding assemblies on young carers to help students to come forward for support

Children in the school will know who to contact for help, and will feel the school, teachers, and other pupils understand and support them in their caring role.

If you know of a school who would benefit from the Angel Award Scheme please contact us via email on syc@actionforcarers.org.uk - thank you!

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