YSS Education link worker, working as part of Worcestershire Young Carers, David King, recently visited Perrywood primary school in Worcester to raise awareness of young carers as part of the school’s #youthquake event.

Worcestershire Young Carers is a service delivered by YSS that supports young people aged between seven and 25 years old who have a caring role at home. The caring role could be for a parent, sibling or grandparent due to illness, disability, physical or mental health difficulties or substance misuse. The caring role can be varied, ranging from administering medication, to cooking, cleaning and bathing, or helping to parent siblings or providing emotional support.

Statistically, young carers are more likely to suffer bullying at school, are less likely to stay in education, employment or training and tend to have lower aspirations.

The #youthquake event marked the school’s annual Founders Day and was joined by representatives from a wide variety of services, including the police and fire services, as well as parents, teachers and young people. The aim of the day was to highlight and promote local organisations who strive to make the community a better place.

Teaching Assistant at the school, Lisa Gauler, said: “Our annual Founders Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the values of our school and its academy trust. Our arts curriculum work this year is based on the theme of ‘protest’, so we decided to focus our Founders Day celebrations on community activism, recognising and promoting local organisations, like YSS Worcestershire Young Carers, who strive to make our community a better place. We were delighted to be joined by Education Link Worker David King, who provided eye-opening information about young carers and how we can support young people who might be young carers themselves.”

As part of the event, students at the school were given the opportunity to learn more about each of the different services and were entered into a draw to win the school’s Value Cup and a special prize.

David said: “My role as Education link worker at YSS involves establishing and developing new relationships with schools and colleges around the county, to improve identification and support of young carers, ensuring young carers are safe, healthy, aspiring and achieving.

“It was great to be a part of the Founders Day event and to be able to hold a table-top promotion that included leaflets, referral forms, pens and bags. Being able to talk to young people and inform them about young carers and the support that is on offer - from one to one support to signposting, assessments or clubs and activities - is really important. Perrywood primary school is very committed to supporting the community, young people and young carers, so I was really pleased to be invited.”

Worcestershire Young Carers has been successfully delivered by YSS since 2003 and provides support to more than 400 young carers every year, who are aged between seven and 25 years old and live in Worcestershire.

To find out more about David’s work please go to yss.org.uk/worcestershire-young-carers, call 01905 730 886 or email [email protected]