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Gold award for young carer support

Published on 04/04/19

East Point Academy has received a gold award for the support it gives to young carers.

The Suffolk Young Carers Gold award recognises the extra support East Point gives pupils who have to juggle school work with responsibilities such as caring for an ill or disabled family member.

Suffolk Family Carers, the charity behind the scheme, said: “Young carers do an amazing job and often feel very proud of the job they do – rightly so. However, many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring role.

“The Suffolk Young Carers Schools Award is designed to help schools improve identification and support to young carers and award best practice.”

Sally Stanton, East Point Academy student support leader for Year 7, said: “Over the last three years we have been developing a programme of additional support for our students who are young carers.

“We have put in place a number of measures, such as drop-in sessions with advisor Helen Blight from Suffolk Young Carers, which have proved really successful.

“I’m delighted that following our Bronze award in 2017 and Silver in 2018, we have now achieved the Gold award.”