Powys Young Assessors – Young People leading the way for better School support and services

Powys Young Assessors – Young People leading the way for better School support and services

 

A group of Young Carers from all areas of Powys met up with representatives of the Powys Youth Forum over Half Term to train as Young Assessors. The training residential was co-produced by the Credu Young Carers Team and the Children’s Participation Officer for Powys County Council.

Credu (Young Carers) are starting a Schools project in Powys using a programme designed by Carers Trust (their Network Partner) and the Children’s Society which aims to increase awareness, identification and support for Young Carers in our Powys schools. The programme will celebrate the good work already being done in some schools by recognising it in the form of an award, and will support other schools to become more Young Carer focussed.

The programme in Wales does not have an assessing body and Credu felt the best people to assess whether schools were reaching the targets set were Young Carers themselves, and other Young People from across Powys.

The group also looked at the Assessment process for the Childrens’ Participation Standards award which encourages participation in decision making and ways forward by children and young people in schools, youth clubs and other organisations offering a service to them.

The residential was held at Elan Valley Lodge near Rhayader and the group also recorded and filmed some of the voices of the young carers which will feed into an awareness raising video for teachers and other school staff about the issues facing this marginalised group and how to support them.

‘It is a really good opportunity for me to be involved in something effective, that can help to implement change for children and young people across Powys who don’t have the ability to speak out’ said Sophie Laing, a Young Adult Carer from North Powys who attended the training.Powys Young Assessors - Young People leading the way for better School support and services

Swervy World Fundraiser

Our thanks to Swervy World and Neve Spencer Möller who played a benefit gig for Young Carers in North Powys last night at The Cross Keys in Llanfyllin. It was a night of soulful singing to brassy upbeat Ragtime dancing which ended in a memorable dance on the high street. Swervy World are on a rural tour with street shows and other paid bookings locally in Oswestry and Shrewsbury.

Swervy World Fundraiser

The event raised £230 and our additional thanks go to The Cross Keys who hosted the event. Swervy World Fundraiser

Young Carers Awareness Day

Thursday 25th January was National Young Carers Awareness Day.

Several primary schools in Powys received a pack of paper chains onto which the children were asked to write their ideas about ways to show support for young Carers. The paper chains opened up discussion and questions about young carers

Young Carers Awareness Day
Young Carers Awareness Day

Llanfyllin high school had a whole morning of Awareness Raising with Year 7’s taking part in Workshops led by 6th formers and Young Carers Outreach Worker, Sally Duckers. The workshops included a quiz, asking the pupils to act as agony aunts and thinking about the positives and negatives of being a young Carer.

The sixth formers then ran a cake sale over lunchtime raising over £100 for local Young Carers.

Young Carers Awareness Day

Young Carers Awareness Day

Honeypot Holiday for Welshpool Young carers

What amazing holidays our Young Carers have enjoyed at Honeypot this summer! Groups went with their Outreach worker and individuals went and made new friends with children from other parts of the UK.

Here are some of the highlights of Welshpool Carers group holiday….games of 21 and stealth, baking, getting painty in the Hive, trampolining, flying kites, movie night.

Honeypot Holiday for Welshpool Young carers Honeypot Holiday for Welshpool Young carers Honeypot Holiday for Welshpool Young carers Honeypot Holiday for Welshpool Young carers

Young Wildlife photographers

Three young Carers spent the day at Severn farm ponds in Welshpool learning about photography and taking photos to add to a new photo collage display board. Montgomeryshire Wildlife trust arranged the day which was led by a local artist Linda James.
Young Wildlife photographers

‘I feel I really achieved something’ said one proud young Carer at the end of the day.Young Wildlife photographers

Young Wildlife photographers

Young Adult Carers camp

This years Yac camp was open to all 14-17yr olds from Powys. We camped in Rhayader and had access to the indoor space of Rhayader Junior football club room.

15 Young Adults met up for 3 days of mixed weather which challenged our tents, but we all survived!

Young Adult Carers camp

We used the local swimming pool, had a morning at Elan Valley lakes doing high ropes, the leap of faith and the crate challenge and enjoyed a hot carvery and delicious pudding out at Ty Morgan’s.

 

Young Adult Carers campThe camp also created space for making friends, playing cards, sitting by a campfire and generally chilling.