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.
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.
The event raised £230 and our additional thanks go to The Cross Keys who hosted the event.
Welshpool Young Carers have been chosen as one of the three new local charities to vote for at Tesco’s Bags of Help starting next week on the 1st March.
We are applying for funds for a Summer Camp for Young Carers so PLEASE PLEASE remember to get a token and vote for us next time you are shopping in Welshpool Tesco store. Many thanks .
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
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.
A new catchy hit song was written and basic chords learnt to accompany it in a day at The Hafren over half term. Young Carers from Montgomeryshire worked under the expert guidance of Dai Robs and Dylan Penri to write, sing and perform the track. The Young Carers were each gifted with a ukelele to take home.
The lights and camera were focussed on Young Sibling Carers this half term at Honeypot. A photoshoot was arranged through All Wales Forum to celebrate this often hidden group of children who have their own extraordinary dreams and hopes for their futures.
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.
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.
‘I feel I really achieved something’ said one proud young Carer at the end of the day.
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!
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.
The camp also created space for making friends, playing cards, sitting by a campfire and generally chilling.
Young sibling Carers from North and mid Powys met up at Honeypot Pen y Bryn today to talk to staff from All Wales forum about their lives, hopes and dreams.
Staff were impressed by the young Carers positivity and confidence.
The day was made more enjoyable by the sunny weather and the play space of Honeypot.