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 Carers Team Manager
SALARY: £26,260 per annum pro rata
HOURS: 21 per week
HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENT: 27 days pro rata plus statutory bank holidays
BASED AT: Llandrindod Wells Office/Home
- Do you have a passion for enabling young people to get the most out of life?
- Are you passionate about supporting young people to raise awareness and have a strong voice about issues that matter to them?
- Do you love supporting your team to give person-centered, strength based support and achieve excellent standards?
If this describes you, then you have an exciting opportunity to lead and support our passionate and committed Outreach team to empower Young Carers to enjoy a good quality of life and sense of wellbeing.
We are a charity which gives enabling, person-centered support to Young Carers and Adult Carers throughout Powys and Young Carers throughout Wrexham, Conwy & Denbighshire.
This post requires an enhanced DBS check with a children’s barred list check.
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Deadline for applications is 9am on 11/2/2019 to email@example.com
Interviews will be on 18/2/2019 in Newtown
Young Carers Outreach Worker
Mid Powys (LD1, LD2 & LD6 areas)
Hours: 36 per week
Fixed Term until 1st April 2019 (extension subject to funding)
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 9am 27th September
INTERVIEW DATE IS 3rd October in Llandrindod Wells
This is an exciting opportunity to support Young and Young Adult Carers in the Llandrindod, Builth and Rhayader areas, building on the excellent work already established. The post is based at home. It requires significant time in the key areas with regular team meetings in Llandrindod Wells.
A Young Carer is someone under 18 who helps to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. Young Adult Carers are aged 16-25. Caring can be rewarding and Young Carers can be more mature, empathetic and responsible than their peers. However it can be a significant challenge to juggle the practical and emotional issues involved in looking after someone, with fulfilling their own needs and aspirations.
You will support Young Carers to enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing, supporting them to address personal challenges, build on individual strengths, develop social and supportive networks and have an influence on services.
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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.
June 23 2018 – Across Wales Walk.
Outreach Worker extraordinaire, Janie from Llandrindod, will be walking 42 miles from Machynlleth to Anchor! Let’s accompany and support her, for all, or part, of the journey, whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery of Mid Wales.
Janie’s Just Giving page is at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/youngcarersacrosswaleswalk
More about the walk is at www.rotaryacrosswaleswalk.org
Salary: £21,175 pro rata
Hours: 21 per week
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS 9am Monday 12th February 2018
INTERVIEW DATE IS Wednesday 21st February 2018 in Brecon
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a movement that facilitates and enables Young Carers to enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing. Are you passionate about supporting young people and communities in a way that is enabling and empowering? Are you excited by the prospect of sharing your own skills and experience, learning new skills, and reflecting on your practice with others? Are you also organised and able to make a tangible, practical difference when working with young people and communities?
• The Rank Foundation are investing in Young Carers in Ystradgynlais and are funding Credu for 3 years to recruit and an outstanding outreach worker who will:
• Undertake skilful one to one work with individuals, helping each individual with what is important to them.
• Help Young Carers build up their sources of support within their school and community, where needed.
• Raise awareness and recognition with Young Carers
• Support and Organise fortnightly groups with Young Carers
• Support and organise trips and experiences with Young Carers
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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.
On 20th November we supported Young Carers to attend the county wide ‘Have Your Say Day’ which saw 100 children and young people from schools across Powys discuss issues including Mental health and Wellbeing Being, Physical Health, Apprenticeships and training and Post 16 learning.
We took the opportunity to ask Powys school children about their knowledge of what a Young Carers is, whether they would like to know more about Young Carers and how they would like this information.
34 of the 39 questioned knew what a YC was/did. 37 of the 39 wanted more information from us. When asked how that information would be best received, the top answers were a short film/video, a workshop in school or a school assembly.
We are planning to respond to this for Young Carer Awareness Day on 25th January 2018 by providing activities and assemblies in schools and we are working with a local film maker to produce a short film for schools in 2018.
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.
Views are being sought by the Powys Public Service Board on their draft vision and objectives which aim to improve well-being for future generations in Powys.
Details about the Well-being of Future Generations Act are available on the Welsh Government website (click here).
Please take a look and contribute your views by 17th September. It is important to add our voice to help shape policy for our county.