West Berkshire news
Safe in Our Hands
Lynne Doherty, Executive Portfolio: Children, Education and Young People, and Linda Curtis, Senior Education Welfare Officer, recently visited schools to present the certificate for the West Berkshire Anti-Bullying Accreditation.
Well done to these schools!
Kennet Valley Primary School
Shaw-cum-Donnington Primary School
The Ilsleys' Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
There are some schools working towards this award. If you would like to join them please contact:
Senior Education Welfare Officer
Tel: 01635 519788
West Berkshire Young Carers
My name is Joe Sutton and I am the new Young Carers Coordinator for West Berkshire. I have the privilege of working with children who selflessly support their family members. A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. Since coming into post on the 27th March, I have been busy meeting with young carers, professionals and projects in other districts. On 30th May, I also held a consultation event for our service users and the professionals who work with them. The information gathered from this event, as well as my research from other projects, will go into creating a new Young Carers Strategy, which will evidence how we intend to meet the priorities set out in West Berkshire’s Carers Strategy.
Over the next few months, I will also be looking to improve the current referral and assessment process. So that there is clear guidance about whom we can support and professionals are clear on how they can make a referral.
There will also be two young carers groups run on a weekly basis, one for primary aged children and one for carers who are in secondary school. In the first part of each session we will be looking to run workshops around self esteem, bullying and lots of other topics which are relevant to the young carers lives. There will also be a chance for the young carers to participate in accredited training courses such as first aid and manual handling. In the second part of the session there will be fun and engaging activities for the young carers to participate in. It is important to note that the Young Carers Project is a support service first and the activities are an additional bonus and not the main provision.
To help with the weekly group and transporting the young carers, I will be attempting to recruit volunteers. We will be looking for people of all ages and experience to help with the project. Volunteering is subject to a DBS check and also if the volunteer would like to drive, a clean driving licence. My contact details are at the bottom, if you or someone you may know is interested in helping.
I am keen to get across that working with young carers is something that is built in, rather than bolted on. By this I mean that I will be working with other services, such as health and education to find ways that they can best support the needs of young carers within their own services, as well as referring them to our project. For instance, I will be supporting schools to access the Young Carers in Schools Award, which is a nationally recognised scheme that makes it as easy as possible, to identify and support young carers and awards good practice.
There are lots of exciting and challenging times ahead; by working together I believe that we can really help the young carers who really do a fantastic job.
If you would like more information about the service, or would like to volunteer, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your attention
Young Carers Coordinator
Nikki Davies, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator in Schools recently issued her latest edition of the Hub. If you would like to see a copy, please click here