Kempston Challenger Academy | Young Carers
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Young Carers

What is a Young Carer?

A young carer is anyone, of any age, who as part of their normal life,
offers help and support to a relative or friend who is dependent on them.

It has been estimated that there are over 700,000 carers in the UK
and of these many care for over 50 hours a week.

What might a young carer do?

Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework, and shopping.

Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.

Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.

Personal care, such as helping someone dress.

Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.

Helping to give medicine.

Helping someone communicate.

Looking after brothers and sisters.

Many young carers today feel that caring for others is a very rewarding
role bringing with it a range of positive, emotional and psychological
benefits. However, caring can also have adverse effects such as anxiety,
stress, tiredness, friendship issues, strains on relationships with
parents, staff and friendship groups and they can struggle to juggle their
education and caring. Young Carers often miss out on some of the emotional
and practical support Parents/Carers often can’t give due to their illness.

As a young carer, you can find helping someone very rewarding, but you also
have the right to be looked after. Young carers national miss an average of
48 days of school because of their roles so it is very important that you
recognize any problems and speak to use as we have strategies and staff to
support you. Speak to any member of staff or you can go straight to Mr
Thomas or Mrs. Gingell.

At KCA we support young Carers through

  • Pastoral support
  •  Access to homework clubs
  • Coursework catch up
  • Revision sessions
  • After school clubs
  • Drop-in sessions
  • Young Carers monthly meetups
  • Providing opportunities such as Young Carers trips

Below you’ll find various grant applications and financial support along
with direct links to helpful websites and chat forums.