26th Nov 2015
Campaigning For Carers
Katie Brooks is concerned that young carers don’t always get the support they need at school and is shedding light on the challenges faced by those with responsibilities at home.
The 24-year-old from Redcar and her team, which includes young carers, want to help teachers better understand the strain caring can place on a young person.
‘We’ve learned that within school, carers can sometimes feel that they aren’t supported well,’ explains Katie.
‘Their roles and responsibilities are not always understood or, in some cases, respected.
‘I work with young carers and know that they are truly inspirational young people.
‘They are passionate about helping others who have faced the same difficulties they have.
'Teachers should be more aware that many young people within their schools are carers.’
With Fixers, the group has helped create a leaflet to outline the things teachers could do to make young carers feel more at ease in the classroom.
Their suggestions include allowing access to phones in case of an emergency, setting up support groups and being more flexible if a carer has difficulty completing their homework.
To read Katie and her group’s Fixers leaflet, click on the image below.
‘The leaflet is very colourful and eye catching,’ comments Katie.
'It was distributed to students and teachers and I think it is perfect to get our message across.’
The group launched their campaign by handing out their leaflets at St Peter’s School in Middlesbrough and want to continue to show young carers that they can ask for help.
‘Our launch day was brilliant,’ adds Katie.
‘Young people were coming up to us and asking for support.
‘This in itself was a great achievement.’
To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.