We’ve over the moon to have been awarded Caring Together’s Carer Friendly Tick Award in recognition of our work to identify and support carers.
A panel of young carers assessed each application on behalf of Caring Together, a charity which supports people caring for family members or friends in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
It provides information and advice, run services in communities and campaign so that carers have choices. They are proud to support more than 17,000 carers and their families every year, but there are an estimated 178,000 carers living in our region. And this number is rising.
Tom Francis is a youth arts worker and carers champion here at The Garage.
He said: “We are really pleased to be recognised as a service which provides a welcoming and supportive environment for young carers and offers them a space to do their own thing, develop creative skills and make new friendships, with access to support and advice if they need it.”
We received the Carer Friendly Tick Award – Communities, for reasons including having two carers champions who act as a key contact for young carers accessing their services.
Andy McGowan, head of engagement at Caring Together, said: “With three in five of us likely to be a carer at some stage in our lives we are seeing more and more education, health, work, and community settings in Norfolk recognising the importance of identifying and supporting carers of all ages.
“Therefore, it’s really pleasing to see The Garage have their work to identify and support young carers recognised by our Carer Friendly Tick Award.
“We want to congratulate them on this and thank them for the creative ways in which they are engaging with young carers, which makes a real difference to them.
“We hope that other communities, schools, colleges, universities and health organisations, will follow in this good work. They can develop their own ways to identify and support carers, and we are here to help them do this.
“As the number and awareness of carers grows this will be an ever more important part of making sure carers are given the recognition, and help they deserve.”
The Garage would also like to congratulate Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy in King’s Lynn and Ashleigh Primary School in Wymondham, who also received Carer Friendly Tick Awards.
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