A special event celebrating the work of both schools and services in supporting carers took place in Penarth this week.

The Carers Trust South East Wales Accreditation Awards celebrate and acknowledge the work both schools and organisations in south Wales have done to support carers.

The Young Carers in Schools programme works to ensure young carers get the right help and support they need to learn, and works in partnership with health boards, local authorities and carers’ services to ensure young carers and their families get the right support. And our Carer Friendly Accreditation scheme aims to improve, share and recognise support for carers in health and social care services.

Jane Rowlands-Mellor, Lead Nurse Patient Experience at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said: “It was such a privilege to have attended the event yesterday to share the celebrations with those receiving the Young Carers in Schools and Carer Friendly Awards. It was wonderful that our three Information and Support Centres and wards B6 and B4 Haematology received Carer Friendly Accreditation. A huge thank you to all the carers and staff who have made this happen and I hope that many more wards and areas receive this accreditation in the future.  This accreditation aligns perfectly to the ongoing work being undertaken in the Health Board to implement the principles of ‘Johns Campaign’.”

Lowri Owen, a young carer from Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, said: “I think it’s great that the school has had recognition for its work in supporting young carers like me. This accreditation will help give young carers the confidence to come forward and say that they are carers and to ask for help if they need it.”

The event took place at Penarth Town Hall on Monday afternoon. Huge congratulations to everyone that picked up an award!

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