A leading Welsh school has made Carers Trust South East Wales their charity of the year for 2019/20.

Pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg sixth form decided to make CTSEW their charity of the year after working on a number of activities to raise awareness of young carers in 2019. The school has taken a number of steps to support pupils with care roles, and having secured the first stage of our Young Carers in Schools accreditation, they are now working towards the second phase.

Pupils and CTSEW staff have worked together to deliver a series of assemblies to raise awareness of young carers and the school runs a special drop in service for young carers to get information and advice or simply take a break. The school has identified over 50 young carers and are hoping more will come forward over the coming months.

The students have committed to running a number of exciting fundraising events through the year and kicked things off in spectacular style with a December swim in the sea at Barry Island!

Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg Head Girl Lowri Owen cares for her older brother, who has a range of additional needs. Lowri explains how her care role affects her day-to-day life: “As my parents are both in work, I usually have the responsibility of ensuring my brother gets to where he needs to be every day. I make sure he’s had his medication in the morning and wait with him until his transport arrives. As a family we pull together and caring for my brother isn’t solely my responsibility, but it does make you grow up a bit faster – that knowledge that someone is relying on you. It’s great the school have chosen Carers Trust South East Wales as the charity of the year as it will mean our staff, students and parents will understand more about the role of a young carer.”

Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg Deputy Head Catrin Bennett said: “We are very pleased our students have chosen Carers Trust South East Wales as the school’s charity of the year as we know the impact caring can have on our pupils life. We have a range of support mechanisms in place for young carers in the school and we are committed to ensuring young carers get the same opportunities and experiences as everyone else.” 

(l-r) CTSEW Senior Marketing and Communications Manager Ben Hennessy, 
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg Deputy Head Catrin Bennett and 
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg Head Girl Lowri Owen

Students and staff from the school take part in a rather chilly looking
Christmas fundraising swim in aid of CTSEW!