A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister.
Here at The Henry Beaufort School, we work with Alison Cross, the Schools & Support Co-ordinator for Winchester Young Carers, to support our young people whose lives are affected by caring for someone at home. Alison currently works in the five secondary schools in the Winchester District, and visits The Henry Beaufort School on a Wednesday, each week. During this time Alison runs a lunchtime drop in session for young carers to visit, to chat, play games and enjoy some time with one another. Alison also runs 1:1 sessions on her Wednesday visits, and runs assemblies each year for every year group to educate them about young carers. The drop in session is currently held in IT3.
Within school, Social Inclusion Officer Mrs Lewis is the point of contact for young carers. Mrs Lewis works closely with Alison so ensure all our young carers needs are being met. Mrs Lewis can be found in her office, in Prague building.