A CEREDIGION school has been recognised for supporting young carers.

Ysgol Bro Teifi in Llandysul has been given the Investors in Carers Bronze Level Award for its commitment to supporting students who are young carers and staff members who also care.

Ysgol Bro Teifi was assessed against six themes for the Investors in Carers scheme: carer lead, staff training, identification, information and support for carers, and evaluation. The school was also the first to submit its evidence in Welsh in Ceredigion.

A spokesperson for the school said: “Ysgol Bro Teifi is delighted to receive the Investors in Carers quality mark. The mark confirms the good work that goes on at the school to support the carers amongst our pupils and also our staff.

“Following training through the medium of Welsh the quality mark indicates that the school is able to identify and support carers and then refer them to the appropriate place for further support.

“The acting headteacher, Gareth Evans, would like to thank all the staff who are working tirelessly to support carers and also Mrs Delyth Evans for co-ordinating the application for this valuable quality mark.”

The Investors in Carers initiative was designed for GP practices, areas within hospitals and other organisations to improve their carer awareness and provides a foundation for helping to identify and support unpaid carers of all ages. It is delivered by Hywel Dda University Health Board and supported by the three county councils and third sector partners in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Cllr Wyn Thomas, Ceredigion County Council’s cabinet member for schools, lifelong learning and skills, said: “Congratulations to Ysgol Bro Teifi on receiving this award. Carers work tirelessly to look after family, partners or friends who need help, and ensuring that they get recognition within the school setting is invaluable.”

An unpaid carer is someone – no matter the age – who provides unpaid care and support to family or friends who otherwise would not be able to manage. This could include caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. For more information about the Investors in Carers scheme or for advice for carers, visit https://hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/services-and-teams/carers-information/ or email carersteam.hdd@wales.nhs.uk.