Free tuition for young carers project – official launch for Young Carers Awareness Day

Free tuition for young carers project – official launch for Young Carers Awareness Day

Connie Rothman Learning Trust is pleased to announce the official start of our Young Carers Supplementary Education project. Funded by the National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ scheme, this project is designed to help young carers receive the help that they need to reach their full potential in life.

Children who act as young carers look after family or friends who are ill, disabled, or misuse drugs or alcohol, and can be as young as five and up to the age of 18. There are over 700,000 young carers in the UK, and many who may be unidentified. The consequences of acting as a young carer are abundant, with children missing on average 48 school days per year.

The Young Carers project is open to children registered as young carers from Bournemouth, Poole, and the surrounding areas. Children will receive tuition on a weekly basis, improving motivation and attainment, boosting self-esteem, and making learning enjoyable. Parents and teachers are encouraged to get in touch to receive free of charge tuition for young carers in maths and English at the centre.

With many children who act as young carers often missing school, they can suffer from low confidence in learning, which can negatively impact their future opportunities. In fact, a report from The Children’s Society shows they achieve the equivalent of nine grades lower than their peers at GCSE, with over half struggling in higher education and 17% dropping out due to their caring role. At Connie Rothman Learning Trust, we believe every child should be able to fulfil their potential and we provide this opportunity through learning support and tuition.

Young carers’ support role also affects their mental health. Forty-five percent of young carers suffer with mental health issues and 68% report being bullied in school as a result of their caring role. Connie Rothman Learning Trust advocates MyTime, a Dorset-based respite charity for young carers, to enjoy the freedom and joy of their childhoods, and encourages families of young carers to reach out for their services.

We still have some places left on our project, so please get in touch with us on 01202 433673 or if you are interested.