Hats off and capes away to the two front runners in the Schools Super Snap Competition organised by Blackpool Carers Centre to raise awareness of young carers.
Two small schools with big hearts led the way on Young Carers Awareness Day in recognition of the heroic efforts of young carers – and the many hats they have to wear looking after others.
Staff and pupils at runners up Highfurlong School made a very special effort on behalf of the resort’s young carers – donning all manner of hats for the occasion.
But it was the Carers’ Superheroes Assembly at Kincraig Primary, Bispham, which triumphed ultimately – claiming the very first Schools’ Super Snap award and certificate.
The school, which won high praise in a recent Ofsted inspection with behaviour and safeguarding rated as outstanding, rose to the challenge set – and sent Batman, Superman, Captain America, Spiderman, Thor and other mini marvels to the aid of young carers.
The school also raised £121 for Blackpool Carers Centre – and both schools raised awareness of young carers through their super social media platforms too.
It’s hoped the event will go from strength to strength as most schools, big or small, have carers helping out at home in a manner which goes way beyond the usual household or pocket money chores.
Assistant head teacher Alex Kilpatrick said pupils had come to realise just how much young carers did at home. “We were delighted to support Young Carers Awareness day. It’s great to lead the way in the very first Super Snap competition – we hope many more follow.”
Blackpool Carers Centre, Head of Services Faye Atherton said, “We are so proud of our local schools who support our work with young carers. As many as 1 in 12 children are young carers, so creating more awareness helps to identify those children and families early to make sure that they get the very best support. Well done to all who took part in the Young Carers’ Awareness Day Schools’ Super Snap event. We look forward to even more schools joining in with the fun next year!”
If your school would like to be involved in next year’s Schools’ Super Snap Competition, please contact Kay Soper on 01253 393748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.