Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron has been awarded the Investors in Carers Bronze Award in recognition of their commitment and support for carers and their families. Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron is the second school in Ceredigion to receive this award.

The Investors in Carers Bronze Level award is a regional partnership quality standards scheme, which is delivered through Hywel Dda University Health Board, with Ceredigion County Council and third sector partners in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Heather West is Ceredigion County Council’s Carers Lead Officer. She said: “It was a pleasure to visit Aberaeron School to see Mrs Anwen Davies. Deputy Head-teacher and Carers Lead presented with the Investors in Carers Bronze Award. The Award is testament to the hard work of Anwen and Nia Phillips supported by Head Teacher Owain Jones in achieving this accolade. By identifying and signposting Young Carers, as well as reminding everyone of the importance of Carer awareness, each Young Carer receives the support and information they need. Young Carers can realise that they are not alone in the challenges they might face in maintaining their academic journey whilst caring and supporting for a family member at home.”

Investors in Carers was developed in Ceredigion in 2006 and since 2013 it has been an integral part of the overall West Wales Strategy for Carers. It also helps meet the needs of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and the new Welsh Government national priorities for adult and young Carers.

Anwen Davies Deputy Head-teacher and Carer Lead said: “Going for the Bronze Award has given us, as a school, a clear focus on what needs to be developed but also made us realise what we are doing well already. It has been a worthwhile challenge especially with the support from the Investors in Carers Team.”

The Investors in Carers initiative was originally designed to help health facilities to focus on and improve their carer awareness and enhance the help and support they give carers. The scheme has since been developed for all education settings with secondary schools and colleges. It can also be implemented across community and business sectors.

For more information about the Investors in Carers scheme visit: www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/carers or for useful advice for carers, visit: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/carers.