All 5 laptops have gone to families in need of the help with children who did not have access to their own laptops from home.
The first three have gone to individual children who do a lot of caring and supporting within the home. Two of these young carers support parents dealing with siblings with challenging behaviours. Their home life can be quite difficult and present with a lot of challenges. Neither had access to school work at home and we have been told this will make such a difference as they are able to access additional educational materials and they can have time out when things are challenging at home.
The third laptop went to a Young Carer who is the primary carer for a parent. She provides a high level of physical care in the house hold and she is doing exams at the moment and was trying to do all this work off her phone. She can now use the laptop to do her school work as well as having video calls with her friends in the evening meaning the social isolation is reduced as she is not able to go far due to her caring role.
The last two have gone to two siblings who were also trying to do school work on their phones. One of which has just started college so this will put her in a great position to be able to engage with course work on line. They also support with the care of a challenging sibling and spend a lot of time at home due to the commitments this presents. They now have access to video calling and will be equipped educationally as they move into GCSE’s and college.
All of our families have sent thanks and gratitude for the laptops, they will be put to good use and will help with education and reduced isolation.
– Holly Cragg, Young Carers Lead of Carer support in South Lakes