Young Carers Receive Mayor’s Citizenship Award

Members of Pencoed Comprehensive’s Young Carers group receive the Mayor’s Citizenship Award.

We were delighted to welcome former Mayor of Bridgend Cllr Stuart Baldwin, and current Mayor of Bridgend Cllr John Spanswick, to Pencoed Comprehensive today to present out Young Carers with the Mayor’s Citizenship Award.

Bridgend Council sites the awards as being “the most prestigious annual community awards, celebrating exceptional citizens within Bridgend County Borough”.

Individuals and groups can be nominated for their contribution to the community, either through volunteering, charity fundraising, committing an act of bravery, an outstanding achievement, or helping to put their community on the map in a positive way.

Our Young Carers group were due to be presented the award at a ceremony in March 2020, which was unfortunately cancelled due to lockdown. Despite the delay, staff are absolutely thrilled for our Young Carers to receive the award today.

Mayor of Bridgend, Cllr Spanswick talks with Ms Zara Clarkson, who runs our Young Carers group.

Ms Zara Clarkson, who leads our Young Carers group, was especially proud of the pupils. “As well as the support and care they provide at home on a daily basis, these pupils have done so much to raise the profile of Young Carers within our school – including providing input to Health and Wellbeing lessons, to educate their peers about what it means to be a Young Carer. To watch them grow in confidence through our Young Carers group has been fantastic.”

“These pupils are an inspiration,” said Deputy Head, Mrs Natasha Charles, “balancing the challenges and responsibilities of being young carers, whilst maintaining consistent standards in their academic studies and attendance. For their efforts to be recognised with this award is outstanding.”

Pupils discuss their lives as Young Carers.

Pupils took the opportunity to tell Mayor Spanswick about what their roles as Young Carers entailed, and the impact it has on their lives. They were also quick to praise Ms Clarkson, describing her as “just the nicest person, she’s always there to listen, and really understands what we go through.”

Congratulations to all of our Young Carers.