East Coast College (ECC) has been presented with the Carer Friendly Tick Award for Education in recognition of its work to make the college a welcoming place for all young carers and young adult carers.

ECC has become the first further education college in the region to receive the award which was presented by Caring Together, a leading charity supporting carers of all ages across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Maria Watson, Student Wellbeing and Tutorial Co-ordinator, East Coast College student ambassadors Chelsea Tomkinson and Chloe Eden and Catherine Duffield, Student Services Manager, holding the Carer Friendly Tick Award outside the college.
Maria Watson, Student Wellbeing and Tutorial Co-ordinator, East Coast College student ambassadors Chelsea Tomkinson and Chloe Eden and Catherine Duffield, Student Services Manager, holding the Carer Friendly Tick Award outside the college.

In order to achieve the accolade, ECC had to demonstrate how it raises awareness and supports its young carers in all aspects of their college life.

Nikki Lane, Assistant Principal for Student Support and Wellbeing, said: “We’re really proud to be awarded the Carer Friendly Tick Award in Education. It’s vitally important that our young carers have a voice to help make college an accessible and welcoming place for all with caring responsibilities.

“We reviewed our student journey to ensure that we met all the standards and requirements to the highest level. We work alongside our young carers and young adult carers to support their wellbeing and to help them progress into their chosen careers.”

East Coast College has been presented with the Carer Friendly Tick Award for Education.
East Coast College has been presented with the Carer Friendly Tick Award for Education.

Andy McGowan, Head of Carer Services at Caring Together said: “We are really pleased to see East Coast College become the first further education college to be awarded the Carer Friendly Tick – Education.

“The college provides a range of support to young carers and young adult carers throughout their time with the college – ranging from additional support to access interviews in a way that fits with their caring responsibilities, to a carers’ card, to academic support that is focused on the individual needs of the young carer.”

“We would like to congratulate them and thank them for their work to help carers at the college.”

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