STAFF at a primary school are celebrating after being recognised for their efforts to support young carers.

Hartside Primary Academy, in Crook, has been awarded the Young Carers Neighbourhood Charter in recognition of the support provided to young carers within the school and wider community.

The award process involved raising awareness through assemblies, display, discussion and staff training then identifying individuals who might require support.

Karen Turnbull, the school’s Community Outreach Worker who completed the application said: “I have worked with and supported Young Carers and their families for around ten years within my different roles in schools.

“When I started in my role at Hartside one of my aims was to raise awareness of young carers and this presented the opportunity to work towards the Young Carers Neighbourhood Charter for the school. We gained our award in March of this year and it was a huge achievement for our school.

“I have met so many wonderful young people over the years, some whom didn’t even realise that they were young carers. They just needed someone to listen to them, understand, support, be their voice and believe in them and help them reach their goals.”

Ms Turnbull said the school will continue to support its young carers.