BRUSHING up on some soccer skills was a chance for some respite for young carers at Rockingham Senior High school last week.
Several students at the school care for their own family members who either have a disability, mental illness or chronic condition.
These roles are usually not paid and can take much time from a student’s daily routine.
In conjunction with Carers WA Cloud Program (a non-profit, community-based organisation and registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of family carers) the school hosted a fun sports session with soccer skills extraordinaires, the Brazos Football Club .
The club set up their clinic that aims to teach leadership and respect while engaging in something fun and feeling a sense of achievement when each student ‘gets’ a new skill.
On a day that brought much needed relief for these students through laughter they were all presented with a medallion, certificate and water bottle.
They were also treated to a special morning tea to thank them for all the hard work they do as young carers.
The Cloud Program is a new schools engagement initiative which aims to actively engage with schools to increase awareness and support for young carers in the education system.
They work alongside Carers WA counselling teams to raise awareness and support young carer students, parents and educators.