Young adult carers are often invisible in their communities. The important role that they play in caring for family members is often misunderstood – by schools, colleges and universities, by employers, or by those in government. 

That's why Carers Trust Wales is pleased to announce the launch of 'Time to be Heard Wales'. We will be working with young adult carers across Wales over the next two years, helping them make their voice heard and carrying out a bespoke Wales-focused research project to better understand:

  • their experiences
  • the relevance of the recent findings of UK-wide research to young adult carers in Wales
  • how we can start to formulate solutions to the challenges they face 

Forming an advisory group

Carers Trust Wales is bringing a group of young adult carers to form an advisory group for 'Time to be Heard Wales' that will help steer the project; a residential with YACs is planned for November 2014 with work underway to host a professionals' conference in spring 2015 for politicians, employers, education providers to hear the views of YACs in Wales.

This work will culminate in the launch of a 'Time to be Heard Wales' research report.

The report will draw together the findings of a number of engagement events with young adult carers and lay out clear recommendations for a way forward in tackling the challenges faced by young adult carers and ensuring their voices are not just heard but listened to and acted upon.