Quilter plc has launched an innovative collaborative partnership through its charitable foundation with Carers Trust and The Mix.

The partnership aims to invest around £1.5 million over three years to develop and deliver pioneering support services for young adult carers in the UK, enhancing their future lifetime opportunities by building their sense of resilience and ensuring they receive vital support to move into adulthood. 

Thanks to this funding, Carers Trust, the UK’s largest charity supporting unpaid carers, will be able to deliver grants programmes that provide immediate relief to young adult carers who face barriers to their wellbeing, education or employment prospects. These include activities such as maths tuition, residentials, confidence building, coaching, mindfulness and wellbeing classes, CV building, skills training and public speaking.

The programme will also look at inspiring long-term change by developing, piloting and evaluating new innovative programmes which support young adult carers to make positive changes along their journey into adulthood. The projects will aim to reduce the skills deficit and support young adult carers to reach their aspirations and longer-term goals through peer support groups, 1-2-1 support and a range of wellbeing and resilience-building activities.

In the UK, there are 376,000 young people aged 16–25 with unpaid caring responsibilities, but experts believe this is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg. Many young adult carers are hidden from view, slipping under the radar of vital support services.

As young adult carers can often become isolated because of their caring role, when they reach out for support, this can be online, to seek confidential advice or to chat to other young people. The Mix is a free, confidential digital support service for under 25s. It connects young people to experts and their peers to talk and get support.

Recently, the government found that 67% of current or past young carers had not received any support. Many services are only funded to work with young carers up to the age of 18 and 79% of young carers are worried about moving on as they felt there was no support for them. Yet this group experiences poorer mental and physical health than their peers, and misses out on opportunities in education and employment as a result of their caring responsibilities.

In November 2017, Quilter PLC launched the Quilter Foundation, a registered UK charity, which aims to empower young people to transform their lives, to thrive and prosper, with the right support in place for them.

Paul Feeney, CEO of Quilter plc and Chair of The Quilter Foundation comments:

“Unpaid carers save the UK an astonishing £132 billion a year.* A figure that will most certainly grow as our society ages.  Young people involved in the care of family members can feel isolated, struggle with mental health issues and tend to have poorer outcomes in education and employment. That’s not acceptable and we can do something about that. As part of our partnership Quilter plc employees will bring their passion and time to directly help young carers in their local communities through Carers Trust’s network.” 

Giles Meyer, CEO of Carers Trust, says:

“We know that young adult carers are more likely to fall behind, be bullied and suffer from anxiety and depression. The impact of caring at this critical stage can severely impact their ability to prosper in adulthood.

“We’re thrilled to start a three-year partnership with Quilter plc to address this issue. Funds raised for the partnership will help us make a real difference to young carers lives and achieve a step-change in public understanding of caring responsibilities and attitude to young adult carers.”