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Carers Trust offers a wide range of resources and information for anyone who works with carers. To find a resource, please use the search options in the right hand column or search through the list below. If you have any queries about our resources, please contact web@carers.org.

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Care Act for Carers One Year On

Carers Trust's report Care Act for carers: One Year On showed that there are some carers who are getting good support under the Care Act, as well as some examples of good practice.

Published: 2016

Toolkit

Engaging with Pharmacies

Pharmacies are visited by about 1.6 million people every day in England so they are ideally positioned to identify carers of all all ages including young carers. They can therefore play a key role in the early initiation of assessment and support which can be life changing. This toolkit is aimed at young carer services to support them to work collaboratively with pharmacies. It draws on the Young Carers Pharmacy Project that took place between 2014 and 2016. 

Published: 2016

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Invisible and in Distress: Prioritising the Mental Health of England's Young Carers

There are an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK; people who are under 18 who help look after someone in their family, or a friend, who are ill, disabled or misuse drugs or alcohol. The report highlights recommendations based on discussions with young carers, sector leaders and young carers services in the Carers Trust network.

Published: 2016

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Time to be Heard: A Call for Support for Young Adult Carers

Young adult carers are disadvantaged in their education, employment and wellbeing. These reports present evidence on the impact of caring unpaid for a family member or friend on the lives of young adult carers, using research carried out by the University of Nottingham. It represents the first large-scale survey of young adult carers aged 14-25. Reports cover England, Scotland and Wales.

Published: 2015

Toolkit

Breaking the Silence on Mental Health

This toolkit for young carer and young adult carer services shares learning from Carers Trust’s My Mental Health project. It has information, guidance and best practice on amplifying the voices of young carers and young adult carers and providing more opportunities for their input into mental health support.

Published: 2021

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Engaging with Young and Young Adult Carers during the Covid 19 Pandemic in Scotland

This resource details Carers Trust Scotland’s work with young and young adult carers and the services that support them during the pandemic.

Published: 2021

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The Student Carer Experience in Scotland

The research illuminates the lived experiences of student carers across Scotland’s colleges and universities, including the perspectives of those supporting them. Through an investigation of the challenges student carers face, and the barriers to accessing support, the research makes recommendations and suggestions to improve the studying experience for carers.

Published: 2020

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About Time Grant Evaluations

These independent evaluations review the successful delivery of the two About Time Grant programmes, Time for Change and Take Action and Support, which addressed the issues that can lead to young adult carers becoming disengaged from society.

Published: 2018

Toolkit

Supporting Students with Caring Responsibilities in Further Education in Wales

A Wales-specific, user-friendly resource, this toolkit was developed in partnership with Learning and Work Institute to increase awareness of student carers and their specific needs, promote existing good practice from colleges and carers services and offering expert recommendations.

Published: 2018

Toolkit

Supporting Young Carers in Schools. A Toolkit for Young Carers Services. Tools to Support Young Carer Services to Secure Funding for Local School Engagement Work

This tool, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services, provides key information for young carers services on gaining funding for school engagement work.

Published: 2017