Almost 30 per cent of young adult carers drop out of further education due to the responsibilities of caring, with many putting their lives on hold to care for a loved one.

Working with colleges in Wales

Without qualifications, prospects for work are limited and can lead to financial difficulties. Which is why it’s so important for student carers to remain in education and reach their full potential. 

Through school I coped with home life by not letting anyone see what I did.” 

Young adult carer

Working with the Learning and Work Institute, we’ve developed a bilingual resource for further education providers in Wales. Funded by Welsh Government, it will increase understanding of young adult carers’ needs at college, and the guide includes recommendations from carers themselves on how they can best be supported to stay in education and pass their exams. 

Further information

Find out more and download our resource

Going Higher in Scotland

Half of the days that young adult carers spend at college or university are affected by caring. This could mean arriving late, leaving early, or being absent for the entire day.

Our campaign, Going Higher, calls on universities to ensure that young adult carers receive the support they need for the duration of their university degree.

Following our research into the needs of carers in higher education, and thanks to Erasmus+Programme of the European Union funding, we launched our Going Higher for Student Carers Recognition Award last year. This called for universities in Scotland to:

  • Identify the number of student carers attending or hoping to study at their institution
  • Support all student carers throughout their education.
  • Report on student carer progression and showcase their achievements.

In summer 2018 we presented three universities with the award – Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Aberdeen, and University of the Highlands and Islands (Inverness campus).

We’re delighted to announce that support from the Scottish Funding Council means that Carers Trust Scotland can continue its work in universities and expand it further in colleges too.

Further information

Find out more about our Going Higher for Student Carers Award.

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We featured our work with student carers in the September 2018 edition of our supporter's magazine We Care.

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