There are an estimated 30,000 carers under the age of 25 in Wales. Carers Trust Wales works to help young and young adult carers overcome barriers in life.

Going Higher Wales

The Going Higher Wales project's aim is to work with all universities in Wales, to encourage them to adopt 'carer-friendly' policies to support young adult carers throughout their time in higher education.

It also aims to work with young adult carers to support them in the process of applying to, and staying at, university.

So far the project has been successful in:

  • Securing commitment from eight universities to implement carer-friendly policies.
  • Equipping six young adult carers starting university with a 'starter pack' of essentials.
  • Hosting a 'taste of university life' day at Swansea University and Cardiff University for young adult carers to experience a taster lecture, have a tour of campus, and to learn about student finance and support.
  • Hosting workshops for young adult carer support workers in conjunction with The Open University in Wales.
  • Hosting a two-day residential in Bangor University.
  • Developing a Young Adult Carer Council made up of carers from across Wales, who will seek to influence policy affecting carers and speak on their behalf.
  • Hosting a conference which brought together widening access staff from universities across Wales, to increase awareness and share best practice of how best to support carers.

Time to be Heard campaign

The Time to be Heard campaign was aimed at helping young adult carers make their voices heard, engage with politics and access higher education.

The campaign included a residential at the University of Wales Trinity St David for young adult carers from across Wales to experience university life and learn about the support available at university for carers.

Young Adult Carer Council 

Our Young Adult Carer Council informs and shapes our campaigning work, and is made up of 12 young adult carers from across Wales.

If you would like to find out more about our work with Young Adult Carers, contact Elizabeth Taylor, Education Officer etaylor@carers.org.