Together European Partnership Project

It is important that young carers and their families communicate openly with one another to ensure that young people are supported in their caring roles.

Carers Trust Scotland is part of an Erasmus+ funded TOGETHER project, with partners in Belgium, Germany, Greece and Italy.  The project, in its 24-month duration, aims to raise awareness of young carers and to support them and their families. The main goal is to develop, test and disseminate three intellectual outputs:

  • Awareness raising material to inform children and adults about how important it is to cooperate and be supportive with each other when there is a caring responsibility in the family;
  • A training workshop for young carers and their families, facilitating open dialogue around the caring relationship, the impact this may be having on the young carer and how the whole family can support one another.
  • An e-learning programme for professionals on promoting a whole family approach when supporting young carers.

Our ultimate goal is to have a positive impact on families in order to support young carers; reducing the negative impacts caring responsibilities can bring and improving young people’s well-being, social inclusion and community engagement.

This will be done by helping young carers, their families and professionals to adopt a whole family approach, where:

  • Members of the household (including the cared-for person) are encouraged to communicate openly about the illness and caring;
  • The condition of the cared-for person is explained clearly to the younger members of the family; and
  • Families are helped in building positive relationships.

Next steps

The next steps will consist in the analysis of awareness raising material (books, videos, films, leaflets, articles) in each of the partners’ country and the creation of innovative tools and materials to support young carers and their families.

To find out more about the project and to get involved in our future activities, TOGETHER project website will be available in due course -  www.togethereuproject.eu.

You can also contact Paul Traynor, ptraynor@carers.org and Nicola Bell, nbell@carers.org for more information.