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: A Whole Family Approach for Young Carers project, with partners based in Belgium, Germany, Greece and Italy. The project 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 peoples' well-being, social inclusion and community engagement.

Let’s Stay Together: Awareness Raising Resources!

We are delighted to share our awareness raising resources below. The Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance and members of our Young Adult Carer Advisory Group have helped shape these resources.

These resources aim to help young carers, their families and practitioners to adopt a whole family approach, where family members (including the person being cared for) are encouraged to communicate openly about the caring relationship.

Together: A Whole Family Approach for Young Carers supports practitioners by providing practical steps, guidance and useful resources. It is designed to support and complement the work practitioners already do across Scotland in supporting young carers.

Caring Within the Family: Starting that conversation, together are conversation cards that support families to initiate open and meaningful conversations about the impact caring roles are having on the family. They also signpost young carers and their families to useful resources and services.

Download the Together: A Whole Family Approach project poster. To help raise awareness of this work, the poster can be displayed in shops, cafes, health centres, carer centres and schools etc.

Download the Together: A Whole Family Approach project bookmark

We are running a pilot of these resources and are gathering as much feedback as we can! Please let us know how you found these resources, whether you are a practitioner, young carer or family member.

Next steps

The second phase of this project consists of developing and piloting a whole family workshop. This aims to facilitate 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.

To find out more about the project and to get involved in our future activities, visit  www.togethereuproject.eu.

Read the Together: A Whole Family Approach March 2021 Newsletter 

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