Young carer and young adult carer work in Scotland
Carers Trust Scotland undertakes national work to improve awareness, identification and support for all young carers and young adult carers in Scotland.
Key areas of activity:
Young Carer Mental Health Toolkit
This toolkit is for youth professionals working with young carers. The toolkit offers practical activities to generate discussions around topics which young carers identified as areas they wanted more information about, which include dealing with emotions, coping with exam stress, challenging negative thinking and tips around good sleep, relaxation and staying well.
Young Carers Action Day 2023
Young Carers Action Day 2023 took place on 15 March.
Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance
The Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance (SYCSA) is a network of local young carers services across Scotland and one of the National Carer Organisations. The SYCSA is hosted by Carers Trust Scotland. Currently there are 51 local carer organisation members providing direct face to face support to young carers.
Scottish Young Carers Festival
The Scottish Young Carers Festival has been delivered by Carers Trust Scotland for the last 15 years with an average of 500 young carers attending each year. The Scottish Young Carers Festival provides a chance for young carers to have a break from their caring role, meet other young carers, take part in consultation and most importantly, have fun.
Primary and secondary education in Scotland
Our National Strategic Education work aims to standardise training and awareness of young carers for teachers/education staff throughout Scotland.
We undertake primary and secondary education research and policy development work to identify possible areas for improvement for young carers’ education and help to support education professionals to identify young carers.
Scottish Youth Parliament
Carers Trust Scotland is a national organisational member of the Scottish Youth Parliament. We support two Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) who represent young carers and young adult carers, aged 12 – 25, across Scotland.
Together European Partnership Project
Carers Trust Scotland was part of an Erasmus+ funded TOGETHER - A whole Family Approach for Young Carers project with partners in Belgium, Germany, Greece and Italy. The project aimed to raise awareness of young carers and to support them and their families.
Introducing children's rights
Training tool for gaining an understanding of children's rights, rights frameworks (e.g. UNCRC) and rights-based legislation (e.g. the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.