Young carer and young adult carer work in Scotland
Carers Trust Scotland undertakes national projects and work to improve awareness, identification and support for all young carers and young adult carers in Scotland.
Key areas of activity:
Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance
The Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance (SYCSA) is a network of young carers services across Scotland and one of the National Carer Organisations. The SYCSA is hosted by Carers Trust Scotland. Currently there are 41 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 13 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 Project 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 became a national organisational member of the Scottish Youth Parliament in 2016. Carers Trust Scotland supports 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 is part of an Erasmus+ funded TOGETHER - A whole Family Approach for Young Carers project with partners in Belgium, Germany, Greece and Italy. The project 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.