Across the UK, 6.5 million people are carers. The 2011 Census figures from England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland show there are more than 375,000 young adult carers in the UK aged 14–25, who are providing support and assistance to their families and friends. For a student who has caring responsibilities, trying to transition to, through and beyond university, can be extremely challenging and for some a barrier.
A carer is defined as “anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. A carer is not a parent, unless they are caring for a disabled child, nor does it include caring responsibilities as part of a voluntary placement or paid work (e.g. child/pet minding) whether inside or outside the student’s course.”
Students who declare their caring responsibilities to Student Services will be supported in a number of ways, for example:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details of the support you could receive.