A total of thirty-eight staff from across schools, FE, HE and voluntary organisations attended ‘We Care’ training events at the University of Leicester on 13 October and Loughborough University on 15th November 2016.
The training session was delivered by Carol Taylor and Emily Hicks from the Learning and Work Institute with input from the three local universities and Barnardos CareFree Service Leicestershire. Designed to raise awareness of the issues and challenges young people with caring responsibilities may face and how this can impact on their life and education , a key element was hearing from Emily, a Young Adult Carer and graduate, who generously shared her experience of being a carer for a family member and her journey through school and college to University. The session included an interactive quiz and group discussions focusing on ways that we can support better transition through each stage of education and work together effectively to support Young Adult Carers achieve their full potential.
An interesting outcome was for staff not to overlook the positive experience that can develop from a young person’s experience of caring. Young people often develop attributes such as, resilience, organisation and commitment which can help them at HE level study and should be highlighted to potential employers and on university applications. Every attendee made at least one pledge that they would action in their organisation to support Young Adult Carers – committed to on giant Post-It notes!
The Carers Trust have some excellent online resources and toolkits for professionals in schools, FE, HE and employers supporting Young Adult Carers
Hear about the day from our participants. We asked them