Young Adult Carers are students aged 14-25 who care for a parent/guardian, sibling, grandparent or other relative on a regular basis. The person they care for might suffer from a physical condition or mental illness that means they needs support, supervision and ongoing care.
Caring is a time-consuming job, which can often be difficult and tiring. This can mean it is more difficult for students who are Young Adult Carers to focus on learning and studying, and sometimes caring commitments can affect attendance and punctuality.
Caring for a loved one with poor health can also have an impact on the health of the carer. Many Young Adult Carers experience stress, anxiety or other mental health issues.
All of these factors can have a significant impact on a student’s college life and their success on their course.
At The City of Liverpool College, we understand that Young Adult Carers can sometimes need special types of support. This can range from simply making sure your tutors understand your punctuality might be affected, to counselling, to support groups. We will always work with you to understand what your individual support needs might be.
If you’re a young adult carer, we will work with you to put a support plan in place. Each support plan will be different, but can include:
Young Adult Carer ID card
A Young Adult Carer ID card acts as a discrete way for you to let college staff know you are a YAC when you need to.
Access Counselling Services
We’ll help you to access college talking therapies.
Help with Carer Assessment Forms
We’ll help you to register as a carer so you can receive government support.
Support with Learning
We’ll work with you to put a keep you on track with your learning. This might include extending deadlines or timetable changes.
We work with a network of outside agencies who offer a range of support to Young Adult Carers, and will help you to get involved in the services they offer.
Click HERE to download the list of partner organisations
For more information, or to access support, you can speak to your progress leader or contact the student support team on 0151 252 3733 or email email@example.com