WE Care – improving Work and Education for young adult carers

The WE Care project – improving Work and Education for young adult carers – was funded by the Department of Health’s Voluntary Sector Investment Programme. Through the project L&W undertook a wide range of development work to improve access to work and education for young adult carers.

Through the project we set up and supported four local pilot networks – in Leicester, Blackpool, York and County Durham – led by organisations that work with young adult carers, bringing together key stakeholders to plan and develop co-ordinated approaches to engaging and supporting young adult carers. We also produced a range of resources, including:

  • Afree set of posters – L&W worked with young adult carers to develop a set of free posters for learning providers and support services. The posters aim to raise awareness about the range of caring responsibilities young adult carers have, the challenges they bring, how they can impact on learning at college or university, and to encourage learning providers to put effective support in place. The posters can be displayed in FE colleges, other learning institutions and by carers’ support services. Each poster has a space for contact details of a designated member of staff who can support young adult carers with their learning.
  • Case studies of effective practice in supporting young adult carers to make positive transitions in learning and work.
  • Briefing for Health and Wellbeing Boards – Health and Wellbeing Boards were established in 2013 to improve the health and wellbeing of their local communities and reduce health inequalities.This briefing paper highlights young adult carers’ needs in accessing learning, why young adult carers should have the opportunity to contribute to and influence the work of their local Healthwatch and why they should be considered a priority group for Health and Wellbeing Boards when commissioning services in their local area. If you or your organisation is involved in your local Health and Wellbeing Board or Healthwatch, you can use ourbriefingto help champion the cause of young adult carers.
  • Briefing on young adult carers who are male or from BME backgrounds – Young adult carers have told L&W that they can experience additional challenges as a result of being a male or from a BME background.The purpose of these briefing papers is to define and raise awareness about these challenges and the support that young adult carers may need from carers services, learning providers and employers in order to overcome these.Download the briefings here – young male carersand carers from aBlack, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BME) background.