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Carers Rights Day 2018: caring for the future of young adult carers
29 November 2018 by Charlotte Robey

Carers Rights Day 2018: caring for the future of young adult carers

Today is Carers Rights Day, an important campaign which aims to raise awareness of the needs and rights of carers. This year’s theme, ‘caring for your future’, emphasises the difference that having the right information at...Read more »

The new cross-government action plan for carers
13 June 2018 by Nicola Aylward

The new cross-government action plan for carers

Last week the Department of Health and Social Care published its new cross-government action plan for carers. Two years ago, L&W, and many other organisations responded to the Department’s call for evidence, to inform a new...Read more »

We are sacrificing our education and future for the short-term help of the Carer’s Allowance
15 March 2018 by Guest Blogger

We are sacrificing our education and future for the short-term help of the Carer’s Allowance

Hello, my name is Lucy Prentice, I am 20 years old and a full-time carer for my mother.  I have been a carer since the age of 11 when my mother suffered a raptured brain aneurysm. ...Read more »

HRH The Princess Royal helps to highlight the inequalities young adult carers face in education and employment
8 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

HRH The Princess Royal helps to highlight the inequalities young adult carers face in education and employment

HRH The Princess Royal, Learning and Work Institute’s patron, attended last week’s Positive Transitions – Supporting Young Adult Carers in Learning and Work conference to help raise awareness of young adult carers’ needs and experiences. The...Read more »

Providing tailored positive careers guidance to carers
24 October 2017 by Charlotte Robey

Providing tailored positive careers guidance to carers

Being involved in the Positive Career Choices work was really different.  I had never done anything like this before, and neither had the young people I support. It was really interesting.  We recruited a few champions...Read more »

How to ensure IAG for young adult carers is meaningful
24 October 2017 by Charlotte Robey

How to ensure IAG for young adult carers is meaningful

I would like to discuss the importance of information, advice and guidance around education and careers for young carers. Notice I haven’t said “tailored” in the above sentence? With good reason. It seems to me that...Read more »

New Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit for young adult carers
23 October 2017 by Charlotte Robey

New Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit for young adult carers

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of our new toolkit to support young adult carers in making informed decisions about education and work. The launch is being supported by a series of free workshops...Read more »

New promotional materials to give young adult carers fair access to financial support in learning
12 September 2017 by Charlotte Robey

New promotional materials to give young adult carers fair access to financial support in learning

In England and Wales there are over 300,000 young adult carers, who provide over £5 billion of unpaid care each year. Despite the vital contribution they make to their families and society, young adult carers are...Read more »

New young adult carers website for Carers Week 2017
12 June 2017 by Charlotte Robey

New young adult carers website for Carers Week 2017

Today is the beginning of Carers Week 2017, which this year is focussed on building carer-friendly communities. Learning and Work Institute has long worked to support learning providers and employers to be more young adult carer-friendly....Read more »

“Great to hear what people are doing to help young adult carers like me”
26 January 2017 by Emma

“Great to hear what people are doing to help young adult carers like me”

Emma, a young adult carer from York, attended a meeting of our National Policy Forum for Young Adult Carers on 11th January 2017. In this blog, she talks about her experience and what she gained from...Read more »

25 January 2017 by Nicola Aylward

Young Adult Carers – responsibilities, but what about rights?

For most young people the acquisition of rights and responsibilities goes hand in hand. As they get older, their responsibilities gradually increase, but so do their rights. This process is an important part of growing up...Read more »

Carers Rights Day 2016
24 November 2016

Carers Rights Day 2016

Today is Carers Rights Day, when organisations across the country help carers to understand their rights and the support they are entitled to.

Learning and Work Institute announces 6 pilots for ‘Positive Career Choices for Young Adult Carers’
14 November 2016

Learning and Work Institute announces 6 pilots for ‘Positive Career Choices for Young Adult Carers’

Funded by the Department of Health’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) grants fund, ‘Positive Career Choices for Young Adult Carers’ is working with six carers services across England to develop and pilot a tailored careers...Read more »

What Employers Want programme provides new opportunities for young people
2 November 2016

What Employers Want programme provides new opportunities for young people

With the success of the What Employers Want programme, culminating in the creation of the What Employers Want website, Learning and Work are pleased to announce the exciting next phase of the project to tackle youth unemployment.

External support crucial for young adult carers to develop educational paths
7 June 2016 by Guest Blogger

External support crucial for young adult carers to develop educational paths

My name is Daisy, I’m 18 years old. I live in Rugby and I care for my mum who has been diagnosed with several mental health conditions and now is also suffering from physical disabilities. My...Read more »

Being a carer isn’t a choice, but I wouldn’t change any of it
7 June 2016 by Guest Blogger

Being a carer isn’t a choice, but I wouldn’t change any of it

Most people see carers as people who look after physical disabilities but it is so much wider than this. Mental health and substance misuse is on the rise – what happens to the family members who...Read more »

6 June 2016

Breaking down barriers to learning and work for young adult carers – Carers Week 2016

To mark the start of Carers Week 2016, Learning and Work Institute is launching new resources developed through our successful 'WE Care' project to help build more carer friendly communities.

College gave me hope for the future despite my caring responsibilities
10 June 2015 by Craig

College gave me hope for the future despite my caring responsibilities

Eighteen year old Craig has been a carer for his mum and dad since he was twelve, and to mark Carers Week (8 - 14 June) he has shared his experiences of learning whilst caring with us. 

8 June 2015 by Nicola Aylward

Three simple policy changes could better support young adult carers

To mark Carers Week (8-14 June), Nicola Aylward, NIACE's Head of Learning for Young People, is calling for three simple policy changes that could make a positive impact on the lives and life chances of young adult carers.

6 May 2015 by Nicola Aylward

Unlocking the talents of Young Adult Carers

In the next in our series of blogs examining our Ten Policies for Ten People blogs, Nicola Aylward details the actions the next Government must take to help unlock the talents of Young Adult Carers.

It is possible to be a Carer and work!
11 March 2014 by Carina

It is possible to be a Carer and work!

A guest blog from young adult carer, Carina, as part of NIACE’s WE Care project, which is exploring the support young adult carers require to make successful transitions into learning and work.

Caring has become a part of who I am
13 June 2013 by Louise B

Caring has become a part of who I am

Today’s is the last guest blog in our series for National Carers Week. Louise, shares the challenges she has faced, as well as the rewards she has reaped, as a young adult carer. Along with my...Read more »

Employers and teachers should recognise the needs of carers
11 June 2013 by Matt

Employers and teachers should recognise the needs of carers

Continuing a series of guest blogs for National Carers Week, young adult carer, Matt, tells us what he thinks employers and schools can do to better support people with caring responsibilities.

Proper awareness of what carers do could improve our lives
10 June 2013 by Louise A

Proper awareness of what carers do could improve our lives

In the first of a series of guest blogs for National Carers Week, Louise shares the challenges she has faced growing up as a carer and what she thinks could make a real difference to others in the same situation.

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