The aim of this project is to deliver a consultation and research project with Young Carers aged 13-19 living and studying in the city of Brighton and Hove who are supporting either a parent or sibling with a disability, long-term or terminal illness, a learning disability, a mental health condition or a substance misuse issue.

There is both national and local evidence that Young Carers are less likely to apply for, attend and complete Higher Education courses than their peers; Carers Trust research found that 29% of Young Carers drop out of degree courses which is four times higher than average. Locally, some of the barriers to accessing HE include managing independent study whilst juggling a caring role which takes a physical and emotional toll as well as feelings of guilt associated with leaving home and the cared-for person behind.

The project will aim to improve the identification and support of existing and future students in this demographic. Through capturing the voice of Young Carers, the project seeks to impact and influence policy decision-makers at the university. It will also provide information, advice and guidance Young Carers to help them make informed and confident decisions about their options.

Project Partners:  The University of Sussex and The Carers Centre

For further information please email our Innovation Fund Project Manager, Debra Vice-Holt