Young Carers and Unpaid Carers

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We recognise the challenges faced by students who have unpaid caring responsibilities for an adult, such as mum or dad, or a brother or sister. We want to be able to support your success at college and to take steps as appropriate to help in any way we can.

We rely on you telling us about your situation. We do receive information from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) about some students with Young Carer status but this is received some time after you have commenced your studies.

Identifying yourself to the College as a Young Carer or Unpaid Carer:

  • Tick the Carers box on your course application form, or
  • Tell one of our Student Advisors, or
  • Email us: info@wcs.ac.uk, or
  • Tick the Carers box on your course enrolment form

What do you mean by the terms Young Carer or Unpaid Carer?

An unpaid carer is someone who provides care and support to a family member, friend or neighbour. The person or people they care for may be affected by disability, physical or mental ill-health, frailty or substance misuse and cannot cope without their support. A carer does not need to be living with the person they care for.

Anybody can become a carer at any time in their life and sometimes for more than one person at a time. An unpaid carer can be any age from young children to very elderly people. A Young Carer is an unpaid carer up to the age of 18 and may be eligible to access the Young Carers Grant.

How can the college help?

  • We will offer you access to a named person on campus whenever you need advice or support, and even to be the person who helps other staff to understand your own circumstances and the impact that this can have on you and your studies
  • Where possible, we will fast track your funding application and offer to assist in helping you access any additional funding support
  • We will work with you to consider what adjustments may be necessary to remove barriers and establish and maintain a  personal learning plan
  • For Young Cares, we’ll make sure you know about the Young Carers Grant 
  • We will offer to help you engage with our student support services and with local and national carers services
  • We will offer you the opportunity to participate in respite and support actives through our Students’ Association
  • We will do whatever we can to minimise the impact on your chances of success, including a commitment to the continuous review of our policies and processes to remove barriers wherever we can

How can I find out more?

Email: info@wcs.ac.uk
Telephone: 0300 600 60 60 (ask for Student Advisory Services)
Drop in: Due to social distancing, please call or email first

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