Young Adult carers
Who is a Young Adult Carer?
At Morley we define a young adult carer (YAC) as anyone who is aged 16-25 years that helps care for a family member, partner, or friend who is disabled, physically or mentally ill, has a long-term serious illness or has a substance misuse problem.
What does Morley offer?
At Morley we recognise the commitment you are making by studying with us and also recognise that this may be a tough journey for you at times, as you balance your study and caring responsibilities.
Dedicated point of contact
Our Young Adult Carers Lead is Hannah Jones. Hannah will work with you to ensure that the academic team Our Young Adult Carers Lead is Hannah Jones. Hannah can work with you to ensure that the academic team are able to support you in relation to succeeding on your course, taking your individual home circumstances into account e.g. reasonable adjustments around submission dates and signposting you to other relevant support whether that is inside or outside of the College.
You can contact Hannah via Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org or 07938 600726
Pre-enrolment Discovery Day
The pre-enrolment Discovery Day gives you the opportunity to meet with other students who carryout similar day to day caring tasks. You will get to take part in a mindfulness workshop, meet the Student Services Team who can support you with applying for a bursary and/or additional learning support and go on a trip to a local garden (usually the Chelsea Physic Garden) to focus on how nature can support the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Meet the Young Carers Lead during induction week
You will get offered a one-to-one support session during induction week with Hannah who can provide you with answers to any questions you may have, and check-in with you to see how you are doing. She will then check in with you every term.
One to one support with our Wellbeing Team
YoYou can have regular check-ins with our Wellbeing Team who can provide support in relation to your mental health and wellbeing, and help you access external support if necessary.
Once you have enrolled you will be assigned a Personal Tutor. Their main role is to advise you on academic matters, but you can also discuss non-academic matters with them. If they aren’t able to help you, they will liaise with colleagues to get you the support you need.
Young Carers Focus Group
You can meet with other students who carryout similar day-to-day caring tasks to have a place to come and express how you’re feeling, grow relationships with other students, share your story and raise awareness of young carers throughout the college. You can have group and individual conversations with Hannah who will be on-hand to offer advice and guidance. You can also use this group to affect change in the college by letting us know about your experience of studying with us.
Get involved in Young Carers Awareness Week
Working with our Wellbeing Coordinator you will get the opportunity to feed into what it is you would like to see the college do during Young Carers Awareness Week. You can also get involved in running or coordinating an event if this is something that appeals to you.
Further information and support
Carers Trust helps young carers to cope with their caring role through specialised services delivered by Carers Trust Network Partners across the UK. For more information visit https://carers.org/
NHS support includes carer’s assessments, support from local councils, respite care and help for young carers, no matter what. For more information visit the Young Carers page on their website.
Young Minds is charity leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need. For more information visit https://www.youngminds.org.uk/