Over the past year, Study Higher has developed a programme specifically for Young Carers aiming to develop their study skills, confidence, and knowledge around educational options.
As well as delivering in-school workshops, Study Higher ran a 3 day residential which saw thirty Young Carers from across the Study Higher region come together to take part in exciting activities and enjoy interesting information talks.
Wednesday 29th June
The students arrived at Oxford Brookes University and were welcomed into the John Henry Brookes main lecture theatre by a representative from the University of Reading. They were told all about the benefits of Higher Education and the variety of routes into HE. This information was new to many of the students and allowed them to think about what educational routes they might want to take after Year 11.
After getting everyone settled at the University of Oxford's halls of residence in Balliol College, the group headed out to The Story Museum. The Story Museum celebrates story in all forms and the students had time on their own to explore the museum and partake in a variety of different interactive exhibitions.
The students even had the opportunity to re-write some of their favourite stories, after visiting Narnia of course!
After some fantastic food in Balliol College dining room, the students were joined by Jay from "Fix Up". Jay delivered a fantastic 2 hour session designed to motivate and inspire the students to rise above their challenges and come out on-top in their exams.
During their visit, the students all had their own private bedrooms in the famous Balliol College, right in the centre of Oxford. For some this was the first time staying away from parents and family. Joining the students on their stay were current Oxford Brookes student ambassadors, who made sure the students were safe, having fun and getting to know other young carers.
Thursday 30th June
The day started with a coach trip to Bucks New University, High Wycombe. The group was welcomed on site by the university’s student ambassadors who took the group to their student union space for a welcome and an introduction to the day. The students were split into two groups and either taken to partake in a Psychology or a Art and Design interactive workshop.
After lunch, a Bucks Student Union representative co-ordinated a large game of volleyball. This was a fantastic way for the students to release some energy before the coach journey back to Balliol College.
Just before it was time to leave, there was time for one last game, staff against students. The students took great pleasure in winning of course!
For the evening activity, the group walked through Oxford City to join the Wise Up team at Merton College's Pavilion Grounds. Wise Up are a team building company who run fun and challenging activity sessions to help equip students with the skills to think critically to get beneath the surface of a problem. They also help to build confidence and self-belief, with the aim to improve students' academic achievement and behaviour. In true British style it rained but the students were so involved in the team building activities that they did not want to stop!
Finishing the day on a high, the students went back to Balliol College to have one last evening together playing games, listening to music and chatting in the common room.
Friday 1st July
After breakfast, the students took their final trip up to Oxford Brookes University. The students had to choose a workshop session to attend, Law, Human Biology or Forensic Science. Each of these subject sessions were run by current Oxford Brookes Student ambassadors who were studying that subject. They were given a task to create a presentation to deliver during the closing ceremony later that day.
After lunch, the group was joined by their family and teachers in the John Henry Brookes lecture theatre for some brilliant presentations from the students. The students showed such courage by all getting on stage to energetically explain their subject session.
The day was finished by having afternoon tea together for a final time. The three days had come to an end. Many of the students attended this event not knowing anyone, but left with many new friends. The students left knowing that they were not the only people who had caring responsibilities and had the confidence to think more about their future in higher education.