Student resource list
A comprehensive list of all the resources available for students to access via our website
A young carer is someone under the age of 18, who helps, unpaid, look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled, has a mental health condition, misuses drugs or alcohol or is unable to care for themselves or anyone else. (The Childrens Society)
Young adult carers are young people aged 16–25 who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction. (Carers Trust)
The UCAS students with caring responsibilities page is full of information including:
The table illustrates some of the support available at a few institutions. However the information below is not necessarily their complete package. Therefore we recommend that you check with individual institutions to discuss the range of support available for young carers.
|Support Offered||Oxford Brookes University||University of Oxford||Buckinghamshire New University||University of Reading||Abingdon & Witney College||New College Swindon|
The Compass toolkit includes interactive activities, quizzes, lesson plans, information and links designed to help young carers to make informed decisions about their future education and careers. The resources can be accessed by any student from any region.
|Inclusive support plan||✔️||✔️|
|Bespoke tours for prospective young adult carer students.||✔️|
|Young carers bursary||✔️||✔️|
|Study coach referral & regular study meetings||✔️|
|Special Late Cards (permits late arrival during first lesson due to caring role)||✔️|
|Independent study (when absence is communicated in advance)||✔️|
|Extensions on assignments||✔️|
|Continued links with external agencies||✔️|
|Specific programme/pre-study support courses||Reading Scholars (yr12)|
|HEI/FEC support page links||Oxford Brookes University||Abingdon & Witney College|
Table correct as of August 2022
The UCAS website has information about the types of financial support you might be eligible for and suggested questions to ask when you visit a college and/or university. Access the page here: scholarships, grants and bursaries.
The Children’s Society also have information about how to manage your money and bills as a young carer. Access the page here: financial support for young people.
As a young (adult) carer you will already know that blending study and caring isn’t always easy but completing an apprenticeship is definitely NOT impossible and a choice that can have advantages. ‘Action for Carers’ offer lots of tips and advice on their website:
Local councils and carers services are often able to support young carers in a number of different ways. The links for different services in each region can be accessed by clicking the links below:
Windsor and Maidenhead Council,
TuVida: support for carers in Reading & West Berkshire & Wokingham
This is a programme of events for young carers and young adult carers to visit different university campuses across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Swindon. All transport is provided free of charge.
Details about the next event will be made available soon. In the meantime, why not take a look at the photos below from our recent young carers residential which took place in August 2022 at Buckinghamshire New University.
If you have any questions, please contact: email@example.com
"Everyone was really welcoming and very understanding, it created a lovely atmosphere for the trip. The Ambassadors created a very safe environment, I felt like I could talk to them about anything. Overall it was a truly amazing experience, thank you!"
"Thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity, it has really changed my perspective. Thank you so much!"
"I wanted to send a massive thank you to the team for taking such good care of my child and for giving them this amazing opportunity - they were so full of energy and enthusiasm when they returned!"
Parent of a young carer
Watch the recording below to find our about your rights as a young carer, delivered by Young Carers Development Trust.