Support for young carers applying to university

A resource offering advice to young adult carers on how to successfully apply to university has been launched.

It contains advice from UCAS, the National Union of Students, and Widening Participation, as well as guidance from other young adult carers.

It has been unveiled by the charity Carers Trust to coincide with UCAS’s Personal Statement Week, an online and social media campaign which ran last week.

Carers Trust says that many young adult carers do not feel confident talking about their caring role when they apply to university, despite the skills that they will have developed because of their responsibilities.

The charity also emphasises that it is important for universities to understand the responsibilities that young adult carers face, such as worrying about what will happen to the person they care for if they aren’t there to help, how quickly they can get home if needed urgently, the pressure placed on younger siblings by their absence, and if they will be able to blend in with their peers.

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