Support For Student Carers

 

Money@CampusLife and Welfare@CampusLife are teaming up to provide a new support package aimed at student carers.

Our definition of a carer is:

“A student who cares, unpaid, for a family member or a friend who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.”

It doesn’t matter what your age or gender is, or what course you are studying, if you are a student carer, there is help at hand.

Why are we doing this? Well studying whilst having caring responsibilities can be extremely difficult. Commitments may clash and finding enough time in the day to do everything required may also be challenging. We therefore want to provide appropriate support to this group of students, helping to ensure that they have an opportunity to achieve their maximum potential.

So what’s going to be available I hear you ask? Well, we will be offering a bursary of £500, provision of a named contact, and information and support to link up with local specialised services. There will also be personalised access to other support services on campus. Students may not need everything on offer, but each will have the opportunity to discuss their requirements when meeting their named contact to ensure the support is tailored to their needs and circumstances.

Sign me up – what do i need to do? Well if you meet all of the eligibility criteria, you will need to provide us with evidence of your carer status. This could be a letter from a medical professional or your school/college, or perhaps evidence or a previous claim for Carer’s Allowance. That’s it! We’ll talk you through the simple process of applying for the bursary and how to access further support.

If you’d like to know more – please do get in touch with Money@CampusLife or Welfare@CampusLife and speak to one of our advisors.

So if you are, or will be, a student carer studying at Swansea University, get in touch to ensure you get the information and support available to you.

More information can be found here.

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