Student carers

We are developing a support package on supporting student carers.

Some students may not regard themselves as being an ‘official carer’. We recognise carers as those “who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction” (definition from Carers Trust).

A caring role can vary significantly but will include the following:

  • practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping
  • physical care, such as helping someone out of bed
  • personal care, such as helping someone dress
  • helping someone to give their medication
  • managing the family budget
  • collecting prescriptions and managing medication
  • helping someone communicate
  • looking after brothers and sisters
  • providing emotional support.

Dedicated contact

We offer support on most aspects of balancing a caring role with studying, via a dedicated member of staff who can act as a mentor to support you. Their role can also include being the first point of contact for a Support Worker, if you have one. The mentor provides advice and guidance to you before you start your course and is there throughout your journey at Cardiff University. The mentor can assist you on a range of issues such as:

  • funding, eg help you apply for the correct funding
  • managing financially while you study
  • academic-related issues, such as discussing options if you need to be absent
  • referral to other services such as dyslexia or disability support.

Looking after your own health is an important part of being a carer and we have services dedicated to helping our students stay healthy. This includes the opportunity if you need to talk to someone in confidence about how you are coping or feeling.

Gareth Davies

Financial support

We run a grant scheme to assist students who experience a shortfall between their income and their essential outgoings. The scheme can take into account factors that may affect you as a student carer, such as extra travel costs and not being able to work because of managing your caring role and full-time study. If you would like to find out more, please contact Gareth Davies.

Tailored work experience opportunities

We are a partner of the Go Wales: Achieve through Work Experience programme that is part-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Government.

The programme is for young students on higher education courses in Wales who are facing barriers in securing work experience. If you are under 25, on a full-time course at Cardiff University and have caring responsibilities, you could be eligible for the scheme.

The Go Wales Team at Cardiff University can help source work shadowing opportunities, work tasters and up to six weeks paid work placements. For further details, please contact gowales@cardiff.ac.uk.

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