Young Adult Carers offered up to £300 to support Education and Employment opportunities

Young Carers receive well-deserved grant

Last week, 2 Young Adult Carers at Grantham College were offered up to £300 to support their access to education and future employment through Explore More Grants.

Carers FIRST and Explore More offered Young Adult Carers (aged 16-25) the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £300 to help them to access education, employment or training opportunities. Research shows that having a Caring role can impact on a Young Adults education, employment and training opportunities, and financial pressures can lead to more Young Adult Carers being Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) than their peers. Funding such as this is designed to remove financial barriers by supporting the cost of tuition, transport, equipment, laptops & software, uniform and trips. 

The £1500 available is being used to support 6 Young Adult Carers within Lincolnshire, 2 of which are studying at Grantham College. The applications included the cost of a trip for a college course, fees for a British Sign Language Couse, a laptop with case and memory stick, work attire and suits, stationary and a years’ worth of equipment for a Beauty course. Alongside this, the recipients were also invited to access the wide range of support available for Young Adult and Adult Carers in Lincolnshire through Carers FIRST.  

Carers FIRST offer support within college environments for students as well as local group carer support, benefits advice aimed at the caring household, individual emotional support and for some, access to additional benefits or personal budgets to aid their caring role. They also have online forums and offer courses such as Caring Confidently and Manual Handling to empower informal carers within their Caring role. Carers are also granted access bespoke CV writing support to help them highlight the transferable skills gained from their caring role through the Carers FIRST Employment Project.

If you are interested in finding out more about Young Adult Carers, potential funding opportunities, or the support available through Carers FIRST, please email Chloe Rollings at crollings@grantham.ac.uk.