At CBC, we recognise the importance of supporting learners from all walks of life. Young carers are often those under the age of 18, who look after another person; this is often a family member. Young carers take on extra responsibilities which can impact various aspects of their lives. Some of the responsibilities that young carers may have include:
- Picking up and administering medication
- Helping parents get dressed/fed
- Doing the food shop
- Collecting siblings from school
- Paying bills
At times, having such extra responsibilities means that young carers can miss out on education and other regular activities that people their age do. CBC want to support young carers by working with them to achieve goals, offering creativity around how support is given.
At CBC we want to ensure finance isn’t a barrier to your studies. The College has access to government funding that could help you with some of the costs of studying. This support could be in the form of travel costs, course equipment, uniform and childcare funding if you need it.
Please click here for more information.
If you are a young carer living in Bedfordshire, you may be able to apply for a carers grant to pay for a break, activity, service or training, that could help to improve your health or wellbeing.
For more information and to apply, please click here.
You can also apply for a Carers Card which can offer you discounts at some shops and leisure/sports venues; please click here.
Central Bedfordshire College takes the responsibility of improving outcomes for students with caring responsibilities very seriously. We therefore have a dedicated Carers Lead who is responsible for the following;
- Act as the main contact for young carers and their families in the college to identify support
- Advise and support college staff about how to identify and support young carers
- Be the contact point for external agencies
For any enquiries about Young Carers, please contact:
Carers Lead – Christopher Allan (Head of Student Services)
Phone: 01582 349628
If your need further advice and guidance then please contact the Welfare Team:
Phone: 01582 349 641/643