Gareth, Student Support Adviser and the dedicated contact for student carers, tells us more about Carers’ and Family Week and the support available from Cardiff University if you are a student carer.
Never considered yourself to be a carer? Or know someone else who might be a carer but is unaware of it? If you or a friend spend a considerable amount of time looking after a family member or friend with a physical or mental health illness or disability, then you might just be a carer.
This week is Carers’ and Family Week, which aims to raise awareness of student carers and parents at university and to signpost the support available.
Get involved with events this week
Carers and Family Week Cuppa
Tuesday 6 November, 11:00-13:00, Neuadd Meirionnydd (Orange Room), Heath
Whether you classify yourself as a carer or not come along to our café to take a lunchtime break in the sunny Orange Room, just along from the IV Lounge.
I’ll be there to offer any advice to Carers about the support they can get.
Carers and Family Week Information Stall
Tuesday 6 November, 14:00-17:00, Food Court, 2nd Floor, Students’ Union
Whether you classify yourself as a carer or not come along to our information stall, treat yourself to a sweetie and find out more.
Student Staff Network Q&A
Wednesday 7 November, 12:00-14:00, Orange Room (near the IV Lounge)
Do you have any questions about what it’s like to be a carer in the workplace? Come along and find out more from Sue Barker, the Chair of the Carers’ staff network at Cardiff University.
University Carers’ Cafe
Thursday 8 November, 12:00-14:00, VJ Gallery, Main Building
Fancy a cuppa and a welsh cake? Join us at the Carer’s Café afternoon! Professor Amanda Coffey will be talking about her experience as a Carer, and what support services we have available at Cardiff University. It’s a chance for you to meet, mingle, network, ask some questions and relax.
Carers’ Wales Workshop
Friday 9 November, 10:00-13:00, 2nd floor, Students’ Union
A talk to inform staff and students about what a carer is, and get more information about the support there is here at Cardiff.
Beth Evans, from Carers Wales will be coming down to give an informative talk, a quiz, and followed by a Question and Answer session.
Student Family Day
Sunday 11 November, 12:30-15:30, Y Stiwdio 2, 1st floor
Come along for lots of fun games and activities to keep your young ones entertained and to meet other parents and make some new friends. You can also find out about the services we offer at the Union to support you through your studies and will have members of staff on hand to talk to you and answer queries.
Support for Student Carers at Cardiff University
At enrolment for 2018/19, 207 students identified themselves as carers.
We have been working with the Students’ Union, Carers Trust Wales and with other universities in Wales to raise awareness of student carers and to improve support for carers to study and succeed at university.
We want to build on this work to promote a carer friendly community across Cardiff University.
We recognise that carers can contribute a lot to university life and we want to ensure that if you are a carer, you feel supported in pursuing your studies at the same time as managing your caring role.
Support available to you
However you want to approach your time at university we offer a variety of support services to assist you along the way.
Here are some of the things you can access:
Young Adult Carers Bursary
This is a new Bursary set up for students aged under 25 who started at Cardiff University from September 2018.
Extra financial support
If you find that your income doesn’t cover your essential outgoings you can apply to our Financial Assistance Programme. All student carers can apply to this scheme and your caring commitments and how they may affect your finances can be taken into account.
Someone to talk to in confidence
I am the lead contact for student carers at Cardiff University and I was a carer for many years. If you feel like talking to someone about any aspect of managing your studies and time at university alongside your caring role please contact me.
Support for how you are feeling
As carers, we often put our own health second. Our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing service offer the opportunity to talk to professionally recognised support staff about any aspect of how you are feeling, emotionally or physically.
Coursework deadlines, exams and absences
If you are concerned about disruptions to your studies or just want to know more about what to do if this should happen, contact the Advice and Money team in Student Support or Student Advice in the Students’ Union about the Extenuating Circumstances procedure and how to approach your academic school to get recognition that your caring role may impact on your studies from time to time.
Getting valuable work experience
Our GO Wales team works with young adult carers to identify and source flexible work experience opportunities that fit around your commitments. Find out more about this here.
Tell us if you are a student carer
If you have not already disclosed that you are a student carer, please let us know so that we can help you access the Young Adult Carers’ Bursary and other support you may need.
My details are:
Gareth Davies, Student Support Adviser
Telephone: 029 2087 4844
Carers Wales aims to make life better for those who care for another person. Find out more about them.
Join the Student Association for Student Carers and Student Parents
This year, Cardiff Students’ Union is running a Student Association for Student Carers and Student Parents. It will be run by Janet William,s who is a current student in LAW.
If you would like to know more about the association and ways that you may be able to help support it please contact Janet via WilliamsJA12@cardiff.ac.uk
Gareth, Student Support Adviser.
Your Student Life, Supported.
The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including: Advice and Money, Careers and Employability, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing, Disability and Dyslexia and International Student Support.
For further details of services, events, opening times and more find us on the University Intranet.