Are you a carer studying or working at Leeds Beckett University?
19 November 2019
In the UK there are 6.5 million unpaid carers. A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a parent, partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help.
This could be due to age, physical or mental health issues, substance misuse or disability. Carers help with personal things like getting someone dressed, turning them in their sleep, helping them to the loo, helping them move about or administering their medication.
Carers also help with things like shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, filling in forms or managing money.
Previously, Leeds Beckett University had a Carers Network that was supported by Carers Leeds. We now want to reignite the Network to ensure we are fully supporting all our student and colleague carers. We want to provide a safe, confidential and supportive environment in which to discuss issues relating to carers needs and situations.
To offer experience and guidance in relation to our partnership with Carers Leeds, or just simply be a space away for some “you time”.
We want to hear from you
Would you like to come and join us?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your thoughts and needs.
Your responses will be treated in the strictest of confidence and will help us to shape our Network. You can also find details of the support we offer here.
Did you know?
Carers Leeds vision is “to enhance the quality of life for working carers in Leeds through the provision of advice and information for them and those that employ them”. This is a vision Leeds Beckett want to align our own Carers Network too. Together we are stronger.
One in ten people in the UK is a carer and this is rising. Three in five people will be carers at some point in their lives in the UK. Based on Census figures there are estimated to be at least 376,000 young adult carers in the UK aged 16–25.
Young adult carers appear to be four times more likely to have to drop out of their college or university course than other students. 45% of young adult carers reported that they have mental health problems. Nearly one in eight workers is a carer and one in five carers gives up employment to care.