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Young carers studying at Sussex invited to share experiences in new research project

Young carers who are aged 18 to 21 years old and studying at the University of Sussex are invited to take part in a new research project.

The Young Carers Project is looking into how being a young carer affects decisions to attend university. This study, the first of its kind, is designed to gather new knowledge of the experiences of Brighton and Hove young carers accessing higher education. It particularly wants to identify and understand barriers to university.

The project is being run collaboratively by Dr Feylyn Lewis, Research Fellow in Social Work and Social Care at Sussex, and The Carers Centre for Brighton and Hove. It is funded by the National Collaborative Outreach Programme and the Sussex Learning Network.

If you are currently caring for someone (or used to care for someone) and you are a Sussex student aged 18 to 21, the team would love to hear your thoughts. If you would be happy to answer some questions, they can arrange a one-to-one meeting on campus or somewhere convenient for you. Refreshments will be provided and transport costs can be covered if needed.

To lend your voice to this project, please contact Mary (mary.collins@thecarerscentre.org) or Lizzie (elizabeth.hovard@thecarerscentre.org) by Wednesday 31 July.

The research findings will be shared in a report and through a creative medium, such as video, produced with young carers.

The Carers Centre for Brighton and Hove supports young carers across our city: enabling emotional resilience, providing advocacy so that carers’ voices are heard in the community and running fun respite activities and peer support groups. The Centre has been working with unpaid family carers since 1988 and supports around 200 young carers every year.

The University of Sussex has a valued and active relationship with The Carers Centre. Provost Saul Becker is a patron of the charity and Dr Feylyn Lewis serves as a trustee. Professor Becker is a passionate advocate of young carers initiatives and has been researching and working with young carers for almost three decades.

This new project will add more young carers’ voices from our local community to the existing body of research.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Thursday, 20 June 2019

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