We are teaming up with the University to raise awareness of caring within our student community during the national Carer's Week, running 8-14 June 2020!
Carer's Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
You can find out more about the national campaign here: carersweek.org
We will be hosting a drop-in event on Tuesday 9 June 11:00-12:30 on Teams. This event will be hosted by Claire Botham, our Widening Participation Coordinator, Natalie Bracher, the University's Access and Success Coordinator, and staff from Careers Zone and Welfare! If you have any questions about being a carer whilst at University, the support available to you or anything else related to being a carer. Click the button below to join.
Join our Carer's Drop-in Event
We're here to help
Both the University and the Guild have support and advice
Not sure if you're a carer?
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care to a partner, child or relative with a physical or mental illness, disability or addiction. This can sometimes mean providing help and support to siblings, other family members or friends.
If you think you might be a carer and unsure what support there is avaliable to you, click here to find out more about how we can support you or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Juggling my caring responsibilities for my mum, who has a serious health condition, with my studies at university has been no easy task. It is a very time-consuming role, and organising my time effectively has always been difficult. However, the biggest challenge has been the financial pressures that come with living in Exeter whilst having to travel home three to four times a week to look after my mum.
With no spare hours to get part-time work to cover these extra travel costs, I became very anxious to how I was going to be able to find the money to continue studying at Exeter.
It is the financial support that I received through the Exeter bursary that has taken this extra financial pressure off. Not only does it cover the travel costs, but it in-turn takes off that added weight of anxiety. This means that I am able to carry on with my caring responsibilities without it having an adverse effect on my degree."