Care 2 Work (C2W) is a multi-year international programme that aims to tackle the barriers faced by young carers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) when accessing employment, education and training. The project is supported by Erasmus+ (Key Action 2), and is delivered in partnership with three European Partners namely Anziani e Non Solo (Italy), Linnaeus University (Sweden) and the Family and Children Care Centre (Greece). The IARS International Institute is the coordinator for the programme under the leadership of its Founder and Director Dr. Theo Gavrielides.
The programme aims to generate and pilot new knowledge on the needs of BAME young carers with an ultimate goal of achieving institutional and cultural change in the UK and Europe. We hope that this change will help break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage for one of the most marginalised communities of our society. To achieve its objectives, this innovative youth-led project will develop an evidence based on the needs of BAME young carers and use it to develop and pilot accredited, youth-led training (face to face and online). The training will target young BAME carers as well as service providers and professionals.
Only in the UK, it is estimated that that there 1.5 million carers below the age of 35. Their contribution to society and the economy is significant, but not always recognised. As young as 12, they are expected to provide intense care for relatives who may have significant mental or physical disability. Young people from BAME communities are twice as likely to be a young carer (Children’s Society Report, 2013). Heavy caring responsibilities can compromise equal opportunities in transition to adulthood. In particular, caring has a “differential impact” on young carers. Young carers experience serious educational disadvantage caused by factors such as poor attainment, restricted peer networks and bullying. For these reasons they face long term consequences including lack of qualifications that further prohibit their access to employment (Deadren & Becker, 2000). Therefore young carers are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty. However, if managed well, responsibilities that associated with caring can enable a young person to develop personally and to gain life skills that can also facilitate the transition to adulthood and lead to positive outcomes for young people. Recongising, valuing and respecting these skills, the programme will aim to bridge the cultural and institutional gap and offer a smooth transition form caring to adulthood.
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