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Information for Young Adult Carers

We understand that choosing to come to university can be a big decision for any prospective student, and for those who have caring responsibilities at home, this can make the decision even harder.

Here at Liverpool Hope University we want to provide a supportive environment where our students can thrive and develop themselves both academically and socially. As part of our support network, we have a dedicated member of staff who understands that from time to time students may require some additional support at university due to the additional pressures placed upon them in their caring role.


What is a Young Adult Carer?

A young adult carer is a young person aged between 14–25 who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction, who ordinarily would not be able to cope without their support.

What Support can I get from the University?

In addition to the support available from Student Development & Well-being, to ensure you have the best possible student experience, we can also offer you:

  • a supportive link between you and your Course Tutors/faculty staff
  • advice on the various services and support available to you whilst at university
  • advice regarding any financial help and guidance available to you during your studies
  • someone to talk to when you need it.


Accessing Support

If you are a current student and would like to discuss your situation further, or if you’re thinking about coming to study here at Liverpool Hope, please contact Student Development and Well-being on:

T: 0151 291 3427


We will be happy to assist you further and answer any questions you may have.


Useful Resources for Young Adult Carers

Which - Which? Elderly Care is a source of free and independent information and advice on care choices for older people across the UK. It's a not-for-profit branch of Which? and will always be completely free to use.

Barnardo’s Young Adult Carers Service offers support to young carers living in Liverpool and Wirral.

Carers Trust is a charity who works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of a caring role. This website can be used to find services within your local area which offer support and guidance to carers based in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Matter provides an on-line community for young adult carers aged between 16-25 to share their experiences, connect with other young adult carers and access a range of useful information and advice.

Carers Space offers a supportive online forum which adult carers over the age of 25 can access.