carers rights

5 petitions

Update posted 12 months ago

Petition to Northumbria Univeristy

A request to acknowledge additional support requirements for student carers

Who We Are: We are the student carer equality representatives within Northumbria University, representing the views and needs of student carers on campus. Both of us identify as carers, in so, we aim to improve student carers experiences at Northumbria. The National Union of Students (2013) ran a study on the barriers towards education unpaid carers face. The NUS defined a carer as: a student who provides unpaid support to a family or friend who could not manage without them. This support can include physical, emotional or financial tasks and do not have to be conducted within the home environment. We have been in this equality role for over two years now trying to change the experiences of student carers at Northumbria. Despite this, not much tangible work has been achieved due to red tape (bureaucracy) and the University taking too long to act on our requests. This is why this petition exists. We need you to sign so we can get the needs of student carers supported now. What We Propose: We propose the creation of a CSSR (Carer Student Support Report). This would function in the same way as the currently implemented DSSR (Disabled Student Support Report) which enables disabled students to access additional support and receive allowances in relation to assessments in accordance to their disability. These allowances may include late submissions or extra time in exams amongst others. Each CSSR would be overseen by student support and wellbeing who would make an assessment of the impact of the caring role on the student and provide appropriate support. Currently, DSSR’s are shared between tutors and university faculties so that every academic a student interacts with should be knowledgeable of the extra support needed. Justifications of Proposal: NUS (2013) reports that between 3-6% of the student population identify as carers. This is comparable to the 7% of undergraduate students that identify as disabled and receive disabled students allowance. Within Northumbria, this comparable amount of students can receive support through a DSSR whereas carers cannot. A carers experience in University can also be likened to a disabled student's experience. Both populations experience a very individualised circumstance within their lives which can affect their access to education. For instance, carers have been shown to experience chronic stress on a higher level than the typical student population which has been demonstrated to result in deficits in memory and processing of new information. Thus, carers may need more time to learn and demonstrate knowledge in a module than the typical population. Please sign and share now so that there is support available for student carers. Point of contact: If you have any questions please send them to: Rachel  

Laurie and Rachel DD and Whitehouse
104 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Graham Hodkinson (Director of Adult Social Services), Wirral borough council, Phil Davies, Christine Jones

Prevent Wirral Council from closing Disabled Adult Respite Centre - Wirral support reqd

My local Wirral Borough Council has included a saving of £155k in this year's proposed budget by closing its only Respite Centre for Adults with Learning and other severe disabilities.  The loss of this vital service will devastate over 130 carers who, like my wife and I, care for our disabled loved ones 24/7.   When our David who has Downs Syndrome uses Girtrell Court, he joins a well known community of caring staff and other service users who have become his friends. We know that he is in very safe and capable hands and we can enjoy a few nights of a near normal life which has been denied to us for the last 32 years - is this really too much for us to ask for ? Our council promises a vague replacement service in local private sector nursing homes. Carer research of these has proven them to be unsuitable and those carers who have used them have found them to be unreliable. Our demand is simply - retain the excellent Girtrell Court and its professional, caring staff until the council has researched carer and cared for needs, analysed, researched, costed and fully consulted on the suitability of any replacement offering - SOLUTION BEFORE DISSOLUTION. As full time carers, all families involved save the state and the council literally millions of pounds by looking after our loved ones. Wirral Residents and Voters - Please support us in this fight for social justice so that we can convince Wirral Borough Council to rethink. We do not need the additional stress of this ill considered austerity measure.

Bernard Halley
7,176 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to UCAS CEO Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Press Office

UCAS: Help carers attend university

Deciding on which university to go to is always stressful, but if you look after someone it can be even harder. Carers are a large, but often unnoticed part of our society, and young adult carers perhaps even more so. UCAS and universities have an obligation to help people, no matter what their background, attend university if they so choose; but if you look after someone there are more barriers to attending university than you might realise. Caring, or being a carer, means looking after a friend or relative in an unpaid capacity. The type of care you give can vary, from physical, practical or simply emotional support; it's not necessarily long-term or constant, nor do people often realise they are a carer. The person you care for is not necessarily someone who is physically ill, they may have a mental illness, some form of disability or be struggling with substance abuse. I began caring for my mother, who suffers from cancer, when I was 14 years old. I'd always known I wanted to go to university, and when I was 16 I started researching which universities I wanted to go to; I was shocked and disheartened to find that although UCAS offers support for people who have been in care, and the Student Loans Company offers extra financial support for those who have financial dependants, there is no support mentioned for those who are carers and UCAS makes no effort to identify this group who need their support. When I arrived at university, aged 19, I assumed there would be some support network in place to help people like me, who had moved a long way from home but could be called back at short notice if my mother's condition worsened - but there was nothing. I now know I am not alone - in fact, 50% of young adult carers in Britain feel unable to attend university because of the lack of support, and 88% of those who do make it to university feel they are not doing as well as they could due to the toll caring takes on them (regardless of whether they are caring full time or just in the holidays). There is now a group of carers at my university who feel that UCAS can do something to help these disadvantaged people realise their dreams of getting a degree, by simply adding one box on their application form asking applicants if they are, or ever have looked after someone coping with a mental or physical illness, disability or addiction.

Carol Hayward
214 supporters