An innovative community-led project that will boost the employability of hundreds of young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young carers in the borough of Southwark is announced today. The project titled “Young Carers Matter” is funded under the Communities Fund of the Department of Communities and Local Government and will be delivered by the IARS International Institute, a Southwark-based charity in partnership with Southwark Council.

Dr. Theo Gavrielides, Founder and Director of the IARS International Institute said: “Young Carers is undoubtedly one of the most marginalised groups in our prosperous society. Our youth-led project will provide young carers living in Southwark with accredited training that builds on their strengths and skills, while empowering them to achieve independent and fulfilling lives. Building on strategic alliances of a local network and by allowing our young people to lead, I am confident that “Young Carers Matter” will pave the way national and internationally”.

Guided by an Independent Youth Advisory Board consisting of 10 young carers, and through the development of a dynamic local stakeholders’ network, “Young Carers Matter” will bring together local service providers, employment services, employers, key stakeholders from Southwark Council and young carers to develop effective strategies and policies and improve educational and employability outcomes for young carers.

Currently, over 2,500 young people who provide care to friends and family live in Southwark and many more that are likely to be invisible to service providers. Due to their caring responsibilities, young carers may compromise their educational and employment opportunities. 

Service providers involved in the “Young Carers Matter” Network will also be benefited by the project as they will be offered accredited training with a view to increase their awareness of the needs of young carers and the barriers the face when accessing employment.

“Young Carers Matter” builds on the findings of the 2-year Pan-European youth-led project Care2Work that explored the needs, challenges and opportunities of young BAME carers in their transition to responsible adulthood and their fair access to employment, education and training. The final findings will be presented at the 5th Annual IARS International Conference: Youth-led solutions to unemployment the voices of young, marginalised carers that will take place on the 27th April in London, UK.

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For more information: Contact Andriana Ntziadima – IARS Communications and Youth Projects Manager, a.ntziadima@iars.org.uk, 0044(0)2070644380 Direct Mobile: 07931596900

Notes to Editors

·         The project, delivered in partnership with Southwark Council and funded under the Communities Fund of the Department of Communities and Local Government. More information about the project can be found here 

·         The “Young Carers Matter” Network is open to youth and employment service providers, employers, researchers across the Borough of Southwark and beyond. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at contact@iars.org.uk

·         More information about the 5th Annual IARS International Conference: Youth-led solutions to unemployment the voices of young, marginalised carers that will take place on the 27th April in London can be found here http://www.iars.org.uk/content/5thconference_youngcarers

·         Download the full report “Young Black and Minority Ethnic Carers”: Barriers and Opportunities for Employment and Education here

·         To find out more about the Care2Work Programme please visit www.care2work.org

·         Accredited training for professionals can be found  here.

·         Free online training for young carers can be found  here

 

About The IARS International Institute

The IARS International Institute is user-led and user-focused charity with a mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. Over the last 10 years, the Institute has been providing world-class and cutting-edge educational, research, policy and networking services of local, national and international significance. We are focused on empowering the most marginalised communities through direct service delivery, while enabling organizations to achieve, measure and improve their social impact. IARS is an international expert in criminal justice, restorative justice, human rights and inclusion citizenship, public service and user-led research. To find out more about the IARS International Institute please follow the link www.iars.org.uk

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