June 10th, 2013
Surrey carers aged 16-24 years can access free information on rights, learning options and employment issues in a new online resource, Be Informed! from Action for Carers Surrey available at www.actionforcarers.org.uk
Launched at the start of Carers Week, 10 – 16 June 2013, the interactive and downloadable online booklet, Be Informed!, is designed to empower 16-24 year olds to find more detailed information about opportunities and support available in Surrey.
It covers how to ask for help from Surrey County Council; further and higher education; juggling caring with work; money matters; housing and includes information that isn’t readily available elsewhere, such as counselling services for this age group that can be contacted without a professional referral.
“Carers in this age group are making critical decisions about their futures, often not knowing that they have a right to a life outside of caring and where to seek advice. Funding for learning opportunities at every level is heavily geared to preventing unemployment, but these opportunities are rarely known,” said the booklet’s author, Lisa Walmsley, 16 - 24 development officer for Action for Carers Surrey’s Learning and Work service.
Carer and charity worker James Dadge, 23, of Ashford, who cares for his brother and sister who both have Asperger’s syndrome, commented:
“This is an easy way for carers of my age group to tap into the local information they need and I’ve found it really useful for finding out in advance about things I might need to know about connected with work.”
Limited printed copies of Be Informed! are available to Surrey organisations who support carers. Call 01483 565874 to request sample copies.