Helping young adult carers

The period between 16 and 25 years of age is a crucial life-stage, where important choices about education and future careers are being made.

For young adult carers, responsible for caring for a parent, friend or relative (other than their own children) with significant physical or mental health conditions, these choices weigh heavily. Twenty-nine per cent of young carers will drop out of higher education as a direct result of their caring responsibilities.

What's the impact?

As well as often feeling guilt when focusing on their own educational and personal development, young carers also face additional financial concerns to those without caring responsibilities. They may face travel, healthcare or wellbeing costs for those they care for, or may not have the opportunity to afford much-needed respite or relaxation.

Why Birmingham?

The University currently offers the Sarah Hawkins Award to assist students with their additional financial responsibilities. Birmingham is committed to offering a world class education to all, no matter their circumstances, and your support can help ensure the 376,000 young adult carers in the UK make the choice of a higher education.

How you can help

By supporting a young adult carer, you will help to reduce the impact that the financial strain of caring responsibilities has on a young person's ability to access a university education. For further information about this project and how you can help, email