Supporting Your Young Carers
Loughborough University - 25 January 2018, 4.30pm- 7pm
To celebrate Young Carers Awareness Day we are hosting this event as an opportunity for you to be informed, inspired and equipped with resources to help you further support any Young Carers in your setting.
This event will include a keynote speech from inspirational Jo Aldridge, Professor of Social Policy and Criminology and Director of the Young Carers Research Group. In her presentation Jo will be discussing the work of the Young Carers Research Group (YCRG) at Loughborough University. She will consider the contribution YCRG research has made to health and social care policy and practice in the UK and other countries and how it has helped to transform the lives of young carers and their families.
We will also be showcasing a toolkit and launching a new online platform for sharing resources at the event, which we hope will become a valuable source of reference for you going forward.
This event will also build on the work of the county’s Multi Agency Group, which brings together representatives from education, health and various charitable organisations to share best practice and highlight the ways in which we can support the needs of this cohort. Each school within the county has been invited to nominate a champion for this work and it is through their efforts that we are able to disseminate resources to facilitate this work.
As part of the event, you will get to meet staff from Loughborough University’s School and College Liaison team to find out more about the interventions we can offer to you to help support your work event further, as well as to build on your own network of key contacts over evening canapes.
This event is completely free of charge and is open to anyone involved in the support of young people with caring responsibilities.
Please contact the School and College Liaison team at Loughborough University on 01509 223747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We look forward to welcoming you at the event on the 25 January!
17.00 -17.15 - Welcome
Event welcome speech from Rachel Thompson, Loughborough University Pro Vice Chancellor for Teaching.
Rachel Thomson is a Professor of Materials Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Rachel read Natural Sciences at Newnham College, Cambridge University followed by a PhD in Materials. She then held the position of Research Fellow in both Materials and Darwin College at Cambridge, before moving to a lectureship in the Department of Materials at Loughborough University in 1995, where she was promoted to a Personal Chair in 2002. She became Head of the Department of Materials in 2011, becoming Dean of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering in 2014, and from September 2016 was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching). Rachel is also committed to engineering education, and was the Academic Lead for the new STEMLab building at Loughborough. She has also developed and implemented undergraduate degree programmes in Automotive Materials, Biomaterials and Bioengineering, and has successfully supervised 38 research students to completion.
17.15-18.00 - Keynote Speech – Jo Aldridge
In her presentation Jo will be discussing the work of the Young Carers Research Group (YCRG) at Loughborough University. She will consider the contribution YCRG research has made to health and social care policy and practice in the UK and other countries and how it has helped to transform the lives of young carers and their families.
Jo Aldridge is Professor of Social Policy and Criminology and Director of the Young Carers Research Group. She is also a Fellow of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE: https://www.nice.org.uk). Jo has worked with UNICEF and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on research ethics, child protection and young carers’ issues. She has also contributed evidence on the needs of vulnerable children and their families to government committees (including Parliamentary Select Committees), think tanks and policy makers, and also conducts service evaluations and training for health and social care service providers, including GPs, social workers and mental health professionals. Her latest book, Participatory Research: Working with Vulnerable Groups in Research and Practice, is published by The Policy Press (February, 2015).
18.00-18.15 - Showcase of Young Carers Toolkit and Website resources
We will be joined at the event by Charlotte Robey, Senior Researcher at the Learning and Work Institute who will showcase the Young Carers Toolkit.
Charlotte is currently managing Positive Career Choices for Young Adult Carers, a Department of Health-funded project which aims to enable young adult carers, aged 16-25, to achieve the same level of success in education and employment as their peers. Through this project, L&W has developed the Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit. Developed in partnership with carers services and their young adult carers, the toolkit includes tips and practical resources that carers services can use with young adult carers, either on a one-to-one basis or in groups, to help them think about, get into and keep education, training and employment opportunities. It also includes materials focussed on the professional development of staff and service improvement.
We will also launch the new website resources for Young Carer support workers, which will be hosted on the REACH website www.reach.ac.uk
18.15-19.00 – Buffet & Networking
A small buffet will be provided alongside a chance to network with other attendees and members of our School and College Liaison team.
This will also provide an opportunity for you to further explore the online resources available and receive hard copies of the toolkit and other resources for you to take away and make use of in your setting.