Future U, a leading careers advice programme, is expanding to offer more support to help its young carers across Preston to study at college or university.
The programme works with schools and colleges across Lancashire to encourage more young people to consider higher education.
They are running a series of mentoring sessions with young carers to help them when it comes to applying for higher and further education.
The sessions are delivered in partnership with Barnardo’s. They help young carers to explore ways to overcome their barriers to education, and provide information on the support available to them in applying for university.
Rachel Ibram, from the Lancashire Young Carers Service at Barnardo’s, said: “Many of the young carers we support juggle their caring role alongside their education, amongst many other responsibilities, and feel that there is a lot to consider when deciding on their future.
“This mentoring programme has allowed them to explore their options and develop new skills in a safe space. The programme has provided our young carers with the opportunity to ask questions of people who have the right information to support them, meet other young carers facing similar challenges and to make the first step in considering their future in further education.”
It is estimated that there are around 800,000 young carers in England, equivalent to six young carers in every secondary school in the country.
The project supports families and young people from areas which are currently underrepresented in higher education, including Preston, Chorley and Leyland, and works with adult learners, children in care, young carers and students from military families.
Since the start of the project in 2017, Future U has delivered over 1,100 careers activities across 70 schools and colleges in the area, in addition to creating a range of educational and careers resources