Student Parents, Guardians and Carers Officer

Holly Waddell

Student Parents, Guardians and Carers Officer

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Hi I am Holly Waddell and I will convene and chair the Students Parents, Guardians and Carers Forum at least once per term and work with the Welfare & Equality Officer, the University and external organisations on issues that affect student parents, guardians and carers.

Carers Rights Day Campaign

24th November is Carers Rights Day. This is a national campaign ran by Carers UK, which focuses on carers rights in the workplace. At NUSU we are running a campaign to highlight carers rights generally, on campus and in the workplace to help you beyond university. To celebrate we have bought some copies of Carers and their Rights (England) which will be available to reference in the Student Advice Centre. For more information on carers rights, also see the flyer (Right).
 
The campaign focuses on getting carers to understand their rights so that they get the right support in employment and beyond. For example, raising awareness of the idea that carers are protected from discrimination from association with people with disabilities thanks to the 2010 Equality Act. This means that you cannot be discriminated against because of your caring role, and that adjustments can be made and should be made for you in the workplace. Furthermore, that the Care Act 2014 entitles carers to support including a carers assessment. A Carers Assessment is an opportunity to discuss with the local council what support you need and what services you require access to. The assessment will look at how caring affects your life, including for example, your physical mental and emotional needs.
 
There is also and evening event at 6pm in the history room where we have local independent film maker, Jamie Seed coming to talk to us about his experiences as a student Carer, and show his new short film "The Unconditional Responsibility" which tells the story of a student carer. This will be followed by a Q&A panel with some student Carers.
 
For more information on the Carers UK's national campaign please see here.
 
Some useful resources:
 
 

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