Funds are now available at the Cambridge-based National Extension College to enable young adult carers to access distance learning courses.
The money is available to help people aged between 16 and 12 improve their general study skills, fill a gap in their GCSE or A-level portfolio, study something they haven't previously had time for, take a course which might help them obtain a job or try something completely different.
All course fees would be covered and in some cases recommended coursebooks and additional materials as well, and help with exam fees may also be available.
The National Extension College is a major provider of distance learning courses offering a wide range of Basic Skills, GCSEs/IGCSEs, A Levels, Childcare, Counselling, Creative Writing, etc.
All courses can be followed at home, with support from a subject tutor – so they are ideal for people who, like many carers, cannot easily access mainstream education.
Priscilla Barlow, who runs the college's Carers Education Programme, said today:
“We have for many years run programmes to support people with disabilities and carers and would very much like to work with you to identify Young Adult Carers who might benefit from this opportunity.”
The funding could also provide a Creative Writing workshop at a local venue with an experienced tutor on hand to give advice and guidance. Short writing modules are also available, and again all fees would be covered. In the case of the workshops we could help with travel costs too.
Details are available at http://www.nec.ac.uk/courses/