Young Carers Matter

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  • About the Project

    ‘Young Carers Matter’ is an innovative community-led project that will boost the employability of hundreds of young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young carers in the borough of Southwark. It is funded under the Communities Fund of the Department of Communities and Local Government and will be delivered by the IARS International Institute, a Southwark-based charity in partnership with Southwark Council. The project aims at providing tailored services to the marginalised young carers from BAME background to break the barriers to employment and career development. To achieve this objective, the project will adopt IARS’s youth- led methodology that empowers youth to manage, deliver and monitor its outcomes. Over a period of 12 months, the project aims to:

    • create a network of Southwark Council, local service providers (private, voluntary and public sectors) and employers.
    • provide accredited training to 100 local BAME young carers
    • provide youth-led, CPD accredited training to 200 local stakeholders
    • spreading information to at least 5,000 relevant stakeholders nationally.

    The project will be guided by an Independent Youth Advisory Board consisting of 10 young carers.

  • Project Background

    "Young Carers Matter" will be build upon the findings of a 2-year Erasmus+ funded project titled Care 2 Work (C2W) . Over the last 2 years, the Institute implemented Care2Work aiming to tackle the barriers faced by young carers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) when accessing employment, education and training. The project is supported by Erasmus+ (Key Action 2), and was delivered in partnership with three European Partners namely  Anziani e Non Solo (Italy), Linnaeus University  (Sweden)  and the Family and Children Care Centre (Greece). The IARS International Institute acted as the programme coordinator. Project's results include a comparative e-publication titled "Tearing Down Barriers to Employment & Education for Young, Black and Minority Carers,” as well as face to face and online courses  that aiming to increase professionals' awareness of the needs and skills of young carers and empowerment and skills development  training for young people. More info about this project can be found 

  • Project Updates

    We are currently looking for BAME Young Carers to join our dedicated Youth Advisory Board to help steer this project going forward. To apply, please send a CV and brief covering letter to Emily at

  • Young Carers Matter Network
    We are currently developing  a dynamic local stakeholders’ network that will bring together local service providers, employment services, employers, key stakeholders from Southwark Council and young carers to develop effective strategies and policies and improve educational and employability outcomes for young carers. If you are interested in joining the network please contact us at 

Funded by Communities Fund of the Department of Communities and Local Government