‘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:
The project will be guided by an Independent Youth Advisory Board consisting of 10 young carers.
"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 www.care2work.org