The project has its own dedicated website “

Care 2 Work (C2W) is a multi-year international programme that aims 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 is 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 is the coordinator for the programme under the leadership of its Founder and Director Dr. Theo Gavrielides. 

The programme aims to generate and pilot new knowledge on the needs of BAME young carers with an ultimate goal of achieving institutional and cultural change in the UK and Europe. We hope that this change will help break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage for one of the most marginalised communities of our society. To achieve its objectives, this innovative youth-led project will develop an evidence based on the needs of BAME young carers and use it to develop and pilot accredited, youth-led training (face to face and online). The training will target young BAME carers as well as service providers and professionals.

Only in the UK, it is estimated that that there 1.5 million carers below the age of 35. Their contribution to society and the economy is significant, but not always recognised. As young as 12, they are expected to provide intense care for relatives who may have significant mental or physical disability. Young people from BAME communities are twice as likely to be a young carer (Children’s Society Report, 2013). Heavy caring responsibilities can compromise equal opportunities in transition to adulthood. In particular, caring has a “differential impact” on young carers.  Young carers experience serious educational disadvantage caused by factors such as poor attainment, restricted peer networks and bullying. For these reasons they face long term consequences including lack of qualifications that further prohibit their access to employment (Deadren & Becker, 2000). Therefore young carers are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty. However, if managed well, responsibilities that associated with caring can enable a young person to develop personally and to gain life skills that can also facilitate the transition to adulthood and lead to positive outcomes for young people. Recongising, valuing and respecting these skills, the programme will aim to bridge the cultural and institutional gap  and offer a smooth transition form caring to adulthood.

For project updates please visit the project’s website:

If you would like to get involved in the programme please contact

Individual empowerment and responsibility is one of our key founding values. This timely and innovative project will utilize our tested and proven user/youth led ethos and methodologies to empower  and provide with opportunities one of the most marginalized communities across Europe. Using various activities that range from volunttereeing opportunities to skills development training, young BAME carers will enhance their employability chances, while their direct engagement will further encourage their active citizenship.


We are Sculpt

IARS International Institute to operate as Sculpt

*Charity CEO available for interview – details in notes 

A UK-based youth charity today changes its operating name from the IARS International Institute to Sculpt. 

IARS is an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Their work is guided and evaluated by young people themselves.  

Over the last 20 years, IARS has delivered more than 70 successful projects that have addressed real problems that young people face, in areas such as: 

  • Gender discrimination 
  • Violence against women and girls 
  • Supporting young people to find work 
  • Creating green and sustainable business 
  • Promoting collaboration among young people across the world and much more. 

In 2021, with the world changing rapidly and opportunities for their work shifting, they decided to refresh their purpose and identity, and made the decision to rebrand as Sculpt. 

Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of Sculpt, said: 

‘We are delighted to launch our new brand that speaks to our aim to empower young people to shape their future.

‘We believe that many of today’s young people are facing unjust challenges – economically, environmentally and socially. A fair, sustainable society can only evolve if all young people have the opportunities, the confidence, the ambition and the skills to make their voices heard and propel change in their communities, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.  

‘Our rebrand, like our work, has been guided by research and by young people themselves. As an organisation we base our work on rigorously researched evidence and are led in our approach by our youth advisory board. Their voices and insight are critical to solving the right problems in meaningful ways.’  


Notes to editors:  

Dr. Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of The IARS International Institute is available for interview. Contact Claire directly on: +44(0) 7833 224442  


Sculpt is a UK-based charity providing research, training and work-experience opportunities that empower young people to shape their own futures and those of their communities. 

We work directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We: 

  • Facilitate forums for young people to make their needs and their voices heard. 
  • Publish a magazine by young people to express their perspectives and encourage debate around public policy issues. 
  • Conduct research to uncover young people’s real needs and what works to empower and support them. 
  • Deliver training to build young people’s confidence, skills, ambition, resilience and sense of responsibility, so they can shape their futures and change their communities for the better, as leaders, social entrepreneurs and active participants in civic life. 
  • Deliver training for professionals who work with young people, drawing on our research and expertise. 
  • Engage with employers to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for young people to develop skills and access diverse jobs. 
  • Facilitate international exchange opportunities to encourage and enable young people to experience and appreciate other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. 

We tackle disempowerment from three angles: working directly with young people to build confidence and skills and their voice, working with professionals who support young people, and working with employers to break down barriers to opportunity.