Carers Week at West Lothian College
West Lothian College is proud to be supporting Carers Week by raising awareness of caring and the challenges that unpaid carers face.
Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign to bring caring out into the open – recognising the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK. There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers, looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older.
The college recently achieved the Going Further for Student Carers Award that demonstrates how well it supports students who are carers. College staff continue to is identify ways to enhance that support by speaking to student carers and listening to their needs.
Lorna Jenkins, student support manager at West Lothian College, said: “It’s really important that all of our staff appreciate the difficulties student carers can face. Caring responsibilities can be unpredictable and we will do our best to be flexible with things like attendance, timekeeping and submission dates.
“Home life can be chaotic and changeable for student carers and it’s not always easy to do their college work in that environment. Our commitment is to understand those pressures and respond to what student carers need to help them stick with college.”
Carers can sometimes let their own self-care and wellbeing slip while looking after someone. The impact that caring can have on all aspects of life should not be underestimated and Carers Week is a brilliant opportunity hear them talk about their experiences.
For many carers, life is a constant juggling and balancing act and their role can lead to a lot of stress. Carers Week is an ideal time to support a carer you know or reach out to carers in your local community.
If you’re a student carer at the college you can find information about support available here: https://www.west-lothian.ac.uk/help-advice/student-support-services/.