Going to University/Further Education
Being a carer whilst studying for your degree can be a challenging time, juggling between managing your studies, social life and caring responsibilities. Many universities and colleges have, or are developing, support packages for carers attending university. Make sure you let the university/college know of your situation during enrolment.
The NUS has information and advice for student carers: https://www.nus.org.uk/en/advice/caring-and-studying/benefits-for-student-carers/
Returning to work
You may decide to return to work when your caring role ends or decide you would like to combine work and caring. Returning to work can feel overwhelming – there are many organisations that offer information and advice on how to make the move back into the workplace less daunting.
Carers UK and Working For Carers have information on getting back to work:
You may consider volunteering as the next step for you. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes and the local community. It doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time, as it’s about what fits for you with your caring responsibilities. We have a variety of volunteering opportunities within Devon Carers – please look at how you can get involved.
Your own health
We all have worries about the future. However, when you have someone dependent on you for their care, this can increase your worries further. If your own health deteriorates, contact Care Direct on 0345 0551 007 to request an assessment for yourself and your health needs. They will take into consideration your role as a carer.
Take some time to talk to your family and friends. They may be able to help out and relieve some of the pressure on you, especially during periods of ill health.