Campus Living Villages, in partnership with Gaddum’s Salford Carers Centre, has today announced a pioneering new project to support student carers in its accommodation.
Campus Living Villages, a major worldwide student accommodation provider, has recognised the extra support young adult carers, attending university, may need and has joined with Manchester’s oldest Health & Social Care charity, Gaddum, which was established in 1833, to drive forwards an exciting & innovative new project.
Together Salford Carers Centre and Campus Living Villages will encourage students, applying to become a resident, at one of 21 UK campuses, to identify themselves if they are carers & to access levels of support previously not provided by accommodation providers. Staff will be trained to recognise and support students carers, turning the organisation into a carer friendly environment also able to support employees who are carers and students who become carers during their university lives.
Campus Living Villages has also announced a bold new bursary scheme which will offer carers grants to eliminate added financial pressures caused by caring- whether that be travel costs, other expenses due to caring or challenges the isolation suffered by carers and the poverty of opportunity so many of them face.
The initiative will also see Campus Living Villages supporting its own staff through a Carers policy, seeing the organisation become a national leader in Carers employment rights.
Paul Moran, Gaddum’s Manager of Salford Carers Centre, said “Many young adult carers are unable to access University education due to continual caring roles and lack of support. The partnership with Campus Living Villages will challenge that perception as we work towards them, a major UK provider, becoming an organisation that will be seen as carer friendly both for its residents and also its employees. 70% of carers are hidden, we hope this partnership will help both students and employees indentify as carers and get the support they deserve.”
Alex Mayes from Campus Living Villages added “We are very excited about this project, which was voted for by our employees. We’re putting more resources into supporting our Carers because it’s the right thing to do. In helping carers get the right support, by alleviating some financial hardship through our ambitious bursary scheme and by being an understanding accommodation provider and employer, we hope our students and staff will manage better, do better and feel better- that is a win both for us, our employees and most importantly our students”.
If you are already live in a Campus Living Village community and would like to find out more, make contact with your village manager.