The Open University (OU) has over 10,000 hours of courses and learning materials on platforms such as OpenLearn , OpenLearn Cymru and FutureLearn. For the last few years, the OU in Wales, as part of its widening access work, has been using its OpenLearn Champions project to help bring these resources to communities across Wales. In 2015/16 the OU in Wales worked with Carers Trust Wales to develop What about me? a free personal development course for carers. The OU in Wales is also working closely with the Reaching Wider partnerships and the other universities in Wales to see how these informal resources can be used to help build confidence and skills and raise aspirations. This workshop session gives an opportunity to focus on the needs of Young Adult Carers and Carers in general and explore how these free online resources could help support your work.
The OU in Wales will also give an overview of alternative routes to higher education, which may be of use to carers who aren’t able to attend conventional university or who don’t have the traditional entry qualifications.
It’s a hands on session with plenty of opportunity to explore the resources yourselves and discuss and network with other colleagues.
Carers Trust Wales has appointed an Education Officer (Elizabeth Taylor) whose role is to ensure that universities across Wales are putting policies in place to support young adult carers.
Who is it for?
The session is specifically targeted at staff who are working with young adult carers, however the content and information will also be relevant to staff who work with carers of all ages.