It is our vision at South Lanarkshire College that student carers can gain their qualification in a learning environment that is rewarding and ensures equal opportunities. We are committed to ensuring there are no barriers to entitlement or success at South Lanarkshire College and will take the necessary steps to identify, support and report on our student carers.
A carer is someone of any age who looks after or provides unpaid support for a family member or friend who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or addiction cannot cope without their support. This includes those in receipt of carers allowance/young carers grant. To this end, we have developed a Student Carers Policy and Student Carer Support Plan, which outlines the support available:
All student carers will have a named staff contact, the Guidance and Support Advisor, who is based within Student Services. To get in touch with the Guidance and Support Advisor you can email Student.Support@slc.ac.uk or phone 01355 807406.
If you would like further information on the support available to you as a student carer, you can also visit the Advice Centre to speak with a member of the Student Services team or self-refer by signing into the Student Portal and clicking on the ‘Carer’ button. This will automatically generate a message to the Guidance and Support Advisor and they’ll be in contact to discuss the support available before, during and after College.
The tailored 1:1 support you will receive from the Guidance and Support Advisor will include:
• Discussing course options and assistance with completing the application and personal statement.
• Offering you a visit to see the facilities to help with orientation.
• Provide guidance and advice on funding, childcare, discretionary, accommodation and travel.
• Introduce you to the Learning Development team, if necessary.
• Help you access additional support services, such as in-house counselling, pastoral support or mental health services.
• Meet with you regularly and provide ongoing support.
• Discuss how you are progressing with your studies and offer support towards your next steps after College.
In addition to the support already provided to students with caring responsibilities, we are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Going Further for Student Carers: Recognition Award! Launched by the Carers Trust in March 2019 this award recognises the excellent support services that are available across the College to ensure student carers achieve their full potential.
For further details on this success and to hear from our Principal please follow this link:
Lanarkshire Carers Centre
Lanarkshire Carers Centre provides a number of support services to carers in the Lanarkshire areas such as one-to-one Carer Support, Carer Support Groups, Care Talk and also tailored support for Young Adult Carers aged between 18-25.
Phone: 01698 428090
Carers Trust Scotland
Carers Trust Scotland is the largest provider of comprehensive carer support services in Scotland. They reach approximately 30,000 adult carers and 2,400 young carers from all groups and communities, through a unique network of independent carers centres and young carers services throughout Scotland.
Phone: 0300 772 7701
East Kilbride & District Dementia Carers Group
East Kilbride & District Dementia Carers Group was formed in 1990 and provides care and support to both people living with dementia and their carers. They provide Carers Support Group meetings, Daycare services, forums, trips and many other support services.
Phone: 01355 244123