Carers, we see you
Have you ever supported a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, alcohol or other drug issue, or is frail aged, all without getting paid?
Then, like 12 per cent of the population, you’ve been a carer. For many carers, however, it’s a task they bear alone.
We recognise there are many ‘hidden carers’ at UTS and in the wider community who may not be accessing the supports available to them. That’s why this National Carers Week, 13 to 19 October (and beyond), we’re saying: carers, we see you.
On Wednesday 16 October, we’re celebrating UTS’s staff and student carers, and those in frontline support roles with a lunchtime campus event, where you can learn about the stories of our staff and student carers and enjoy some well-earned rest with a free massage.
You can also learn about the support services on offer, including:
- Flexible work and study options
- Dedicated staff: Academic Liaison Officers as a first point of contact for student carers
- Financial advice for student carers
- Core meeting hours guidelines in certain faculties for staff
- Free, confidential counselling for staff and students
Understanding what we can do to help student carers:
We’re launching a new consultation report with student carers at UTS which can be found on the UTS Centre for Carers Research Website.
Want to find out more? Read about some of the stories of our own staff and student carers. For further equity-related advice contact the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org and contact email@example.com to access more information about research with carers at UTS.