Studying with The Open University in Wales is flexible, meaning you can fit your learning around you. That’s why we are such a popular choice for carers. We want to make our courses and higher education accessible for carers right across Wales.
We also work closely with Carers Trust Wales and their network of carers’ centres across Wales, running information and taster sessions and supporting carers to take their first and next steps in higher education.
What about me? A personal development course for carers in Wales has been developed by us and Carers Trust Wales. The course is designed for carers of any age and ability and helps carers to recognise and reflect on their skills and experiences. The course also includes carers from Wales sharing their own experiences of balancing their caring responsibilities with education and employment. As a free online resource, the course can be used for free by carers groups or carers studying on their own.
James explains the importance of reflection and personal development courses for carers. Watch James talk about how reflection can often allow a carer to understand how they are developing skills which can be used in education or the workplace.
A transcript (PDF) of this video is also available.
We are running What about me? workshop sessions for carers and anyone who works with carers across Wales. These workshops offer ‘tasters’ of the course and provide practical information on further study options.
Our work with carers has been growing since our first project in 2010. The report 'Extending opportunities for carers' evaluates our work with carers from 2010-2013. It offers valuable insights into supporting carers to access and succeed in higher and further education. It highlights flexible learning opportunities – such as provided by the OU – are essential for carers whose lives are busy, unpredictable and often stressful.
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