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    We are developing a support package for our student carers. Some students may not regard themselves as being an 'official carer'. At Oxford Brookes, we recognise carers as those “who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction” (definition from Carers Trust).

    A caring role can vary significantly but will include the following:

    • practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping
    • physical care, such as helping someone out of bed
    • personal care, such as helping someone dress
    • helping someone to give their medication
    • managing the family budget
    • collecting prescriptions and managing medication
    • helping someone communicate
    • looking after brothers and sisters
    • providing emotional support.

    Please contact our Student Welfare Adviser at studentwelfare@brookes.ac.uk to discuss how we can best support you.

    Dedicated contact

    We offer support on balancing a caring role with studying, via a dedicated member of staff who can support you during your time at university. Our Student Welfare Adviser can provide advice and guidance to you before you start your course and throughout your journey at Oxford Brookes. Help is available on a range of issues such as:

    • funding, eg help you apply for the correct funding
    • academic-related issues, such as discussing options if you need to be absent
    • referral to other services such as dyslexia, disability support and Wellbeing.