1 in 20 young carers will miss school because of their caring role and many are socially isolated, bullied, and have mental health issues.
What happens when they grow up?
There are 240,000 young adult carers, aged 18-24 in the UK. A quarter are not in education, employment or training, and the same proportion do more than 20 hours of caring per week, with 12% doing more than 50 hours a week. Young adult carer's themselves talk about a 'burden of maturity' leaving them isolated, struggling with money problems and subject to bullying.
What choices do young adult carers have upon leaving home?
Before we launched Move On Up, young adult carers we spoke to told us that they needed to continue caring, but had reached a point where they could not or did not want to live in the family home anymore. While every journey is different, we've seen that there are two major reasons for this. Either they have had to move out of the family home due to a relationship breakdown with the person they care for, or they feel like they cannot progress with their own life while living where they are.
Young adult carers have been coming to us because they are unable to find housing elsewhere. As single young people without high support needs, they are being told by social housing providers that there are no options available to them. In the private rented sector, our tenants have found it incredibly hard to find something affordable.
We want to live independently and get the same life chances as other young people.
- young adult carer talking in recent focus group
Why supportive housing?
When we spoke to young carers before launching Move On Up, a common request was for support and guidance to make the transition into independent living easier.
Move On Up is a unique and active learning project. We are exploring the effectiveness of different supportive approaches for our tenants, whilst sharing our experiences with organisations that might benefit from our knowledge. We already know that there are more young adult carers who would benefit from a supportive housing approach.
If you are interested in getting involved in any way or know someone who might be, we'd love to hear from you.
Move On Up partnership
Move On Up is a collaboration with Commonweal Housing, Quaker Homeless Action and Carers Trust. It's also the first time we've used social investment as a vehicle for a project, with substantial investment from Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, City Bridge Trust, and Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund.