Students with Care Responsibilities

Students with Care responsibilities

Here at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David we pride ourselves on the level of support we offer every student, regardless of background

Students with Care responsibilities at home are recognised by the university as individuals who may potentially require additional support.

"The role of a carer"

What is a Carer?

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

Each carer’s experience is unique to their own circumstances.

The causes of someone taking on caring responsibilities are varied but can include:

  • Serious physical illness
  • Long-term physical disability
  • Long-term neurological conditions
  • Mental health problems
  • Dementia
  • Addiction
  • Learning difficulties

The duties of a carer

Just as the reasons why someone becomes a carer vary greatly, the variety of tasks that a carer fulfills is diverse. They can include the following duties:

  • Practical household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, washing up, ironing, paying bills and financial management.
  • Personal care such as bathing, dressing, lifting, administering medication and collecting prescriptions.
  • Emotional support such as listening, offering advice and friendship.

Although the distinction is often made between a full-time or part-time carer, there is not a minimum time requirement or age restriction that “qualifies” someone as being more or less of a carer.

Someone in their seventies who cares 24/7 for their spouse with severe dementia is a carer. A teenager who offers emotional support and helps to keep the household running as and when the fluctuating nature of their parent’s mental health requires it — is also a carer. The two situations are very different. Both are individual examples of the 7 million carers in the UK today."

There is a dedicated Facebook Group for Carers at the University to chat, arrange social events and support one another. Click on the icon to request to join the group;

Carers at UWTSD Facebook


On campus counseling:

Counseling at UWTSD

Carmarthen Campus: 01267 676830
Lampeter Campus: 01570 424876
Swansea Campus: 01792 481206

All other support with learning and University life can be accessed through Student Services
Student Services at UWTSD

The University's Student's Union is also there to support you during your studies, and are available to offer support and guidance on lots more than just social issues;
UWTSD Students Union 

Dedicated cross-campus Carers Champion:
Elliot Wigfall
01267 676789

There is a dedicated Young Adult Carer Bursary that is available up to the age of 25, but there are also many others available if you need support with anything else.
Bursaries at UWTSD

If you have concerns about fees there is a helpful video available to help explain the financial situation
Student Finance at UWTSD

Carmarthenshire Carers

Melanie Rees
Young Adult Carers Development Officer
Carers Information Service
The Palms
Unit 396
Queen Victoria Road
SA15 2TH
Tel: 0300 0200 002
Twitter @CarmsCarers

Swansea Carers

Alexandra Atkins 
Young Adult Carers Worker   
Swansea Carers Centre
104 Mansel  Street
Tel:  01792 653344  Mob: 07974 260711   

Twitter @SwanseaCarers   

Powys Carers

Jan Davies
Young Carers Team Leader
Powys Carers Service
1st Floor
Old Town Hall
Temple Street
Llandrindod Wells
Tel : 01597 823800 Mobile: 07896 416 640
Email :