Rhondda carers go back to school

Carers in Rhondda Cynon Taf are heading back to the classroom to undertake further education thanks to a pioneering Open University scheme.

Launched by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the Welsh Education Association, the Engagement Gateway allows carers in the County Borough to broaden their horizons and achieve their personal goals.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Carers Support Project is providing the opportunity for carers to undertake an Open University course of their choice – all free of charge.

The ‘caring’ students will undergo a wide range of courses, which last on average between 10 and 20 weeks.

Cllr Mike Forey, Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Adult Social Services, said: “We recognise the incredible work that is undertaken by Carers across the County Borough who devote so much of their lives to helping others.

“The Open University scheme allows them to have some valuable time to themselves in order for them to gain further education qualifications.

“It is important that first-class services such as the Council’s Carers Support Project are there to assist Carers in any way possible, and they do this by introducing a whole host of pioneering scheme and workshops such as the Open University scheme.”

Carers who undertake Open University courses will receive on-going support from their personal tutor, along with a series of workshops. Here they are able to meet with other Carers, discuss ideas and improve their knowledge in each of the chosen areas.

Are you a Carer in Rhondda Cynon Taf? Would you like to take part in the Open University scheme? For more information contact Claire Perry on 01443 425431 or email [email protected]