Carers and learning

Many carers enjoy learning and doing courses. It is an opportunity to spend time on themselves. If you're a carer interested in studying, there is support available to help you find a course, funding and to arrange alternative care.

Finding the right course

Some colleges may run courses specifically for carers. These courses are often informal, friendly environments where you are encouraged to find a study programme that suits your learning style, caring duties and personal aims.

Other ways to get funding

Some colleges give reductions to carers on benefits and some provide help with funding for transport costs and course fees. Contact the college that has the course you are interested in for more information.

Alternative care

You may need to find someone to take over your caring duties while you study. Your carer's assessment by the local trust should include if you want to study and whether you will need someone to help you with your caring role while you learn.

Your local trust may have schemes available to help you take a temporary break from caring while you study. If you have not had an assessment, contact your local trust to arrange one.


Crossroads Northern Ireland provides respite care so that you can have time to yourself.

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