Eurocarers Study visits on Young Carers (Hamburg, 18-19 February 2016) and Working Carers (London,3-4 March 2016)
As part of its rolling annual programme of activities and thanks to the support provided through the EaSI partnership agreement with the European Commission, Eurocarers organises annual in-country study visits in order to provide Eurocarers members (and, on an ad-hoc basis, partners) with opportunities to:
- Discuss recent EU and national policy developments, promising research outcomes and good practices with regards to a specific topic of relevance to the work of Eurocarers.
- Hold a peer review with fellow member organisations and exchange on successful managerial policies and procedures.
Eurocarers’ study visits will be developed for and in close collaboration with our member organisations.
Based on our informal exchanges with members in the last few months, the themes of Eurocarers study visits in 2016 focused on:
1. Young carers: Our very first study visit looked into the challenges faced by young carers. As we all know, young carers are at greater risk of not completing their formal education and are less able to enter into higher education reducing their life chances and increasing their social exclusion. Addressing this topic is also very relevant and timely in the light of the European Commission’s initiatives on youth and long-term unemployment. The visit took place in Hamburg, Germany and was kindly hosted by our German member wir pflegen on the 18th and 19th February 2016.
2. Working carers: Research has already shown some of the negative impact of high intensity caring over time on working carers’ physical and mental health and well-being and their ability to stay in paid work; many carers reduce their working hours or leave the workplace altogether – thereby reducing their income and pension entitlements. Addressing the issues of working carers is not only important to alleviate carers’ burden, it also makes economic sense. This event was hosted by Carers UK and gave a chance to discuss good practices and innovative approaches to engage and coordinate with employers in order to support and improve the sometimes difficult situation of working carers. The event took place in London on the 3rd and the 4th of March 2016.