Linnaeus University is one of Sweden’s newest higher education institutions, with around 31.000 students in 150 degree programme. The University was formed when the University of Kalmar and Växjö merged in 2010. Among its structures, the Department of Health and Caring Sciences is leading a research area on informal care and innovative ICT-based solutions supporting older people and informal carers. Results of its research have been recognised at national and international levels. The University has a solid expertise in the area of teaching and learning, knowledge transfer and dissemination methods in partnership with key stakeholder groups: end service users and their informal carers together with practitioners, decision makers and researchers.
The University of Ljubljana, established in 1919, is a public autonomous educational, research and artistic HE institution with rich tradition. It encompasses 23 faculties and 3 art academies. UL ranks among the top 500 universities according to the ARWU Shanghai ranking and among the top “% universities in the world according to the Times ranking. The Faculty of Social Sciences, established in 1961, is one of the largest members of the University of Ljubljana. It provides educational and research activities in the fields of sociology, political sciences, communications, journalism, cultural sciences, international relations, European studies and numerous other disciplines of social sciences. Activities include a specific focus on informal carers and, more recently, also on young carers, which constitute under-investigated topics in Slovenia.
Anziani e non solo (ANS) is a non-profit organisation working since 2004 in the field of social innovation. Besides an extensive background in EU project management, ANS has specific expertise in supporting the project target group of (young) carers by providing peer-support groups, awareness raising activities in schools, training opportunities (both via e-learning and workshops), counselling services, support to labour (re)insertion and by running an online community dedicated to them. ANS has developed a number of research projects, founded by the EU, focusing on young carers, such as “Care2work”, addressed to BME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups) young informal carers aiming to support their smooth transition from caring to adulthood; EPYC, which aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of youth professionals working with young carers; TOYAC focused on young adult carers.
Cuidadores Portugal is a non-profitable multidisciplinary and independent organisation. Its main objective is to give Portuguese informal carers visibility and voice, at national and international level and to promote their quality of life. Cuidadores Portugal participates in the development of support services for the promotion of health and quality of life of informal carers. It collaborates with numerous partners and organisations, such as universities, municipalities, companies, associations and research centers at national and international level. It has recently participated in the Portuguese Government Consultation Group to propose protective social and health care legislation to promote Portuguese carers’ quality of life.
EUROCARERS is an umbrella organisation bringing together 66 carers’ organisations as well as relevant research & development organisations from 24 countries – a unique combination that enables evidence-based advocacy. The network works to ensure that care is valued and unpaid care is recognised as central to the sustainability of health and long term care systems. Eurocarers’ commitment to shed light on the challenges young carers face and the promising practices that exist to overcome these is proved by the different events organized or co-hosted on the topic: a study visit in Hamburg, in February 2016; a workshop in Brussels in June 2016; the International Young Carers Conference held in Malmö in May 2017. Eurocarers has recently established a Young Carers Working Group, bringing together young carers, former young carers and young carers organisations from all across Europe and beyond.