Welcome to Compass

About Compass

Compass: Young Carers began as a programme for Year 10 & Year 11 students with caring responsibilities in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. The programme ran physically for four years, aiming to raise aspirations and attainment in young carers, and make students aware of their post-16 options. Compass featured a number of workshops, with activities designed to build soft skills, increase confidence, dispel myths surrounding further and higher education, and give young carers to the tools to map out their education and career paths.

The programme was a huge success and received excellent feedback from our young carers, their families, schools, and local hubs. We have now decided to extend the reach of our support, by making our resources available to anyone who is interested in supporting young carers to achieve their full potential in school, home life and their futures.

This (free) tool-kit includes interactive activities, quizzes, lesson plans, information and links designed to not only help young carers to make informed decisions about their future education and careers, but give them the confidence to communicate and pursue these ideas.

Activities & Lesson Plans

Here you’ll find a range of downloadable activities, information sheets and lesson plans, and some online quizzes. Activities are grouped by theme and suggested lesson plans are provided, but all activities are designed to be flexible. They can be mixed-and-matched, used in lunchtime, after-school or weekend groups – or used at home!

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A key part of the compass course for me was making myself stand out. We covered how to make ourselves make a good impression when being interviewed and how to prepare ourselves. We learnt how to not only make an impact in person but also on paper. This included how we would write an application that makes us a real consideration for employers/universities. Eventually I would like to study zoology with conservation and help out the anti poaching efforts around the world and compass gave me the advice and know how to help me take the steps to ensuring my road to this goal was not impossible. Compass was such an amazing opportunity and I made so many good friends, if I were given the opportunity to give others this guidance I would not hesitate.

Male Compass Participant

Support for Young Carers

There is a whole bunch of information for young carers on the internet, but it can be difficult to track it down and find the information you’re looking for.  Here we’ve compiled a list of just some of the different resources, information, charities and groups designed to support young carers. If you’re aware of any useful links and support that we haven’t listed, let us know through the contact page.

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Support for Young Carers
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