Care Leavers and Care Givers

Support at Aston

The Student Advice team can provide care leavers with general funding and welfare advice. As a care leaver, you might also be eligible for the Aston Support Scholarship or Moving On grant, which the team can advise you on. You can get in touch with them by email or by calling the Hub on 0121 204 4007.

There is a purpose-built nursery and pre-school available on campus for children aged from three months to five years. 

Listening Ear is a pastoral support drop-in service based on campus. It offers the following support for students, regardless of religious affiliation: confidential, non-judgemental listening; help in times of distress; signposting to specialist sources of help (including faith contacts if you wish).

There are a variety of mentoring schemes available at Aston which are designed to enable students, alumni and professionals alike to have the opportunity to support the Aston student community, develop skills, expand networks and share experiences. You will have the opportunity to engage in mentoring activities at every stage of your learning journey.

Useful resources

The following organisations and resources can offer further support and advice:

TARGETjobs: equality and diversity issues, and your graduate job hunt - You can find advice on a range of key equality and diversity issues in this article. They look at your rights during the recruitment process, disclosing information to your employers and more. 

Birmingham Carers Hub - They offer a wide range of support and services to carers in Birmingham.

Carers Trust - A major charity for, with and about carers. They have a wealth of information for young adult carers, including this handy guide to getting into work.

Carers UK - A supportive community and movement for change. They can give you expert advice, information and support, connect you to other carers in the community and more.

Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers - This is a definitive list of UK-based organisations that promote inclusion across all protected characteristics, throughout each level of employment within their organisation.

Standalone - This charity supports people who are estranged from their family or children. Their objective is to break down the stigma around estrangement and support estranged people in their daily lives.

Totaljobs Guides - If you’ve got questions about work equality, take a look at these expert guides from Totaljobs which cover topics such as how to ask for a pay rise, gender transitioning in the workplace, what it’s like to be deaf in the workplace and more. 

VERCIDA - The UK’s largest diversity and inclusion-focused career hub for recruiters and jobseekers. As well as promoting jobs with inclusive employers, they provide resources for a range of applicants including, those with disabilities, those aged over 50, LGBTQ+ applicants, religious applicants and more.