Kirsty McCallum - Workstart student and Carer
Kirsty McCallum (18) is a Workstart student from Stirling. She looks after her brother who is paralysed from the waist down. She helps to cook, clean, do the washing, household chores and lots more stuff. Kirsty nearly had to give up college as looking after her brother was a higher priority.
She said: “I thought I might have to leave college, but managed to keep myself going to the end of it. A few lecturers and others at FVC knew about me being a carer and they have supported me through this.
“I think the Carers Charter is good. The FV Student Association and FVC Student Support Services might be able to help to sort things out and support you through it. I would recommend the support services on offer to other students as they can give you the chance of support and help. I would now like to become a carer for other people or become a dog walker.”
A new Carers Charter has been created at Forth Valley College promoting a culture that recognises carers and their needs and helps them to remain in education.
FVC Principal Dr Ken Thomson officially signed the Charter, which was the brainchild of the Forth Valley Student Association and supported by Carers Trust Scotland, Stirling Carers Centre and FVC’s Student Services Team, at the Stirling Campus on Wednesday 21 February.
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. The new charter highlights how FVC values the vital work done by carers and is committed to working with them to help them continue with their education.