Young carers have to help out more at home with things like housework, picking up medical prescriptions or benefits, pushing a wheelchair, laundry, ironing, helping to give medication, cooking, shopping, accompanying someone to hospital or appointments, taking brothers and sisters to school and managing money and bills. Young carers who support family members with mental ill health or depression may provide emotional support by listening to their problems, cheering them up, or coping with inconsistent or strange behaviour. If a young carer supports a family member who has a drug or alcohol problem, they may have to ensure that persons safety, get them to bed and look after siblings. Young carers need a break from their caring role but it can be difficult to find time for themselves or to make new friends.
We are a charitable, voluntary organisation and we offer a free support service to young carers who are aged between 5 and 17 and live in Gateshead. The services offered will depend on the age and individual needs of each young carer. Everyone who attends has had experience of caring, so even if you don’t want to talk about being a carer, you can feel comfortable knowing that everyone has been through something similar to you.
- Days out and Social Opportunities (for 8-10, 11-13 and 14-17 age groups)
- Advice & Information
- Study Support
- Opportunities to learn new skills
- School Drop-Ins (click for list of)
- ‘Time-out’ from caring
- Young Carers School Card
- Take a Break Service
- 1:1 Emotional Support