Who are Young Carers?

Who are Young Carers?

There are at least 376,000 young adult carers in the UK. Unlike most kids who help out at home, young carers take on significant responsibilities to support loved ones who struggle. From helping with daily tasks to emotional support, their responsibilities can affect many aspects of their day-to-day life.

  • Health: Many experience headaches, fatigue, and sleep problems.
  • School: Missing classes, struggling with workload, and feeling unsupported by teachers are common issues.
  • Social life: Caring can decrease opportunities to connect with peers and participate in activities.
  • Self-confidence: Juggling responsibilities can lead to stress and anxiety.

Despite these challenges, Young Carers are incredibly resilient. They develop valuable skills like compassion, responsibility, and resourcefulness.

Who we support

Who we support

We support Young Carers (under 18) by offering breaks, activities, and educational support.

Carers Trust Tyne & Wear has carried out extensive research and consultations with Young Carers and unearthed some staggering local statistics:

  • Over 40% of young carers in Gateshead miss meals.
  • Nearly half have difficulty sleeping.
  • Many feel isolated and worried about their loved ones.
  • Almost 30% reported feeling unhappy with their life.

Being a Young Carer is challenging, but we’re here to help. If you’re a Young Carer in Gateshead, you don’t have to go it alone. We offer resources and support to help you thrive.

Caring affects you, and how we can help

Being a Young Carer comes with a variety of challenges, and juggling the demands of caring can take a toll on many aspects of life. At Carers Trust Tyne & Wear, we offer support and advice for dealing with financial difficulties, your health and general well-being, social connections, and even your education or career.

Health & well-being

Caring can be physically and emotionally demanding. We offer resources on managing stress, maintaining health, and supporting your mental well-being.

Social connection

Caring can be isolating, making it difficult to leave the house and socialise. Explore Carers Trust resources on getting a break and maintaining social connections.

Learning & education

Caring responsibilities may impact your school or educational opportunities. We can help support you to minimise impact on your studies

Let’s talk about how we can help and support you in caring.
We’re here to help – just get in touch.

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