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What we do


What we Do

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What we do


What we Do

At North Tyneside Carers Centre Young Carers Project, we work with young carers and their families. We provide practical and emotional support to young carers around their caring role. We also offer a breaks and activities service so that young carers take a break from caring and explore new activities and aspirations. If you are a young carer and you think you would benefit from some support, you can call us on 01916432298. You can also refer yourself to our project on the 'MAKE A REFERRAL' tab. 

If you are a family member of a young carer or a professional working with a young carer and you would like to hear more about the support we can offer, please call us on 01916432298 or refer a young carer through the 'MAKE A REFFERAL' tab.    

ABOUT

North Tyneside Carers’ Centre is a charity that’s been around since 1994. We provide support to young people who care for a family member because that person has an illness, disability, mental health issues and/or substance misuse issues, and therefore can’t manage alone.

How we help you and your family is up to you, but might include things like:

• Getting to know you and understanding how you feel about being a carer.

• Making sure that caring doesn’t stop you from doing the things that you want to do, such as going out with friends, going to school/college, or getting a job.

• Speaking to your teachers so they understand how caring affects you. This is up to you though, and we won’t get in touch with them unless you’re happy for us to do so.

• Finding local clubs and activities so you can have a break and have some fun.

• Helping you to understand more about the illness or disability the person you are caring for has.

• Providing opportunities for you to get involved with projects to raise awareness.

• Helping you and your family to find ways of understanding how you feel to make it easier to get along.

 

You can download more information below:

Parents Information Booklet

Young Peoples Information Booklet

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What is a Young Carer


 

What is a Young Carer?

What is a Young Carer


 

What is a Young Carer?

Young Carers are children and young people aged 5-18 who help to look after somebody in their family because that person has a disability, illness, or mental health difficulty, or because that person misuses drugs or alcohol.  

Most children and young people help out at home with things like washing dishes and keeping their room tidy.

Young Carers have to do more than that. They might help to do the shopping, cooking, cleaning, looking after younger brothers or sisters, giving medication, helping the person they care for go to the toilet, shower, stay with them and keep them company when they’re feeling down, or worry about that person when they aren’t with them.

Caring can affect how you feel, your family life, social life and education.

Every family is different…There is no right or wrong answer, but it is important that caring doesn’t stop young people from getting on with their lives or affect their health.

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What to expect


What to expect

What to expect


What to expect

  • You’re referred to the Young Carers’ Project.
  • A Family Support Worker will come to meet you, usually at home.
  • Your worker meets up with you to start to get to know you.
  • Your worker makes a plan with you and your family about what.
  • Your worker does what you agreed in the plan.  They’ll talk to you about this when they see you.
  • Once you and your worker have done everything agreed, they will talk to you about whether you need further support.

We will contact you in advance to arrange appointments or one-to-one sessions.
  
There may be times when your Family Support Worker has to cancel or re-arrange your appointment. We will always try to let you know as soon as possible if we have to cancel an appointment, but there may be times when it will be short notice.

If you can’t make an appointment, for whatever reason, it’s helpful if you can let us know. You’ll find our number on the back page.

We want to make sure that you get the support that you and your family need. To help us do this it’s good if you can be open and honest; we understand you need to build trust with your worker.  We can only provide the best support if we understand how things are for you and your family.