What We Do
What We Do
Thursday 31st January 2019 is Young Carers Awareness Day. We are marking this very important day with a special celebration event at The Exchange in North Shields. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to Steph Durkin, Young Carers’ Social Action Coordinator by 18th January.
At North Tyneside Carers' Centre, we work with young carers and their families. The young carers team 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, explore new activities and aspirations and make friends with other young people who have a caring role.
As of 2018 we also run Social Action projects, for young carers who would like to work on bespoke projects to bring about positive change for the young carers of North Tyneside.
A message to all families and professionals, as of 08/08/18 we are unable to accept any new referrals to the NTCC Young Carers' Project. This is due to a high demand for our service and at this present time we do not have the capacity to accept any new referrals. Please contact NTCC on 0191 643 2298 and ask to speak to a manager if you require further information. We thank you for your understanding and patience at that time, we are working hard to ensure the referral system is opened up again in the near future.
If you are a young carer and think you would benefit from some support, you can call us on 0191 643 2298. 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 would like more information please call us on 0191 643 2298 or refer a young carer through the 'MAKE A REFERRAL' tab.
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 it might include things like:
• Getting to know you and understanding how you feel about your caring role
• 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. 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 social action projects to raise awareness of young carers
• 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:
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.
What to expect
What to expect
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.