Training and resources:
If you go to school or work in a school in North Tyneside and would like to know more about how your school can raise awareness of young carers then get in touch. We can help you plan assemblies, staff training and much more.
We offer bespoke training to organisations in health, social care, education and the voluntary sector to assist staff in identifying and supporting young carers. If you would like more information then please contact the Young Carers Project team.
Raising awareness of how caring affects young people's lives with workers from other organisations, is a great way of encouraging people to identify young carers.
Over the past four years, we've been working with different groups of young carers on projects to help them raise awareness of issues that are important to them with people they think need to know about young carers. This is known as the Young Carers Exceptional Stories (YES) project, and is a partnership with YMCA North Tyneside. Follow the links below to see the short films and game that some of the groups worked on.
The YES Project
ART WORK ON TOUR
This art work is part of the YES (Young carers Exceptional Stories) Project and came about to highlight the creative, colourful and supportive young people in North Tyneside.
The art work developed as it visited young carer groups at Norham High School, St Thomas More RC Academy, Churchill Community College, John Spence Community High School, PROPS, YMCA Teen Relax, YES 8 group and the Young Carers' Club.
You might have seen the art work over the summer if you've been in North Tyneside Council's Customer First Centres. It will be at North Tyneside Council, Cobalt from the 12th-26th September 2016.
We would like the art work to tour as many organisations or venues as possible to continue to raise awareness of the issues young carers face. If you would like to arrange the art work being in your school or organisation please get in touch with Steve Wilkinson, Young Carers Development Worker. Please e-mail email@example.com or call the Centre on (0191) 6432298.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
A DAY IN THE LIFE…. The aim of the YES! project and the App we’ve developed with them is to raise general awareness of the issues young carers face and to make people consider the many ways in which being a young carer can impact your everyday life.
If you're a professional whose organisation deals with young people please consider putting this link on your website: www.theyesproject.co.uk
Yes project films:
These films offer an insight into the lives of young carers as told by young carers themselves. Hear about what the YES Project meant to the young people involved and the messages they want to pass on.
Messages: (6 minutes).
Young people talk about their experiences as a young carer and have a message of support for other young people in a similar situation.
All Work No Play: (7.5 Minutes).
Building and maintaining friendships can be difficult for some young carers, especially when you have to leave quickly, sometimes without explanation. (This story focuses on the impact of caring on young people’s social lives).
Giving You All of My love: (2.5 minutes).
A personal story which highlights the thoughts of a young carer and how it makes them feel. Often the unseen emotional support that young carers provide can lead to isolation which impacts on their own mental health.
Draw My Life: (4.5 minutes).
Family life as a young carer can be difficult as the focus is often on the ‘cared for’. This story helps viewers to understand the everyday practical and emotional support a young carer gives and the impact it has on their lives.
A Mothers Story: (6 minutes).
A follow on to ‘Draw My life’ in which a mother realises what life as a young carer is like for her daughter. We find out what changes the mother makes to support her daughter. The need for a ‘whole family approach’ from services is highlighted by the mother as key to finding the correct support.
Yes project posters: