If you are a school in North Tyneside and are thinking about setting up a young carers group, or already have an established group, we would love to work with you! Our social action projects are FREE, and support young people to make positive change whilst boosting their confidence, communication and teamwork skills. Get in touch with Social Action Coordinator, Steph, on 0191 643 2298 / firstname.lastname@example.org
John Spence High Social Action Film Project
From October 2018, we have worked with young carers at John Spence High who decided they wanted to create a short film to raise awareness about the issues a young carer might face in their life. The students created a character, who they used to share elements of their story and experience of caring. They worked with film maker, Sarah Kuchenbuch, to bring the story to life. The first half of the film shows a day in the life of the character, with the character half way through imagining ‘what if’ they weren’t a young carer, and what their life could be like.
One group member said:
“I can’t believe it…for the first time ever I stood up and spoke in English! It’s because of doing this project…this project has made me feel so much more confident.”
Another group member said:
“I think we have built up our communication skills. The project has helped me understand more about my own role as a young carer.”
Watch their remarkable film below:
Summer Holiday Projects 2018
We had an action packed summer here at North Tyneside Carers' Centre!
Our first social action summer school project was our Music Project!
We worked with Will Lang, Beccy Owen and Jack Burton to create two amazing tracks which explore the feelings young carers have about their lives. The young people involved commented that writing songs really helped them express their emotions around their caring role. Listen to the tracks below!
Our second social action project was our Paint Project!
After many years of use, the time came for Carers Corner to have a fresh lick of paint.
Twelve artistic young carers with a passion for getting messy joined us for a week of designing and decorating, to give Carers Corner some TLC! Carers Corner is a space for young carers, so it is important to us that their room represents who they are and what they are all about.
What do you think?
Phew! A very busy summer taking social action!
2018 signified the 24th birthday of North Tyneside Carers' Centre.
To mark this anniversary, young carers came together to create a social action project. Using art and drama, the young carers devised a piece of issue based theatre exploring 24 hours in the life of a young carer as well a 3D interactive clock.
The aim of Project 24 is to deepen people's understanding of what types of care a young carer may provide. The young carers did this by performing their piece of theatre at the Live Theatre in February 2018 to key professionals working in North Tyneside.
The impact of the emotional support that a young carer provides can be overlooked when professionals consider a young carers’ caring role, and can lead to a young carer remaining unidentified.
After the performance, Norma Redfearn, elected mayor of North Tyneside, said: “The needs of our young carers have always been close to my heart and we do our best to make sure they fulfil their amazing potential.
“The performance at the end of Project 24 was incredibly powerful. I was touched by the honesty of the young people and moved by their stories.”