Support for young carers
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps to look after someone that they live with who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. Most children and young people help at home in some way but young carers do more than their peers. Their family members rely on their help to do the things that they find difficult or can't do at all.
Examples of what a young carer may have to do include:
- practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping
- physical care, such as helping someone out of bed
- emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed
- personal care, such as helping someone bath, wash or dress
- managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions
- helping to give medicine
- helping someone communicate
- taking responsibility for brothers and sisters when parents are too unwell to do it themselves - this can include taking younger siblings to school
Carers Trust Tyne and Wear
The Young Carer Service at Carers Trust Tyne and Wear works with 5 to17 year olds living in Gateshead, and believes that young carers should have a life of their own alongside their caring role. Being a young carer shouldn't prevent you from having time for yourself, making friends, being happy and healthy or having the same opportunities as your peers. Staff understand the lives that young carers and their families lead and treat them with respect and compassion. They provide a range of services that address the issues that young carers say are important, such as social opportunities, emotional support, education support and programmes to promote health, wellbeing and personal development.
The Young Carer Service has been commissioned by Gateshead Council to carry out Young Carer Needs Assessments and provides one to every young carer joining the project. They can provide Transition Assessments to young carers approaching 18 which explore the support that you might require as you become an adult. The Service also provides grants on behalf of the Council through their Wellbeing Fund, which can enable you to purchase items that you feel will support your wellbeing.
Requesting a service
Young carers, families and professionals can request a service online through the Carer's Trust Tyne and Wear website.
Contact Adult Social Care
There are many ways to contact the adult social care team, both online and over the phone.
We encourage people who can contact us online to do so, as it helps to free up phone lines for emergencies or for those who don't have access to or the skills to use computers.