Are you a Young Carer?
A young carer is a carer who is aged under 18 who looks after a parent, sibling or grand-parent who may have a disability, serious illness, a mental health issue or an alcohol, drug or substance problem.
At times, caring for someone can be quite demanding and mean that there is less time for hobbies, interests, friends, part-time work or school work. As a young carer you may be taking on extra household chores, sorting out medications, helping someone to wash, or comforting someone, to name but a few tasks.
If you care for someone, you may feel like you would like to talk to someone or ask for help if you need it. As a young carer you can face serious caring responsibilities and in Newcastle we have a service run by specialist workers that can support you and give advice.
This service is for carers of all ages, including young carers. They provide individual and group support for young carers, as well as advice for their family.
If you are a young carer, there are lots of ways you can get in touch with them...
- Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Like them on Facebook/Newcastle Carers
- Follow them on Twitter @NCLCarers
- Text them on 07874 100043
- Telephone them on 0191 275 5060, Monday to Friday, 9am -5pm (they are closed on bank holidays)
If you are a professional working with a young carer and you would like to make a referral for a young carers assessment you can find the referral form and guidance at Newcastle Carers.