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Do you look after someone who couldn’t manage without your help and support?
If you answered yes, then you might be a carer.
Who is a carer?
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member, friend, partner or neighbour who has a disability, an illness, is frail, has mental health difficulties or has alcohol or drug related problems and who could not manage without their help or support.
Why do carers need support?
Many carers face emotional and financial difficulties. Many have given up their income, employment prospects or pension rights to care for someone. Others attempt to juggle jobs and their caring responsibilities. Taking on a caring role can lead to feelings of isolation, frustration, depression and result in ill health. Access to information, emotional support, advocacy, financial support and opportunities to take a break can help manage the impact of caring on their lives.
Newcastle Carers (formerly Carers Centre Newcastle) provide dedicated support and information to carers aged 18 and over in Newcastle. We work with local organisations to develop better support services for carers and recognition of their important role. We also work to help carers support each other and give carers a voice in the city.
What is a Carers Centre?
Carers Centres deliver a wide range of local support services to meet the needs of carers in their own communities which can include:
- Information and advice
- Emotional support
- Community consultation
- Practical help
- Training and education
Carers Centres help find hidden carers; find the right information for carers; fight for carers rights; support carers emotionally; and help make caring a positive experience.
The aim of Carers Centre’s is to help ensure that no carer has to reach crisis point before they get the support they need. In short, to make it easier for carers to cope.