#WeCareToo is an innovative new campaign created by a group of young adult carers to generate change in Newcastle by helping more 18-25 year olds with a caring role know about the support available to them.
All of the young adult carers involved in developing the #WeCareToo campaign receive support from us. They feel that their lives would have been very different if they had received that support sooner. This inspired them to raise awareness about the information, advice and support that is available for carers so that other people in similar situations can get the help they need.
1 in 12 young adults in Newcastle have a caring role, and often struggle with no support.
Georgia, 20, cares for her disabled mother and her autistic brother, both needing a high level of support and care. It takes time and energy to attend appointments, support them emotionally and help with day-to-day tasks. Georgia explains:
“For a long time I didn’t realise that I was a carer, I didn’t realise that there was support out there for me. I am hoping that this campaign will help other people that are looking after a family member or a friend with an illness or disability to get support for themselves. I want to encourage anyone who has a caring role to contact Newcastle Carers, they can really help.”
A carer is anyone who provides unpaid support to a friend or family member who is ill, disabled, has mental ill health or is misusing drugs or alcohol, and could not manage without help. There are approximately 7 million unpaid carers in the UK.
The #WeCareToo campaign was officially launched with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday 17 August in the centre of Newcastle, and the campaign has since spread all over the city, from billboards and bus-stops. You can join in helping to raise awareness by following #WeCareToo on social media.
#WeCareToo Campaign Information Pack
If you are a professional working in Newcastle, or a local business or organisation, we have various leaflets and posters available, in addition to digital resources that you can share via your website and social media - download the #WeCareToo Campaign Letter and posters from the "Download Now" buttons. If you would like further resources, we have lots more available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have free training available and the staff team are always happy to talk to you about the support available for carers.
Thank you for supporting the #WeCareToo campaign.
The #WeCareToo campaign has been funded and supported by NHS England North Regional Safeguarding and Quality Team.