Our Young Adult Carer Worker Claire Briston, provides information and support to unpaid carers aged 18-25 who are looking after someone living in Newcastle.
Who is a Young Adult Carer?
If you are aged 18-25 and you are helping to look after someone who has a long-term illness, disability, mental health illness or addiction who could not manage without your support, you are a young adult carer.
What support do we offer Young Adult Carers?
Young Adult Carers are able to access all of the support that Newcastle Carers has to offer, and you will find lots of useful information on this website. However, young adult carers have told us that they often face additional challenges because of their age and circumstances, so we have a specialist Young Adult Carer Worker who provides a tailor made service to meet the needs of carers in this age group.
Our Young Adult Care Worker Can:
- Give you information and advice to help you in your caring role
- Help you to get information and services for you and the person you care for
- Give you a chance to talk about your caring role with someone who understands
- Help and support you in liaising with professionals and other organisations.
Groups and Activities
The Young Adult Carers Group meets monthly on a Wednesday evening, 6pm – 8pm at Newcastle Carers Centre. To find out when the next "Young Adult Carers group" is on see our "What's On" section here.
The Young Adult Carers Group plan their own activities and topics for training sessions, so if there is anything in particular that you would like to do just let us know. The group is a really relaxed and friendly environment and we usually have around 4 young adults coming along. The group is still fairly new but the feedback so far has been great.
Activities the group have taken part in so far include:
- Creating a short film to raise awareness about the issues faced by young adult carers.
- Games night where we played loads of communication skills games
- Craft night which looked at ways of using arts and crafts to relax and de-stress.
Our Young Adult Carer Worker is planning some specific training sessions for young adult carers. These will be up and running soon, just get in touch to find out more.
You can access one-to-one support via email if that is easier for you, just contact Claire at: email@example.com.
There is also a national forum for young adult carers called Matter which you may find a useful way of chatting to other young adults with a caring role. Visit Matter here.
Students with a caring role
Young adult carers who are living in Newcastle as students but still providing care to a family member, or caring for a friend who lives in another area, can still access support through Newcastle Carers whilst they are living in the city. Please get in touch with us for information and support.
For more information or support contact our Carers Information Line: Tel. 0191 275 5060, SMS. 07874 100043.
Our Young Adult Carer Support is funded by the Carers Trust Time for Change Programme.