Sarah is 24 years old and cares for her mother. Sarah shares her experience about getting help and support.
I first heard about Newcastle Carers in 2017, it was around February time, it was nerve-racking asking for help, I was nervous, definitely nervous.
I was hoping to gain confidence, get out of the house, interact with people. I felt that I had a lot of fear, my daily routine back then was that I spent a lot of time in the house with mam.
I put on weight. I just ate and sat with mam. I knew that I needed to make changes.
I was just hiding from the world, the house was my safe place and I didn’t want to leave it.
It is good to get out and interact. From then to now I have totally changed my life.
I wouldn’t have dreamt of going on holiday then, I didn’t think I could leave my mam, but now I can go away with strangers. I’m not scared anymore.
Newcastle Carers boosted my confidence.
I was heading down a negative path but now I’m going out more. Going to the gym with help from the Carers Wellbeing Fund. Going to the Young Adult Carer Group. And volunteering for other charities which I never thought I’d do.
I love it!"