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 ill-health 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 can access all of the support that we have to offer, and you can find lots of useful information on our website.
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 can provide 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
Do You Care?
Read the fourth edition of our young adult carers newsletter Do You Care?, written by the Young Adult Carers and Young Carers Newsletter Group.
The Young Adult Carers and Young Carers Newsletter Group is a group of young adult carers and young carers (carers aged between 5-18 years) who meet to design and produce the newsletter 'Do You Care?'
'Do You Care?' newsletter is also available to download from Our Publications page.
An innovative new campaign created by a group of young adults from Newcastle who have a caring role. All of the young adult carers involved in creating 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.
We have a dedicated #WeCareToo website page with information and resources, which you can visit here.
Groups and activities
We have a Young Adult Carers Group that meet every first and third Wednesday of the month, 6pm - 8pm at our Centre in Byker. You can find out the details of the next group meeting by visiting our "What's On" page here.
The group plan their own activities and information/training topic sessions. If you would like to join the group and have any particular activities/training in mind you would like to try or know more about, just let us know. The group is relaxed and really friendly and there are usually around 6 young adults that come along. Group feedback so far has been great!
Group activities so far include:
|Creating a short film to raise awareness about the issues faced by young adult carers
|Design and produce a successful the successful #WeCareToo campaign to raise awareness of young adult carers in Newcastle
|Games night - lots of fun communication skills games
|Visit to a local organisation to learn how to make pizzas!
|Training/talks on such topics as learning British Sign Language (BSL)
|Craft night - looking at ways of using arts and crafts to relax and de-stress.
If you would prefer to access one-to-one support via email, please just contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free digital training
We were awarded funding by Carers Trust as part of Nominet Trust’s Digital Reach programme to help young adult carers gain basic digital skills through better access to technology and online training platforms.
The funding allowed us to offer a free digital training resource through specialist and dedicated support for young adult carers aged 18 to 25 years old to improve their digital skills.
To access the online training resource register with Learn My Way website here. It's free to register using our code 8000569, and once registered you have access to both Learn My Way training, additional tools and resources aimed specifically at supporting you with in your caring role.
We additionally have free computers available to use.
Why is it important to get digital skills training?
Having better digital skills and being confident using the internet can really help you in your caring role. Through this training you will learn how to access online information about health, how to stay safe on the internet, and will also give you access to useful resources and self-help tools. The training is suitable for a range of different abilities - you can complete a quick assessment of your needs to make sure the training is tailored to suit you.
If you would like any more information about the Digital Reach programme, contact Claire on 0191 275 5060, or email: email@example.com
Students with a caring role
Young adult carers who are living in Newcastle as students but still providing care to a family member or friend who live in another area, can still access support through Newcastle Carers whilst they are living in this city.
If you are student living in Newcastle and caring for someone living in another area, please contact us for more information or support.
For more information or support contact our Carers Information Line: Tel. 0191 275 5060, SMS. 07874 100043.
Have you visited our information resource to find out more about caring? We have a dedicated Young Adult Carers section. See our Information Hub here.
Our Young Adult Carer Support is funded by the Carers Trust Time for Change Programme.