Young Adult Carers

Important information: Our building on Shields Road and drop-ins in are closed until further notice.  Staff are working from home and we will be offering the best service we can during these difficult times.

Our Carers Information Line is open as normal Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Please call 0191 275 5060 for information, advice or support.

Our Young Adult Carer Worker 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 substance misuse problem 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, at Newcastle Carers, 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 Young Adult Carer Worker who can give an individual and tailor made service to young adult carers, and therefore meet the needs of this age group.

Our young adult carer 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 to communicate and liaise with professionals and other organisations
Help you to connect with other young adults who are in similar caring situations

If you need one-to-one information and advice contact us to speak to one our friendly team on telephone 0191 275 5060, or email [email protected].


#WeCareToocampaign

This innovative campaign was created by a group of young adults who have a caring role. All of the young adult carers involved in creating #WeCareToo receive support from us. They feel that their lives would have been very different if they had received support sooner. This inspired them to raise awareness about the information, advice and support that is available for carers so that others in similar situations can get the help and support they need. Part of the campaign involved the young adults sharing their real-life experiences at an event they planned and organised in Newcastle: #WeCareToo Young Adult Carers Awareness Event. This event aimed to generate positive change among professionals, including greater recognition of carers and new ways to identify carers. The film at the top of the page shows what happened at the event.

Visit our dedicated #WeCareToo page.


Groups and activities

Our Young Adult Carers Group usually meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at our Centre in Byker. 

Come along to our fun and friendly group! Young adults plan their own activities, including group trips and outings, as well as planning topics for information/training sessions.

For details of the next group meeting, see here.

Group activities so far include:

Creating a short film to raise awareness about the issues faced by young adult carers
Design and produce an innovative and successful campaign called #WeCareToo to raise awareness of young adult carers in Newcastle
Games night – lots of fun communication skill games
Watching an England rugby game, then meet and photos/autographs with the England rugby players
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.

Free digital training

Having better digital skills and being confident using the internet can really help young people in their caring role.

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 allows us to offer a free digital training resource through specialist and dedicated support for young adult carers aged 18-25 to improve their digital skills.

This training covers topics such as: how to access online information about health, how to stay safe on the internet, and will also give individuals access to useful resources and self-help tools. 

To access this free online training resource register with Learn My Way website here using the code 8000569.  

Don’t have a computer?… We have free computers available to use, contact us for more information. 


Students with a caring role

Young adult carers who are living in Newcastle as students and still provide care to a family member or friend who live in another area (outside of Newcastle), can still access support through Newcastle Carers whilst they are living in Newcastle.

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.

It is nice to find out about other young adults like myself…. just don’t be afraid.


Do you care for someone living outside of Newcastle?

If you care for someone who lives outside of Newcastle, find out about other Carers Centres in the North East here