What is a Young Carer?

A Young Carer is someone under 18 who helps to care for a parent, sister, brother, grandparent or other individual because they have an illness, disability, mental health difficulty or misuses drugs or alcohol.

Aim of the Project

“Our Aim is for Young Carers to be resilient, confident, ambitious and independent. To be protected from inappropriate caring and to enjoy a positive childhood”

What the Project Offers

The project offers the following support, advice and information to Young Carers and their families

  • Referral to Humankind Charity for a Young Carers Assessment
  • Young Carer School Holiday Activity Program
  • Personal Development, Workshop, and Qualifications
  • Young Carers Steering Group
  • Young Carer Training i.e. First Aid, Safeguarding, Duke of Edinburgh, Qualifications
  • Residential Breaks
  • Young Adult Carer Group – Age 16 – 24 to support with transition
  • School Support – Monthly Drop In Sessions and One to One Support
  • Family Support – Activity Days, Advice and Advocacy, Training and Monthly Family Forums
  • Young Carers Awareness Training
  • Improved Awareness of Young Carers Across Agencies and Community Services
  • Early Identification of Young Carers
  • Improved Pathways Between Children and Adult Services
  • Partnerships With Statutory and other voluntary organisations to maximise support
  • Emotional Support
  • Regular breaks and respite for Young Carers to promote health and well being
  • An opportunity to meet other Young Carers in similar situations
  • Encourage community inclusion for Young Carers and their families to promote and build family resilience
  • Promote health, social integration, education and employment
  • Promote resilience and self-reliance, including developing peer support groups and promoting independence from the service.
  • Young Carer and Community Consultations
  • Attendance and Contribution to Early Help, Child in Need and Child Protection Meetings
  • Information, Advice, Guidance and Signposting
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • Links with BAME communities

Young Carer Referral

If you would like to make a Young Carer referral please complete our partner organisations (Humankind Charity) referral document. 

Click here to make a referral

Awareness Raising Training/Partnership

If you would like to work in partnership with South Tyneside Young Carers or would like us to deliver some Young Carers Training to your organisation please contact the Young Carers Program Lead Levi Cosker:

Telephone: 0191 4272795
Mobile: 07387109388

For more information click here to view our presentation