Young Carers' Community of Interest E-Update 

November 2015

YouNE Cares


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Who Cares for the Carers? 
Tackling the challenges facing carers in Northern England in an environment of deepening austerity.

You may be interested in the next Institute for Local Governance Seminar on Friday 27th November at Middlesbrough Football Ground from 9.30am - 1.00 pm.

The seminar is FREE and includes speakers from the voluntary sector, universities, local government and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
To book a place, please contact 

Full details about the seminar can be found here.

Sent on behalf of St. Chad's College, Durham University.

Carers Rights Day 2015: Have You Signed Up Yet?                     

This year's Carers Rights Day is taking place on Friday 20th November 2015. 

Sign up to take part now and order 20 free copies of our new Carers Rights Guide 2016 – our essential guide to financial and practical support for carers.                    

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Having the right information at the right time can make a huge difference when you are looking after someone.

The theme for Carers Rights Day 2015 is Looking After Someone? Know Your Rights and will focus on:
  • Making carers aware of their rights.
  • Letting carers know where to get help and support.
  • Raising awareness of the needs of carers.
Last year over 1,000 carers’ support groups, carers’ organisations, local authorities, GP surgeries, hospitals, businesses and others got involved, holding activities and events that reached thousands of carers with vital information and advice. Activity could be as simple as putting up posters and leaving the guides for people to take.
Register for Carers Trust Webinars

Free, interactive 30 minute webinars unpicking different criteria in the Young Carers in Schools Award and making raising outcomes and getting recognition as easy as possible for your school. 
Make sure you don't miss out, register to take part now!
Young Adult Carers Have the Skills but Struggle With the Pressure of Fitting Education, Training and Employment Around Caring Responsibilities

Many young adults who provide care for loved ones struggle to balance work, training or education with family responsibility, a new study led by young adult carers in Gateshead has revealed. A group accessing support from Carers Trust Tyne and Wear carried out research into the barriers that young adult carers face, along with the skills that they possess that are transferable into the workplace. Trained and supported by Youth Focus: North East, the group interviewed and surveyed young adult carers, employers and staff from Carers Trust Tyne and Wear’s Young Carer Service.

Michael Holland, Young Adult Carer Researcher and volunteer with Carers Trust Tyne and Wear
said about the experience, “we found that young adult carers have the skills to be successful in
any job other than caring, even more advanced skills and qualities in some cases. However, there seems to be barriers when it comes to confidence, identifying their own skills and selling
themselves. There is so much talent in young adult carers, and its just being wasted because
people don't know how to deal with the term 'young adult carer' in interviews or on CVs. As a
result, young adult carers leave it off their CVs. It’s important to get young adult carers to identify their transferable skills and to correctly sell themselves so that people don't apply the usual stereotype that carers should just work in the care sector”. 

For more information download the full press release
How Can You Encourage Children and Young People to Seek Help and Support? 
The NFP Synergy report makes a number of recommendations for organisations working with children and young people:
  • never forget what it’s like to need help - make it easier for young people to take up the offer of help
  • help to tackle the myths about those who seek help - seeking help is not a sign of weakness; encourage parents to promote help-seeking
  • help to tackle the myths about young people - be positive about young people
  • listen to the people you help - improve services with feedback from service users
  • shout about your work - lack of awareness is a significant barrier to young people seeking help
  • see the whole person - engage with young people both in terms of their strengths and their weaknesses
  • provide a forum for young people to talk about their lives
  • build trust - treat young people with respect
  • empower young people to find their own solutions
  • advertise the benefits of seeking help - provide evidence in the form of data
  • help young people to help each other - equip young people with the skills and tools to support their friends/peers and family members
  • think about communication - don’t be too bland, don’t try too hard to be cool and “down with the kids” - consider the role of new technologies - these should be complementary to other ways of supporting young people.

Garvey, B. et al.(2009) Help-seeking behaviour in young adults. London: NFP Synergy.
NFP Synergy is a research consultancy that aims to provide the ideas, insights and information to help not for profit organisations to thrive.

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