Young Carers Community of Interest
November 2014


First Steps Report

We invite you to hear the voice of young carers in Northumberland.  We invite you to walk a mile in their shoes and listen to what they have to say about their experiences, priorities and feelings about what it is like to be a young carer.

First Steps young carers report outlines the views and comments of the young people who took part in the Young Carers Focus Groups.  It highlights themes such as:

  • emotional wellbeing
  • communication
  • respite from caring role
  • access to support

You can read the full report here.  We would be delighted to hear your thoughts and response to the report, please e mail Jennifer at

Carers Rights Day

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

Each year Carers UK hold Carers Rights Day to bring organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to.

This year's theme is Looking after someone? Know your rights and will focus on:

  • Making carers aware of their rights.
    Every year, more than 2 million people become carers. Many struggle to navigate the maze of services and entitlements, and miss out on financial and practical support. And it’s not just people who are new to caring – even those who have been caring for years sometimes aren’t aware of their entitlements.

  • Letting carers know where to get help and support.
    Caring can present all kinds of challenges. We want every carer to know where to turn for advice, information and support, whether in their local community or online.

  • Raising awareness of the needs of carers. 
    Carers Rights Day raises awareness of the needs of carers with the public, decision makers and professionals, helping us realise our vision of a society that respects, values and supports carers.
Continue reading here. 

Anti-Bullying Resource

A group of charities led by Kidscape has produced a free anti-bullying resource which aims to give young people an insight into the potential challenges being faced by their peers. These challenges include: life with autism; life as a young carer; life dealing with homophobic taunts; and life for gifted and talented children who are ostracized as a result. 

Source: Kidscape 22 October 2014


Directory for Young Carers

The new directory for services to support young carers in Northumberland will be on line in the next few weeks.  Support and services available to young people who are young carers are separated into three areas of Northumberland North, West and South East.  The directory includes a short description of groups and services and how to get in touch to find out more.

If you haven’t contributed our information to the new directory and would like to, please contact


Children and Young People's Advocacy Service

Action for Children run a service who will help young carers in need of support, by speaking up for them and promoting their rights. 

They can help young carers by:

  • Providing them with an advocate – someone who will provide information and help you understand choices that are available to you.  They will make sure that people who make decisions about young carers lives listen to their views.
  • Encourage young carers to say something if something or someone is making them unhappy or if they want to complain about a service, and say what you do and don’t want to happen.
  • Help young carers express what they are thinking or feeling if they find this difficult to do on their own.

Continue reading here.

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