A new, enhanced service to provide support for young carers and their families has launched in South Tyneside.
The service, run by Humankind, is aimed at reaching more people in the area and will complement an existing service provided by South Tyneside TEN which is partnered with Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle.
Councillor Moira Smith, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families at South Tyneside Council, said: "We know that many young people and their families rely on high quality carers' support services.
“Young carers can face additional pressures such as isolation, loneliness and anxiety so we are delighted that this additional provision will help more young people access the support they need to overcome their often difficult circumstances."
Rachel Smith, of Humankind said: “South Tyneside Council has committed to invest in high quality young carers support services and the provision for these young people will be further enhanced by the support already provided by South Tyneside TEN.
“We look forward to delivering this service to ensure that more young people who are caring for a family member or friend get the support they need. We’re committed to helping them get the best chances in life they possibly can.”
Chair of TEN, Peter Brumby, said: “The additional resource and commitment from South Tyneside Council to the Young Carers service is extremely welcome and will enhance the offer available to young carers and their families. The new arrangements provide an exciting programme of activities and support to further engage young carers."
The new Humankind South Tyneside Young Carers Project, launched on the 1st March, will work towards identifying ‘hidden’ young carers and, in partnership with mainstream and specialist services, to reduce the impact of the caring role for young people across South Tyneside.