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South Tyneside Young Carers Service

supporting Young Carers & Young Adult Carers and their families to reduce the impact of caring responsibilities

South Tyneside Young Carers Service supports Young Carers & Young Adult Carers (up to the age of 25 yrs) and their families to reduce the impact of caring responsibilities, helping them to realise their full potential.

 Who Are Young Carers?

The term “Young Carer” should be taken to include persons under 18 who provide or intend to provide care for another person of any age except where that care is provided for payment, pursuant to a contract or as voluntary work. (Children and Families Act 2014)

For the the purpose of Humankind’s South Tyneside Young Carers Service this also includes Young Adult Carers aged 16-25.

 What Tasks might a Young Carer Perform?

  • Household Tasks such as cooking, cleaning and laundry
  • Household/Financial Management for example getting shopping and paying bills or managing budgets
  • Personal Care such helping a person dress or undress, supporting a person to bathe or use the toilet, changing, dressing or being responsible for medication
  • Supporting with Mobility such as helping someone to walk, pushing wheelchair, guiding them, helping someone up and downstairs or in and out of vehicles
  • Emotional Care such as ensuring cared for person’s safety, listening to and comforting them, accompanying cared for person in community, being there in an emergency or helping them understand things
  • Looking after siblings
  • Practical Care such as reading for someone, filling out forms, making telephone calls and dealing with professionals

Young Carers may find their caring responsibilities negatively affect their school attendance, social opportunities, their emotional well-being (worry, stress, anger, guilt, frustration, confidence and self-esteem). It can also affect family relationships, finances and access to training or employment for Young Adult Carers. Caring responsibilities may also be inappropriate for age and /or maturity.

If a Young Carer is affected in any of the following ways by their caring responsibilities we may be able to help:

  • School attendance or lateness issues
  • It is difficult for them to socialise
  • They are worried about the person they care for
  • Feelings of anger, frustration, guilt, low self-  confidence or esteem (Emotional Well-Being)
  • Family relationships may be breaking down
  • Cannot access training or employment opportunities
  • Not sure where to access other help
  • Unable to fulfil responsibilities due to age/maturity
  • Young Carer’s responsibilities are preventing them accessing universal services such as education and health

If a Young Carer is being negatively affected by caring responsibilities, we will carry out an assessment and agree a length of time to work with them and their families, by providing focused interventions to promote resilience, coping skills and independence from services. We may provide:

  • An agreed number of 1-1 sessions with a worker
  • An agreed number of opportunities to meet other  Young Adult Carers in groups and activities; including access to TEN Young Carers activities via onward referral
  • Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Family Support
  • Advocacy
  • Signposting

Following the initial period of work with a Young Carer and/or family, a review will be held to establish if support is still appropriate or needed.

The service is funded by South Tyneside Council.