South Tyneside Young Carers Service works with children and young people aged 5 to 24 years, who are in a caring role for someone due to illness, disability, mental health issues or substance/alcohol misuse issues.  We are a specialist short term service and work with families for an agreed period to promote resilience and independence.

Support could include one-to-one sessions, respite activities, information, advice and guidance, advocacy and signposting to alternative services available. 

As a Young Carer you may be looking after your mum or dad, brother or sister, a grandparent or another relative or friend. You may have to care for them because they’re disabled, have chronic illness, mental health problems, drug or alcohol problem or other conditions.

Your caring responsibilities may make school attendance, your social life and making and keeping friends more difficult.

South Tyneside Young Carers can help with:

  • support to identify future goals and aspirations
  • advocacy (speaking on your behalf)
  • information, advice and guidance
  • activities to give you a break from your caring role
  • meeting people in a similar situation as you
  • support to access other services

They can help you access the support your family needs and give you an opportunity to meet people in a similar place as you. We want to know what your goals and aspirations are so we can help you reach them.

The service is free and confidential. Just call their friendly staff or get someone you know to contact them.

You can also fill in our referral form and return it to [email protected].