Caring for someone

Are you a carer?

A carer is anyone who provides unpaid care and support for a friend or family member who could not cope without it. This may be due to a long-term illness, disability, mental health issues, or an addiction.

Caring can be positive and rewarding, however it can also be challenging – emotionally, physically and financially.

The council is committed to supporting carers in North Tyneside, working in partnership with the following organisations:

North Tyneside Carers’ Centre

Alongside other partners, we support North Tyneside Carers’ Centre to provide a range of free support to carers, including:

  • Information and advice
  • Social activities
  • Training
  • Employment advice and support
  • Group and 1:1 support

You can find out more about these services on the North Tyneside Carers‘ Centre website, and self-refer here.

PROPS

 PROPS s a local organisation providing a range of group and 1:1 support to both adults and young people affected by a family member’s substance use. You can get in touch here.

North Tyneside Parent Carer Forum

North Tyneside Parent Carer Forum provide advice and support to parents of disabled children and young people aged up to 25.

Carers Assessments

Carers can ask Adult Social Care for an assessment of their own needs for support. We provide a self-assesment and referral tool for carers on My Care North Tyneside.

Completed self-referrals are followed up by a worker from North Tyneside Carers’ Centre or Adult Social Care, depending on your needs and circumstances.

If you struggle to use the online form, you can contact:

  • The person you care for’s social care worker, if they have one, or
  • North Tyneside Carers’ Centre on 0191 249 6480

More information about carer support is available on My Care North Tyneside.

Living Well North Tyneside

Carers can find out about health and wellbeing information, events, groups and services throughout North Tyneside using Living Well North Tyneside

Our commitment to working with carers

The North Tyneside Carers’ Charter was developed by carers and sets out the key principles when working with carers, these include:

  • Recognising carers
  • Valuing carers
  • Providing information and advice to carers
  • Involving carers

Service providers are expected to agree to the principles of the Carers’ Charter, promote the inclusion of carers in planning and decision making and support individual carers to participate in the process as required. You can read the charter here

Ways to Wellbeing for Carers

North Tyneside Adult Social Care recognises that carers’ wellbeing is as important to as that of the people they care for. We adopt the same model to provide personalised, holistic support, based on straightforward but meaningful conversations about:

1) What’s important to you – exploring your strengths and the challenges you face
2) Action when most needed – support to get back on track
3) Your life, your way – planning support for a better quality of life
4) Staying well – reviewing your support.

Related documents

North Tyneside's commitment to carers

We are busy working together with partners across the public, voluntary and community sector to develop a new carers’ strategy, outlining priorities and plans for supporting carers in the coming years. The new strategy is due to be published early 2024.