“A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.” (This is a quote from the Carers Trust website)

There are around six million carers in the UK, which means approximately one in six households has a carer. Many people don’t identify themselves as carers, but if you look after someone who’s ill, frail, disabled or unable to cope, you are one!

Carers can be responsible for a whole range of tasks, from shopping, cooking and collecting prescriptions to physical work such as bathing, dressing and lifting.

The Carers’ Drug and Alcohol Network in partnership with students from Northumbria University’s School of Design have created the animated Think Carer! DVD.

It shares what it’s like to be a carer of someone with substance misuse issues and uses real stories to tell us what can help carers improve their lives. it is being used to raise awareness and encourage GP’s, Pharmacists and other health and social care professionals to use the SPOC service so Carers get support earlier.

Contact 0191 427 4711 for more information.

Do you need help with caring, benefits, need someone to talk to, are you struggling at work, want to volunteer, fundraise etc……


The Royal College of GPs now has two online courses available to help GPs and their practice teams to better identify and support carers in the practice:

Supporting Carers in General Practice Carers provide unpaid support for disabled, sick and vulnerable people who would not be able to manage without their help. This course provides information and guidance for GPs and other community healthcare professionals to enable them to build carer involvement and support into their everyday practice. Course duration: 3 hours.

Taking Action to Support Carers in Practice Teams – This course is based on the RCGP Supporting Carers in General Practice DVD that was developed in 2012 with funding from the Department of Health. This course will give you the rationale behind increasing awareness and support for carers, whilst also highlighting and signposting areas that can commonly be improved or changed to the benefit of both carer and practice. Course duration: 2 hours.
Both courses are available through the Royal College of GPs online learning environment at:

Carers Trust Professionals has a user-friendly and mobile responsive design that aims to offer an easy way for professionals to search for, access and share information, guidance and resources which will help them in identifying and supporting carers through their work.

The site was created following interviews with professionals across health, social care and education to identify what sort of information they needed and how they wanted to access this. Visit the Professionals site at:

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Carers in South Tyneside

Do you look after someone? The follow contacts offer help and support for carers: South Tyneside Adult and Social Care: 0191 424 6000 South Tyneside Childrens Social Care: 0191 424 5010 South Tyneside Carers Association: 0191 454 3346 South Tyneside – The Short Break Service (Children with disabilities): 0191 424 4390

Many children and young people are carers. The person they care for is often a parent but can be their bother or sister, grandparent or other relative who needs care because of disability, chronic illness, mental health illness or problems with drugs or alcohol misuse. offers information, support and real life stories of young carers. The carers featured in the video below, from Sunderland, Gateshead and South Tyneside, talk about their real-life experiences of caring.

This 5 x 2 hours per week course has been developed with Carers, and the first sessions have been very successful, and a second course is due to start at the end of September which is already fully subscribed. The course will be delivered in a relaxed and informal setting, allowing plenty of peer support for the very often difficult issue of family relationships. Group members will have the opportunity to suggest aspects of this topic that they would like to include but broadly the programme outline is as follows: The complexity of family relationships and where am I now The changes in relationships due to becoming a carer Preparing for different stages in relationships, including loss and bereavement How communication can become crossed and cause conflict in families How roles and responsibilities change within families The course is arranged by Adult Community Learning, run by Wilson-Elliott at Chichester House, South Shields, and is free to most carers. If you are interested in attending this course please contact: Michelle Sandberg – South Tyneside Council Carers Service, 0191 4244137, or Dan Robinson at Carers Association South Tyneside –, 0191 4543346

Supprt carers who look after people with mental health problems in South Tyneside. Offering practical support through: Group activities 1-1 support Telephone support Contact: or call: 0191 4936917 Click here for more information

Carers in Sunderland

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Sunderland Carers Centre will offer confidential advice, information and support service.

Sunderland Carers’ Centre has launched a new Substance Misuse and Addiction Anti-Stigma Campaign for Carers.

Fear, shame and guilt are just some of the feelings that people supporting a family member or friend with a substance misuse or addiction problem may experience.

Sometimes the stigma attached to caring for someone in this situation can prevent people from either identifying themselves as carers or from seeking much needed help and support.

As well as a range of campaign resources for organisations to use a short film has been produced in which carers share their life experiences and their thoughts of how accessing support, information and guidance has helped them to break down the barriers and stigma associated with their caring role.

Please watch the film below:

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Click here to view leaflet side 2

Are you in this caring situation?
Please contact Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768 for support.

Are you a professional working with carers?
Please contact Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768 for more information about the campaign and / or copies of the campaign resources (posters, leaflets and business cards).

Many children and young people are carers.  The person they care for is often a parent but can be their bother or sister, grandparent or other relative who needs care because of disability, chronic illness, mental health illness or problems with drugs or alcohol misuse. offers information, support and real life stories of young carers.  There is also local support for Young Carers – Click here!

Carers and staff at Sunderland Carers’ Centre have produced a Carer Awareness Training tool in a DVD and You Tube format. It is hoped Health and Social Care professionals will find this training accessible and useful, although anyone wanting to know more about carers will be interested in the information presented.

The DVD covers many themes around unpaid carers looking after family members, partners, friends or neighbours who have a long term illness, disability or are elderly and frail. The carers featured, from Sunderland, Gateshead and South Tyneside, talk about their real-life experiences of caring in a talking head format. Denise Robertson, MBE, also gives an introduction to the DVD. Click here!

Visit the Sunderland City Council ‘Caring for Someone’ pages for a range of information for carers.

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