Working for Carers

Do you look after someone in North Tyneside, Newcastle r Northumberland? Are you struggling to balance your caring responsibilities with work or education? 

You are not alone.  

North Tyneside Carers’ Centre, Newcastle Carers, and Carers Northumberland are working together to deliver the Working for Carers project.  

The Working for Carers project is funded by the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund through the North of Tyne Combined Authority and is now administered by the North East Combined Authority.  

We understand that trying to find a balance between looking after someone and work, training, school, or university can be a real challenge. 

You might be feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted due to your caring responsibilities, and you may feel like your employer, manager or teacher doesn’t understand.  

Some days you might fail to meet a deadline, arrive late to meetings, skip lessons, or simply can’t go into work or school because of your caring responsibilities.  

We provide friendly and specialised one-to-one support to unpaid carers aged 16 and above.  

If you are currently in work, or looking for employment, education, volunteering or training opportunities, our advisors are here to listen and help you.  

  • Every day, 600 people leave work to care for someone (Carers UK) 
  • Juggling work and caring responsibilities is a massive worry for carers, with 75% of carers struggling (Carers UK) 
  • Almost half of carers said caring had a negative impact on their job and working ability (Carers Week 

We’re here to help

Thank you for the support you have provided, it has been incredibly helpful. I feel a lot more confident about trying to get a job in the future.Young adult carer

The Working for Carers project is designed to provide specialist support to enable you to balance your caring responsibilities with your job, training or school.  

We are also here to help you find a job, advance in your current role, access education, volunteering, and training opportunities. 

The project and our services work across the North of Tyne area (Newcastle, North Tyneside, and Northumberland) to provide you with fully accessible and flexible support. 

Our advisors can provide informative and tailored support to help you:  

  • Maintain your current role and overcome any workplace barriers. 
  • Search for your first, or a new, job role.  
  • Access training opportunities, educational courses, or volunteering roles.  
  • Find work experience opportunities, apprenticeships, and paid roles.  
  • Improve your employability skills – such as digital literacy.  
  • Develop your interview skills and practice mock interviews. 
  • Identify your transferrable skills set to pursue employment goals and opportunities.  
  • Prepare and craft CVs and cover letters.  
  • Write university applications and personal statements.  
  • Build your confidence levels.  
  • Access benefits and legal advice. 
  • Understand your rights as a carer in the workplace.  

We also work with employers  

Employers across the North of Tyne area can also access support to create carer-friendly workplaces. We can work alongside you to identify opportunities to improve employment, training, and volunteering roles for unpaid carers.  

We can offer one-to-one support directly into your workplace – helping you to understand carers’ needs, recognise the range of skills they develop through looking after someone, and support carers returning to work.  

Through the Working for Carers project, we can also advise you in regard to the Carer’s Leave Act 2023, Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023, and what this means for carers and employers. 

If you want to arrange for one of our advisors to come to your place of work, get in touch with us.

Contact us today 

Whether you’re currently in work, or looking for employment, education, volunteering, and training opportunities, we’re here to support you every step of the way.  

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