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Hello and welcome to our Young Carers' Website

Sunderland Carers' Centre works with over 600 young carers from across the city and this is where you can find out all about what we've been up to and how you can get support if you're a Young Carer too!


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What is a Young Carer?

A young carer is somebody aged 5 to 25 years old who lives in a household with somebody who has a long term illness, mental health illness, disability or addiction that impacts upon that young person.

They may also give medicines and tablets to the person they look after or help them to wash or get dressed.

Some may help their brothers or sisters to get dressed and take them to sA young carer may spend time doing things like cooking, cleaning and shopping.chool.Some young carers may not do any of these things but they may worry about the person with the illness or disability. Because of doing these things young carers can sometimes feel tired and not always able to concentrate on their school work or homework, or they can be worried or feel stressed.

It is important for young carers to be recognised so that they can get the correct support to help them to achieve and have positive childhoods. This website will help you to find out about the support that is available. You will also see some of the fantastic things that young carers have been doing and find out how you can join in .

Latest News

To All Young Carers and their Families

Rainbows and Rollercoasters Project logoJust to let you know, following on from our consultation with you all in February where we asked you lots of questions about what should be available for young carers in Sunderland and then followed by the fantastic news that we won the lottery! (actually the People’s Projects Big Lottery Fund for our Rainbows and Rollercoasters project), we are all currently working very hard planning our next steps at Sunderland Carers’ Centre on how we can ensure as many new and previously known young carers can benefit from the work of Sunderland Carers’ Centre.

It was fantastic to read about the number of people who voted for us and we are now looking forward to see how the project will support young carers across Sunderland.

Watch this space – we will keep you informed of the new and exciting plans in the very near future.

We have won The People's Projects!

Our Young Carers Rainbows and Rollercoasters Project wins The People's Projects.Sunderland Carers' Centre is delighted to announce that thanks to all your votes and support our Young Carers 'Rainbows and Rollercoasters' Project is one of this region's winners in ITV's The People's Projects competition winning an amazing £49,865 of Big Lottery funding.

A massive THANK YOU to you all!  Please share the good news with everyone.

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A Book About Young Carers, By Young Carers, For Young Carers.

bookA group of Young Carers came up with the idea of this book because they were tired of all of the negative images of young carers in the media and they wanted to shout about all of the positive things that they were doing.

Rainbows and Rollercoasters is the name because it isnt always easy, there are tough times, but there are also lots of great outcomes and from reading the book you will get an idea of some of the fantastic achievements that young carers can make.

To view a sample interactive online flip-book version click here or contact Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768 to request a printed copy.


Stevens' Story

"Hi, I’m Steve. I am 17 years old and I am a young carer.

What are young carers? Well we are a group of young people aged between 5 and 25 who care for a family member who is disabled, has a drug or alcohol addiction, is frail or has a long term illness. Young carers can look after a brother, sister, mam or dad with a disability which can range from cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, autisim, adhd, or a long term illness such as cancer or Parkinson’s disease.

Sometimes a young carer may do things usually the adults do like the shopping, helping younger brothers or sisters to get ready, or give parents medication. Most times we may not have to do any of these but we may worry a lot about the person with the illness or disability.

There are lots of us in Sunderland. Our centre works with over 600 young people but we know there are lots more who may need help or support. If you or someone you know may be a young carer why not give Sunderland Carers' Centre a ring and find out how you can benefit from all the things we do! Me and my sister have been coming to young carers for seven years and I am so glad my mam got in touch cos we have done loads of exciting things and have met loads of friends who understand what it's like to have to care for someone."

Sunderland Young Carers, Sunderland Carers' Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF Tel: (0191) 549 3768.