Are you a carer?
Kenton School recognises that many of our pupils may have a caring role for a family member who is ill, disabled or struggling with addictions. We also know that the parents of our pupils may struggle with caring responsibilities which can impact on family life. If you are a carer please contact your relevant Year Leader – we will talk to you about your situation and help you to access appropriate support.
Who is a Carer? Do you look after someone that has an illness, disability, mental health illness or addiction that couldn’t manage without your support? If the answer is YES you are a carer! Visit https://carers.org/about-caring/about-caring to read more about the definition of a carer.
If you/your child has caring responsibilities please let us know! Even if you feel that you don’t currently need support. By letting us know about a caring role we can:
Put you in touch with local charities including www.newcastlecarers.org.uk Newcastle Carers provide information, advice, grants, group activities and much more for carers of all ages including young carers.
Talk about any support needs you might have as a family e.g. if your child may be late due to caring responsibilities
Ensure that you are aware of your rights and the support available to you as a carer.
If you are a Kenton 6th Form student we can also help you to access the young carer bursary https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/care-and-support/children/getting-help-children-and-families/young-carers-bursary-scheme
Carers of all ages can also contact Newcastle Carers direct on 0191 2755060. Some students from Kenton 6th Form have been working with Newcastle Carers to raise awareness of young people with caring responsibilities. There are some great animations that you can watch on their website to find out more https://www.newcastlecarers.org.uk/young-adult-carers-wecaretoo/