Student Carers

Newcastle Carers is a local independent charity working citywide to provide dedicated information and support to adult unpaid carers who are caring for someone living in Newcastle. Newcastle Young Carers (NYC) exists to provide support to young people under the age of 25 who look after someone else with one of the following conditions: mental ill health, difficulties with alcohol or other substances, a long term illness, a life-limiting illness, a disability or a learning disability.

If you or someone you know are currently caring for someone else, you may find that it can be difficult to be a carer while studying at university. It may be that you are missing lectures, feeling stressed and alone and are struggling to make time to have fun and socialise with friends. Newcastle Carers can offer a great deal of support to you which includes:

• Out of hour’s telephone helpline
• One to one support
• Advocacy
• Carers Opportunities Fund
• Online support
• Peer support groups
• Training
• Respite
• Complementary therapies
• Family activates
• Counselling
• Signposting and referral to other services
• And much more……

Latest news

Please see the link to the autumn issue of CARE TO KNOW, our quarterly newsletter of information and support for unpaid carers:



For more information on how to access these services, please see the contact details below for the various support services, both internal and external to the University.

Contact details

Newcastle Carers
Tel: 0191 275 5060
SMS: 07874 100043

Newcastle University Student Union
Student with Caring Responsibilities Officer
Tel: 0191 239 3900

Student Wellbeing Service
Tel: 0191 208 3333

Newcastle Young Carers
Tel: 0191 284 1905

Which? Elderly Care

British Red Cross (Carers Emergency Contact Scheme)
Tel: 0191 273 7961

Carers Fund

Newcastle Carers are delighted to announce the launch of the Carers Wellbeing Fund.

Do you support carers?

They may be able to apply to the Carers Wellbeing Fund for a small grant. The fund replaces the Carers Opportunities Fund and is intended to support carers in need to improve their health and wellbeing. The money is provided by Newcastle City Council and the Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group and is administered by Newcastle Carers. The criteria have changed so please check the application pack to ensure the carer is eligible and that the fund can cover what they would like to apply for.

Who can apply?

Carers may be eligible for the fund if:

• They are an unpaid carer
• They are over 18
• The person they care for lives in Newcastle upon Tyne
• It is over 12 months since payment of any Carers Opportunities Fund grant, and the carer returned all receipts.

What can they apply for?

They can apply for a grant of up to £200 for something that will improve their health and wellbeing. For example:

• Day trips or a short break in this country
• An exercise class, educational course, or equipment for these
• Household items, e.g. washing machine or cooker
• Driving lessons

How do they apply?

You or the carer can download an application pack from the Newcastle Carers website, or request a hard copy from Newcastle Carers.

Carers need a Supporting Statement from a professional who has regular involvement with the carer or the person they care for, and who can verify that the information provided on the application form is correct.

The fund is discretionary. This means that there is limited money available so not all applications will be successful. The application pack should be read carefully and all questions answered in as much detail as possible to give the application the best chance of success.

Carers can only apply once every twelve months, even if their application is unsuccessful, so carers need to think carefully about what would help them most.