Anyone can become a carer at any point in their life. This can happen unexpectedly and at a moment’s notice. Newcastle Carers provide a range of practical services and holistic support to those looking after someone.
We believe every carer should be able to access professional support, information and guidance. With over 6,000 carers registered with us, Newcastle Carers is a vital and trusted source of advice, information and support for carers across the city. Since registering as an independent charity in 2012 we have grown and developed significantly.
We pride ourselves on our holistic and personal approach.
Some of our carers are as young as 5 years old, where we might work to remove their caring responsibilities and enable them to be children again. For others, it might be about providing advice on financial support or providing wellbeing services to help provide some respite for carers.
We have developed partnerships with schools, colleges, universities, Job Centre Plus, GP practices, Social Care, employers and many voluntary sector organisations to increase awareness, promote good practice and encourage referrals. This is at the heart of everything we do.
We work with carers by providing a space to talk and be heard, helping carers to make well-informed choices to move forward.
Whilst we are proud of our achievements, we believe that we are only scratching the surface in terms of engaging with the needs of carers locally.
Our primary goal is to be able to increase the number of carers we can provide support to as this provides such a tangible difference to the lives of both the carer and those they care for.
Specifically, over the course of our next strategy, we would like to grow our reach with young people, refugees, and people from the travelling community, and expand our services into local community hubs.
As a Trustee, you will be joining a successful Charity with a high-performing board that has recently recruited a new CEO and is now looking to grow its capacity and services.
We would benefit from people with expertise in working with young people, fundraising/income generation or commission, experience working with the local authorities / NHS and Social Care, PR and marketing.
We currently have some board members with lived experience of being carers. We actively welcome more people with lived experience, or those who are being cared for, to consider this opportunity. Perspectives on fundraising, income streams, social care and commissioning are particularly important to us.
We encourage people who have never held Trustee roles, or even considered them before, to apply.
With over 6,000 carers registered with us, Newcastle Carers is a vital and trusted source of advice, information and support for carers across the city. Since registering as an independent charity in 2012 we have grown and developed significantly, providing a range of person-centred and holistic support to carers of all ages and improving the quality of their lives.
The pandemic has been challenging for all of us, but none more so than carers. We changed and adapted pro-actively to keep giving high quality support, delivering in new and innovative ways whilst maintaining a strong focus on listening to carers and responding to their changing needs.
The number of unpaid carers is growing every year and health and social care is increasingly stretched, but with a skilled and experienced staff team and a great track record in the voluntary sector in Newcastle we are looking forward to new Trustees joining us and the next important phase in our development.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for carers of all ages in Newcastle, and to tackle the inequalities that they face.
Our vision is for carers in Newcastle to:
Our values in all aspects of our work:
Young carers deserve the same opportunities as all children.
Our aim is to remove their caring role or reduce the negative impacts of it using a whole family approach. Dedicated Young Carers Workers provide statutory Young Carers Assessments and complex casework as part of our commissioned contract.
A grant from Children in Need has enabled us to develop groups for young carers, providing peer support and a step-up, step-down approach to more intense support.
Our established and successful Young Adult Carer Service provides transition assessments, one-to-one information, advice and support and regular group/ peer support sessions planned by the young people themselves.
In addition, young adult carers identify and develop project based initiatives and these have included a publicity campaign across Newcastle, animation films, a training event for professionals and an online transition group programme.
Adult carers need support to feel confident in their day-to-day role, information and advice to “navigate the system” and ensure they get the support that they and the person they care for are entitled to, and lastly, support to help balance
We offer a comprehensive menu of support for carers with different needs, including a Carers Information Line, drop-in advice sessions, one-to-one appointments, counselling, complementary therapy, a variety of group support, information via our website and social media as well as specialist projects, such as our Carers into Work project.
Our telephone Carers Information Line, drop-in advice sessions, one-to-one appointments, counselling, complementary therapy, information via our website and social media, specialist and a variety of group support provide a comprehensive menu of support for carers with different needs.
Every year carers of all ages benefit from our grant scheme. The Carers Wellbeing Fund awards thousands of pounds in small grants to enable carers to improve their own health and wellbeing. Partnership work with schools, colleges, universities, Job Centre Plus, GP practices, Social Care, employers and many voluntary sector organisations to increase awareness, promote good practice and encourage referrals is core to all our work.
Some of our key stats:
Young carers from across the city of Newcastle have been involved in a fantastic project, creating four animated films. This exciting piece of work follows on from the 2019 #WeCareToo project.
#WeCareToo is an innovative campaign created by a group of young adult carers to generate change in Newcastle by helping more 18-25 years olds with a caring role know about the support available to them.
At Newcastle Carers, we recognise, respect, and value difference.
We believe that all people are of equal value, whether or not they are ill or disabled, whatever their ethnicity, culture, national origin or national status, whatever their gender and gender identity, whatever their religious or non-religious affiliation or faith background, and whatever their sexual orientation.
We actively promote positive attitudes and mutual respect between people and communities.
We are members of the Good Business Charter, Mindful Employers Scheme and are a living wage employer.
To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.
Please ensure that your application is emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org inserting “Newcastle Carers – Trustee” into the subject field.
For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners
We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.
All applications will be considered solely on merit.
Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.
Closing date:9 a.m. Monday 22nd August 2022
Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 26th August 2022
Interviews: week commencing 5th September 2022
Peridot and Newcastle Carers are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring survey.
The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018.
The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.