Gateshead Carers Association was established in 1996 by a group of individuals in response to needs identified by carers with the aim of providing them with information, support and training. We became a registered charity in 2007 and a company limited by guarantee. The charity started life in John Haswell House, after which it moved to various premises located throughout Gateshead, but happily returned to its roots in 2015. We currently have a membership of approximately 3400 carers. There are estimated to be 22,200 carers living in Gateshead (based on 2011 census).
To make a significant positive difference in the lives of adult carers’ by efficiently and effectively providing the highest quality personalised carer support in Gateshead. We aim to reach as many carers as possible and ensure that they are aware of their rights, the support available to them and how to access the services.
We work to ensure that adult carers;
- have improved health and wellbeing
- have an improved quality of life being better able to realise their potential through employment, education and training
- are treated with respect and dignity and their role is recognised and valued
- have improved financial health
- have a life of their own outside of caring
- have a campaigning voice on issues affecting them
You can read all about the overall aims and objectives of the organisation in the Gateshead Carers Association Strategy 2014-17.