Feeling Isolated and Undervalued

I began caring for my Grandmother in 2016 after she was diagnosed with a minor stroke, which limited her independence. Read more

Living with a Chronic Medical Condition

Living with a chronic illness can be a challenge to say the least and it is normal to feel grief and sadness especially if like me your condition did not raise its ugly head until later in life.  Coming to terms with what the future holds and how you and your family are going to cope can be a huge challenge and can definitely affect relationships. Read more

My Amazon Echo Dot is perfect for carers!

I was able to get an Amazon Echo Dot thanks to Gateshead Carers and the Wellbeing Fund. It has been my escape for relaxation! Read more

I have seen both sides of the coin!

I am passionate about the invaluable role that carers play in the support of their loved ones. I am first and foremost a mother and by the nature of that, a primary carer for my son. I took on this role following his diagnosis of Schizophrenia approximately 20 years ago. Read more

My Carer's Story (so far) by Denis O’Connor

My wife Annie was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in October 2019 at the age of 66. This followed a period of about 18 months when her mental health and behaviour in public was becoming increasingly difficult for me to manage... Read more

Our garden water feature has helped me relax and maintain my mental health

We contacted Gateshead Carers Association in May of this year for help and support for my husband who cares for me. With help from the carer wellbeing fund I was able to relax more... Read more

Am I invisible?

‘I often feel invisible as a carer and that no one else understands.  When I found Gateshead Carers I was listened to and being able to meet with my Support Worker and sometimes go on carer trips gave me something to really look forward to,” Fran explained. Read more

Homeworking and Homeschooling

Read how Covid-19 has affected one of our carers as they cope with being a working parent carer. Read more

I feel Covid robbed me of my last weeks with my mam

Caring for my elderly parents through Covid Read more

My Crafting Shed has brought me some respite

Debbie received a Wellbeing Fund grant to buy herself a special shed! Read more

I did not realise I had carers burnout!

I did not even realise I was a carer, I just classed myself as wife and mother. My GP suggested I contact Gateshead Carers and they have made a huge difference. Read more