Free Confidence Booster for Carers!

A GATESHEAD charity is running a free course to help carers cope with their roles and responsibilities.

Gateshead Carers Association runs the eight-week course from Thursday 5 May.

The informal course aims to help carers make a difference to their lives – and the lives of the people, for whom they care.

Sessions will help carers to:

  • Build on their strengths as carers
  • Give carers the chance to share their experiences
  • Help carers to decide what they would like to change about their caring roles
  • Gain useful information, hints and tips on caring for some-one.

The course starts with introductory Finding Your Way sessions on Thursday 5 May and Friday 13 May.

The first full session takes place on Friday 20 May from 11am to 2pm with sessions running until Friday 8 July.

All sessions take place at Gateshead Carers Association, 11 Regent Terrace, Gateshead. NE8 1LU.

Janice Hall, Caring with Confidence Facilitator, said: “Caring with Confidence is part of the Government’s New Deal for Carers initiative, which aims to improve support for carers.

“Since May 2009, more than 450 sessions have been booked on the sessions.”

A carer is a friend, relative or neighbour, who provides regular, unpaid care and support for some-one suffering illness, disability, frailty, infirmity, alcohol or substance misuse.

It is estimated that one in eight people in Britain are carers. That means up to 24,000 people in Gateshead could be carers.

To book a place on the course, call Janice Hall on (0191) 490 0121 or email

For more information call Judith Dunn, Campaigns and Development Worker, on (0191) 490 0121 or email


Gateshead Carers Association exists to relieve the stresses experienced by carers in Gateshead by providing information, advice and support services to carers, to help them and their dependents.

Established in 1996, Gateshead Carers Association is a registered charity.

Its aim is to support, inform and represent carers. GCA has a particular role in ensuring that the voice of 

carers is heard and that carers are able to influence the development of policy and services.

GCA’s current activities include running a number of interest groups including art, craft, photography and weight control, providing information and advice services and the Carers Action Forum.