AN EVENT in Gateshead aims to encourage carers to Know Their Rights. 

Legal experts from Northumbria University will speak at Gateshead Carers Association on two key pieces of legislation -  and how they affect carers’ rights.   Paul McKeown will speak on the Equality Act and Kevin Kerrigan will give a talk on the Human Rights Act on Friday December 3.   The Gateshead Carers Association event coincides with the 10th Carers Rights Day, for which this year’s theme is Know Your Rights.   Organisers hope the speakers will spark a debate on these two laws and how they can be used to protect and advance carers’ rights.   There will be time for a question and answer session after the talks followed by a buffet lunch.   The event starts at 10am at Gateshead Carers Association, 11 Regent Terrace, Gateshead. NE8 1LU.   Paul McKeown is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University. He specialises in housing, employment and welfare benefits.  He was highly commended at the Junior Lawyers Division 2008 Pro Bono awards in the Solicitor Team category.   Kevin Kerrigan is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Clinical Programme, National Teaching Fellow, at Northumbria University.   He is a practising solicitor and Human Rights Act consultant with experience of conducting criminal and human rights cases in courts at all levels. He runs a criminal appeal clinic in the Law School’s award winning free legal service the Student Law Office.    Kevin has written numerous articles and textbooks and delivered papers at academic conferences and training courses for professionals including the police, lawyers, social workers, mental health professionals and court clerks.   Gateshead Carers Association is particularly keen to hear from “hidden” carers– people who may not see themselves as carers to a member of the family or friend, who is ill, disabled, elderly or in need of emotional support.

A carer may be a parent, husband or wife, son or daughter, friend or neighbour, who supports someone on a regular basis.

Carers Rights Day is organized nationally by Carers UK. Carers Rights Day exists to: ·         Increase take up of benefits ·         Ensure carers know their rights ·         Guide carers towards practical support ·         Raise awareness of the needs of carers.






NOTES TO EDITORS……For further information, call Judith Dunn, Campaigns and Development Worker, on (0191) 490 0121 or


Gateshead Carers Association is a charity, which exists to relieve the stresses experienced by carers in the Borough of Gateshead.

It provides information, advice and support services to carers, to help them and their dependents.