Site looking to support young carers

ANYONE under 18-years-old who looks after someone who is disabled, ill or has mental health problems is being encouraged to get involved with a new website.

Carers Northumberland is designing a website for young carers and is looking for ideas about what makes a good website and what the users would need and want from it.

Information officer Anne-Marie Johnstone said: “We’re very excited by this project, we want the website to appeal to young people and give them somewhere that belongs to them, as well as offer them a range of information to help them in their daily lives.

“We want to include photos, videos, music, art and poetry, all from young carers and for them to be able to contribute to the website regularly.”

They can also benefit from the Young Carers’ Support Fund operated by Carers Northumberland.

The fund enables them to take a break from their caring responsibilities by offering small grants to help meet transport costs, membership fees, pay for equipment or meet other costs associated with an activity away from caring.

To send ideas in, or get involved in working with Anne-Marie and the web designer, e-mail or call (01670) 518204.