Showcasing artwork by young carers

Young carers have worked together to produce a colourful and creative piece of artwork.

Thursday, 22nd September 2016, 7:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 1:10 pm
Mayor Norma Redfearn with Steve Wilkinson (middle left), of the North Tyneside Carers Centre and two of the young carers involved in the project.

As part of the YES Project (Young Carers Exceptional Stories), a piece of artwork has been produced by young carer groups from various schools and clubs around North Tyneside.

Starting as a lone fish in the sea, the image developed as it visited each group, ending up as a vibrant portrayal of their area – on display at North Tyneside Council’s Quadrant HQ until next Monday.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “It’s so important these amazing young people get the recognition they deserve for the work they do. The effort that has gone in to the artwork is absolutely fantastic.”

“I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I have.”

A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who helps look after a family member or friend who is ill, has poor mental health, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

North Tyneside Carers’ Centre, first launched in 1994, provide direct emotional and practical support to carers of all ages; and offer training to organisations in health, social care, education and the voluntary sectors to assist staff in identifying and supporting carers.

For more information about North Tyneside Carers’ Centres Young Carers Project, contact the centre on (0191) 643 2298 or visit