The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) is working in partnership with local carers organisations to deliver the Return to Work Carers Project, a pilot project, which supports carers to return to employment, education or training.

Carers NorthumberlandNewcastle Carers and  North Tyneside Carers’ Centre  are working together to deliver the project.   Between them the three organisations actively support around 9,000 working age carers across the North of Tyne, around 3,000 of whom are not in any form of paid work. 

Councillor Karen Kilgour, Cabinet Member for Education, Inclusion and Skills said: “The Return to Work Carers project lies at the heart of the North of Tyne’s pledge to create a more inclusive economy.  This is an exciting opportunity for young adult carers and adult carers to find work, training or education and access a range of routeways to local jobs.” 

The Return to Work Carers Project is open to unpaid carers in North of Tyne, who are aged 16 or over.  The project offers carer-specific advice, alongside employability support, and provides carers with the opportunity to access the range of services on offer from the carers centre.   

A Carers into Work Advisor at each organisation, provides specialist support to carers to remove any barriers they may experience returning to employment, education or training.   This includes an online training package which has been developed and tailored specifically to help carers to return to work.  

The advisor will work with carers to achieve their potential through   

  • One to one coaching 
  • Identifying and addressing any barriers  
  • Supporting with employability skills 
  • Understanding your employment rights 

For information on how to access the programme please contact the Carers into Work Advisors.

Carers Northumberland  

Newcastle Carers

North Tyneside Carers Centre   

Read more the Return to Work Carers Project.