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September 2020 
Every three years we send out a comprehensive questionnaire to unpaid carers who live or work in Gateshead in the form of our Carers Survey.  We aim to encourage as many unpaid carers as possible to complete it, either online or by post and need your help to reach these carers by sharing this information far and wide. The Information gathered through this survey will shape and influence how we can support unpaid carers in the future and provide us with the information we need to make sure the voice of unpaid carers is heard.  The survey closes on 31 October 2020 and should take approximately 35-40 minutes to complete.  Click on the image above to complete the survey. 

PRIZE DRAW - WIN £25!  By providing your name, address and phone number at the end of our survey, you will be entered into a free prize draw to be one of 4 lucky winners each winning £25. The closing date of this survey is on Saturday 31st October 2020 at 5 p.m. and the prize draw will take place on Monday 2nd November at 12 noon. Please see the end of the survey for more details. You may enter only once. 
"Life can be hard with special needs children but having support and knowing I’m not alone helps me feel supported and gives me strength."
Hello everyone, 

Our Summer of Wellbeing programme continues throughout September on ZOOM with our weekly CALM Wellbeing Sessions led by one of our wonderful Carer Wellbeing Facilitators. Our programme also includes lots of other activities including our Men's Group, Superbia (LGBTQ+ group), Genealogy Group, Creative Minds with Hands and even some virtual walks!!   For ZOOM newbies, take a look at our How To Zoom guide.  Why not c
heck out the new FREE e-learning course from Carers UK designed to help carers with physical and emotional wellbeing. 

If you are an unpaid carer living or working in Gateshead, please help us to gather vital information on what being an unpaid carer is really like by completing our Carers Survey 2020. Please also share this with carers that you know or work with. The closing date is 31st October 2020.

If like me, you are a huge fan of Susie's World, you'll be wanting to check out her blog to read about her latest stepping out adventures using a pedometer!  Read about other carer's experiences in our Carers Stories which is full of inspiring thoughts and activities. 

Moving into the Autumn we have also included some delicious and healthy warming and comfort food recipes for you to try in our Recipe Box We are also very excited to invite you to join us online for some fun theatrical sessions called 'Who Cares?' led by Liv Hunt, 
a theatre-maker and facilitator specialising in creating theatre with communities and who has past experience of being an unpaid carer herself. 

Dare I mention Christmas! Our wonderful 2021 Wall Calendars are now on sale and make fabulous gifts!!

We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to seeing you on a ZOOM screen soon!! 

Keep looking after each other. Wishing you much serenity and happiness.

Nikki McCann

Team Leader: Stakeholder Engagement
In this issue: 

Annual General Meeting

Thursday, 26th November 2020 
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic our AGM in 2020 will be an online event which will be live streamed from our offices at John Haswell House with a small number of speakers only.  

This date has been chosen because it is Carers Rights Day and it will be on that day that we will also release our report giving the results of our 3 yearly survey of carers in Gateshead. Following on from the results of our previous surveys in 2011, 2014 and 2017 we are able to provide the most comprehensive information on carers in Gateshead as well as to analyse data to identify trends which are emerging over time.  The AGM will also focus on our impact over the past year and our plans going forward. 

Please contact us if you would like to attend this online event

Our Summer of Wellbeing continues...
Your wellbeing is at the heart of the sessions we run for carers. We aim firstly to encourage you to think about your own health and secondly, to enable you to build up resilience, so that you can carry on in your caring role with greater confidence if you wish to do so. 

Come and take part in our Summer of Wellbeing - a programme of free online wellbeing sessions and activities for all carers to come along and enjoy! The programme runs throughout September and beyond into our Autumn of Wellbeing and is there to support everyone's wellbeing.

Take a look at all of our online sessions.  To find out more or to discuss any of our wellbeing sessions please contact Janice Hall 0191 4900121 or 

URetreat Reopens

Uretreat provides day and overnight retreats for people who want to relax and have time for themselves; specialising in retreats for carers and people who have been bereaved. It is set in beautiful and tranquil grounds situated in the Tyne Valley. To book a day at URetreat simply visit their website and choose an upcoming date and activities that appeal to you.

Stuart Cox recently attended a Carers Retreat and shares his experience with us: 

A pleasant drive for 30 minutes brought me to Shepherds Dene country house, the location for a day retreat for unpaid carers. Some of us might think of a retreat as a spiritual event but this is not religious. It is a day away from your normal routine when you can be distracted and relax in beautiful surroundings. On arrival I received a warm, friendly welcome and was soon enjoying the company of some lovely people. Retreats include a wide selection of more.

Project: Who Cares?

The sessions will take place every Thursday afternoon over zoom from the 8th October - 26th November. What you can be sure to expect from these sessions is lots and lots of games, creative writing, drama and a safe space for conversation. Call us now to book a free place 0191 4900 121 or email 

FREE e-learning course from Carers UK to help carers manage their physical and emotional wellbeing.  Whether someone is looking after a partner, caring for a disabled child, or caring for an older parent at a distance, caring can create pressures which have an impact on carers’ wellbeing.  With funding from the Bupa UK Foundation, Carers UK has developed a free to access e-learning course designed to help carers build strategies to maintain their physical and emotional wellbeing. The course looks at physical and emotional wellbeing together, as each can have a significant impact on the other.  You can access the course here 
Catch up with the latest adventures in our blog Susie's World, featuring the down-to-earth stories of Susie, a carer who loves to share experiences and support others, all while having some fun! 
Creative Minds with Hands
Every Tuesday morning Gateshead Carers are running a creative group which is currently based upon the 10 x 10 Creative Gateshead project. Carers who join the group get sent a creative 'pack' which is full of paper, pens and an activity booklet. Every Tuesday morning we meet and we have one rule only; you can only say positive things about your own work. It works a treat! We normally all arrive with mugs full of more.    
For further information please contact Emma at or call 07546 304759. 
"The creative zoom sessions have allowed me to meet new people and draw in a therapeutic way and environment."
Men’s group 

Our new monthly catch up for male carers through Zoom takes place on the last Friday of the month. Come along for some laughs and chats. If you have a smart phone or a webcam on your computer and an email address you can join in! 

25th September:  11a.m. Everything you need to know about the Carer Wellbeing Fund and how to access up to £200 to support your wellbeing as a carer!  Click here to book your place
30th October:  11a.m. It’s Quiz time!!! Go on! Test your knowledge and pit your brain cells against quiz master Paul Forster!  It promises to be a lot of fun too!
Contact Paul Forster for further information 
Carers Stories

Click here to read experiences shared by other carers. 
Recipe Box: Check out our new blog with shared healthy and sometimes naughty recipes!  Why not get in touch with us to share yours! 
Easy Cheesy Veggie Soup! 
If you've been growing veg during lockdown and now have a glut of courgetters then this is for you!!!
CLICK HERE to find out how to make this delicious recipe! 

Here's a delicious treat to make for those with a sweet tooth!

Chocolate Brownies &
sticky sauce
CLICK HERE to find out how to make this delicious recipe! 

Volunteer Befrienders 

Ready to chat: The recent pandemic has not stopped our wonderful team of volunteer befrienders from being available to help carers have a break by providing company to the cared for person. Although our befrienders are not yet able to meet in person they can give a weekly call to the cared for, for a friendly chat and get to know each other until the Befriender can eventually meet in person. We always aim to match people with similar interests and who they will be most compatible with. Find out more about our Volunteer Befriending programme as well as information on becoming a volunteer yourself by contacting Claire Parker, Volunteer Coordinator at or sign up via our website.

Although it's not currently possible to meet up with people for befriending, even a quick chat over the phone is a lovely way to provide a little friendship and support.” Befriender

“it was good to have somebody else to talk to and will be even better when we can go out and meet.”  Befriendee
Carers Knowledge Panel
Our Carers Knowledge Panel is a chance for carers to have a voice and come together to share their ideas and knowledge as a carer to help us shape our wellbeing offer. The panel meets up a few times a year. So far the panel have discussed ways we can develop and improve our wellbeing sessions, our Carers Survey that we send out to carers every 3 years and giving feedback on the Carers Support Needs Assessment forms. The meetings can also be a chance to have some social time with other carers. We have some spaces still available on our panel if you would like to become a member or for more information please contact Claire Parker, Volunteer Coordinator

“I was glad to join in the meetings because it gave me the chance to meet other people.” 
Order Now
2021 Carers Wall Calendar 
On sale from the 1st of October 2020!  
Only £6.98 each + P&P £1.40 

A special calendar full of wonderful photos and memories from our virtual Carers Week 2020 Party in the Park celebration!  Bring a smile to your friends and family this Christmas with this lovely gift!  Why not treat yourself at the same time and bag a copy to brighten up your kitchen wall! Read more
First come first served basis so when they are gone...they are gone!
Latest health advice & information on service disruptions from Gateshead Council here
Guidance and advice for carers regarding Coronovirus from Carers Trust 

Telephone Support & online Live Chat 
is open Monday to Friday
The best times to call us are 
between 10 am - 12 noon and 1 - 3 pm 
Please call 0191 4900121 or email
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Ask about our Telephone Interpreting Service supporting
all carers regardless of their native tongue.

Do you know someone who is a carer? 

Please can you help us get the word out to reach more 'hidden' carers by forwarding this newsletter to everyone on your contacts list.  Many people do not seeing themselves as having a caring role, or having legal rights or knowing organisations like us exist. Thank you for sharing! 

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

Help us to spread the word!

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