Newcastle City Council is running a bursary scheme to provide financial support to Young Carers in the city who are planning to stay on at school or college.
A significant proportion of carers in the UK are young carers – many aged 16-to-24. About 175,000 children and young people are caring for family members or friends who have a long-term health condition, disability or mental health issue. According to Newcastle Carers one in 12 of young adults in the city are young carers.
For several years the Newcastle Bursary Scheme has provided financial support for sixth form students from low-income households, are in care or have recently left care or who receive benefits in their own right.
The scheme has now been extended to meet the needs of young people who provide care that are going to post -16 education. Young carers can apply for up to £300 to help with their studies. Pupils can use the cash for books, equipment, clothes and other costs related to remaining in education. Newcastle College also runs a similar scheme for learners under 25 who are young carers.
For more info visit Newcastle Carers or ring 275 5060.