The North East Raising Aspiration Partnership is committed to it’s work with Young Carers, and even in these different times, we’re excited to launch You-NE Cares 2021!

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. Research has identified that as many as 2 pupils in every class could be a young carer.

New Mentoring Programme for Young Carers

NERAP is partnering with Brightside, an online mentoring provider who connect young people with inspirational role models so they can make confident and informed decisions about the future.

Our programme for Young Carers has been designed specifically to support young carers to raise their aspirations, consider a higher education degree and build confidence, hope and self-esteem.

Specifically, the programme aims:

  • To increase young carers’ aspirations
  • To help young carers understand that their aspirations are achievable with the right support
  • To develop young carers’ coping and resilience skills
  • To understand the support networks available to them

If you are interested in receiving more information about the programme launch, please contact the NERAP Project Team at

Further details about Brightside can be found at

If you’d like more information, please ask us on our live chat in the bottom right of the screen, or email us.

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