We are delighted to inform carers that we are now able to accept new orders for our Carer Access Card. To request your card please email Susan.harrison@hartlepoolcarers.org.uk and attach a passport style (headshot) photograph. Payment of £2 should be made via bank transfer in advance or in cash on collection (no change will be given so please bring exact payment). Cards remain free for U18s. For those carers who ordered their cards prior to lockdown we will be contacting you once your card is ready to collect. We estimate this will be within 2 weeks time but this is dependent on the printers. A fullRead More →

Our new project, ‘Talking Tuesday’, sees us take the opportunity to find out more about local service providers within the town and how they can support our community. Each week we will be talking to a different group around areas such as recreation and sport, health and wellbeing, financial advice and other subjects that are vital to carers and the community as a whole. If you have a question for one of our upcoming speakers please get in touch and we will make sure it’s asked for you. Or would you like to feature in one of our upcoming slots? Email sarah.rowntree@hartlepoolcarers.org.ukRead More →

Have you ever dreamt of being a published author or poet? Now’s your chance! Last week, speaking with our awesome young carers, they mentioned that they would like to do a creative writing project. We straight away got in contact with one of our carers, Janet, who came up with a brilliant suggestion – why not write a book?! So, what we are asking for is carers of any age to submit a poem, or short story (fact or fiction) about what it’s like to be a carer, putting your own unique spin on it. These will all be edited and put together in an anthology whichRead More →

Hartlepool Parent Led Forum are working with key partners across the town to understand the needs of families in relation to ‘Home Schooling’ We understand the past few month have been challenging and it is important to share your views if you are considering home-schooling or already home schooling. We want to encourage families to get involved to ensure positive changes can be made to support you and your child at the earliest opportunity. If you are considering home schooling or already are, please complete the following surveyhttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ITforHomeschooling Or join us on Friday 25th September, Place in the Park Garden Room, Ward Jackson Park, 12-1pmRead More →

We have a number of tablets available to loan for carers of any age on a four week rolling system. This is ideal for our young and young adult carers returning to school and college to enable them to work from home or any carer who is shielding to remain in contact with friends and family.  If you are interested in the service please call Sarah on 01429 283095 or email sarah.rowntree@hartlepoolcarers.org.ukRead More →

The new normal? This phrase has been the bane of my life recently. I swear I hear it everywhere: in the news and on social media, but what does it really mean to me and my family?  Lockdown brought some challenges for us as a family, aside from there being so many of us, we also live in a shoebox house with an absolutely huge back garden. Occupying the kids hasn’t been massively different to usual. We run our house on a schedule. Everything is planned as far in advance as possible to give us time to prepare the kids for the days ahead. InRead More →

Most families have experienced upheaval in their daily lives during the pandemic. With children and young people now back at school or college, Public Health England (PHE)’s new Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS endorsed tips and advice to look after children and young people’s mental wellbeing. Research reveals that the coronavirus outbreak has caused an increase in anxiety in young people4, and over a third of children report being more worried, sad and stressed than before lockdown5. New PHE survey data found that over half (52%) of parents said the mental wellbeing of their children topped the list of their biggestRead More →

The past few weeks have been pretty emotional for our little family. Firstly our little lady entered her first singing competition and boy, the practice along the way brought some tears and mega tantrums. But never the less we made it to the day of competitions, which was very different in these strange times. I was able to go into the room, which was all social distanced and only the singing teacher and a judge. He is a singing instructor himself and worked with Take That and the West End. Little Miss Mop did ‘Castle on a Cloud’ in full costume and boy she hadRead More →

I have sat here facing an empty page for a while now. I usually have so much to say but this is proving difficult for me to do. I sat down several times and just looked at the keys on my keyboard, willing inspiration to come. I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t just flowing forth like a river. At first I thought it was to do with the fact that I had so many ideas running around my head that I could not just pick one. Then I thought it was because I couldn’t find the time to organise my thoughts. After several more attemptsRead More →

We are delighted to have waved off our first carer on their new bike thanks to the Cycle and Connect Scheme supported by Carers Trust. These bikes are available to loan to registered carers for 4 week periods to enable them to access essential services in the town and support their caring role.  We have 10 bikes available for adult carers to loan so if you are interested please call 01429 283095 or email staff@hartlepoolcarers.org.uk We have also been donated a small number of children’s bikes in various ages for our young carers by the fantastic guys at Run Fit Hartlepool. If you would likeRead More →