Our Gateshead

Gateshead Carers Association

About us: 

Established in 1996 by 4 carers, Gateshead Carers Association (GCA) now has a membership of some 4200 carers! With an estimated 22,200 carers living in Gateshead (based on 2011 census) there are many more carers in the community needing our support.

Our mission is to make a significant positive difference in the lives of adult carers’ by efficiently and effectively providing the highest quality personalised carer support in Gateshead.

We work to ensure that adult carers;

• Have improved health and wellbeing
• Have an improved quality of life being better able to realise their potential through employment, education and training
• Are treated with respect and dignity and their role is recognised and valued
• Have improved financial health
• Have a life of their own outside of caring
• Have a campaigning voice on issues affecting them.
• We help to shape and influence local, regional and national strategies and policies that impact on the lives of carers by being represented on the following partnerships and forums; Carers Trust, North East Carers Trust Regional Managers Group, Gateshead Carers Partnership, Gateshead Advice Partnership, Gateshead Learning Disabilities Partnership Board, Gateshead Patient, User, Carer and Public Involvement Forum, Gateshead Local Engagement Board, Gateshead Health and Social Care Forum, Gateshead Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairment Partnership Board and Gateshead CEO Group.

You can read all about the overall aims and objectives of the organisation in the Gateshead Carers Association_Strategy 2014-17 or by visiting the About Us page.

Our dedicated team of Carer Support Workers are here to listen and help make life easier for adult carers in Gateshead. We also work closely with Health & Social Care (HSC) professionals and employers to raise awareness of carer issues by offering tailored training and support. So whether you are a carer, you work with carers’ or you employ someone who is a carer… please get in touch to see how we can support you. Call 0191 4900121.

GCA became a registered charity in 2007 and a company limited by guarantee.

Contact Person: 
Steve Cowen
0191 4900121
Gateshead Carers Association
John Haswell House
8/9 Gladstone Terrace
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Regular Activities run by Gateshead Carers Association

Community Allotment for Carers in Gateshead seeks volunteers

Carers' Allotment Access Days

Our community allotment would not function well without dedicated volunteers; we would... Read more

  1. Mondays
  2. Wednesdays
  3. Fridays

10am - 2pm
Every week

Carers' Craft Group meets fortnightly

Carers' Craft Group

Our Craft Group meets every fortnight to try their hand at various creative techniques... Read more

  1. Tuesdays

10am - 2pm

Carers' Cafe Birtley

Join us for our Carers’ Café at The Birtley Hub Resource Centre conveniently situated... Read more

  1. Thursdays

2nd week of the month

Gadabout - Carers Walking Group


Get active in a very gentle way. Have a laugh and take in the beautiful... Read more

  1. Wednesdays
  2. Thursdays

10am - 12noon

No upcoming events are currently being listed by this organisation.

Gateshead Carers Association 's News

Carers’ Assessment – Have you had one?

Date posted: 2nd August 2017


Carers' Cafe at Watergate Cafe on the 1st Tuesday of each month

Carers’ Cafe 1st Tuesday of the month at Watergate Cafe

Date posted: 2nd August 2017

In you live in or around Whickham, Dunston or Lobley Hill, why not join us at our Carers’ Cafe at Watergate Cafe on the first Tuesday of each month,10.30am – 12.30pm.

Gateshead Carers pilot new apps for working carers.

Date posted: 18th January 2016

As part of our new Working Carers project, we are offering Working Carers the chance to access our new App pilot scheme – App4Care – free of charge.

No services are currently being listed by this organisation.

No rooms to hire are currently being listed by this organisation.

Volunteer with Gateshead Carers Association

Volunteer Befriender

We offer a befriending service which aims to provide adult unpaid carers in Gateshead a break by matching a volunteer befriender with the cared for person (befriendee). The aim is to reduce the soc

Volunteer Community Connector

We are looking for volunteers who can, through chatting to people when out and about, find out what is going on in their neighbourhood that could help reduce the social isolation and improve the qu

Volunteer Carers Knowledge Panel

If you currently have a caring role you may like to join our knowledge panel which meets to discuss important issues affecting carers.

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