Destination: Westminster. 27-venue national tour for play about young carers in Salford

A play about young carers in Salford is about to embark on a five-week, 27-venue national tour - culminating in a performance at The House of Lords in Westminster.

The show, Who Cares, was written by Matt Woodhead and co-produced by The Lowry and LUNG Theatre. It was made in partnership with The Gaddum Centre’s Salford Carers Service.

It features interviews with young carers about their lives – as well as input from their families and schoolteachers. Local councillors and MP, Barbara Keeley, were also interviewed - along with GP’s and young carers’ workers in the city-region.

The play aims to help identify ‘hidden’ young carers in society – those who provide care under the radar of their friends, schoolteachers and local authorities - and signpost them to the support available.

The 27-venues - none of which are traditional theatre spaces - have been chosen in partnership with Onside Youth Zones – a national youth centre charity; and Aldridge Education – the academy schools chain founded by ex-Capita Plc boss and Lowry chairman, Sir Rod Aldridge.

Primarily located in areas of high deprivation - where the need for support services is strongest – the venues will see the work presented to more than 3,000 young people.

The tour opens in Salford on Monday 30 October, with the final performance in Westminster set for Tuesday 5 December. The performance in The House of Lords will be hosted by Baroness (Jane) Bonham Carter, a trustee of The Lowry.

Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “Who Cares was a highlight of our 2016 programme and its national tour will ensure this potentially life-changing work will be seen by a further 3,000 young people across the country.

“It is a great example of the role that theatre has to play in the education and development of young people - and we hope the opportunity to present the work to peers and MPs at The House of Lords will help highlight the importance of the need for young carers to be well supported”. 

Casting for the tour has been confirmed. RADA graduate, Lizzie Mounter, plays ‘Nicole’ a 14-year old caring for her mother. Bristol Old Vic favourite, Jessica Temple, plays ‘Jade’ a 17-year old caring for her brother and their dad after he was paralysed in a motorbike accident. And former Billy Elliott star, Joey Philips from Lytham St Annes, plays ‘Connor’ a 12-year old struggling to juggle his school work with his responsibilities at home caring for his mum who faces mental illness. 

Who Cares premiered to critical acclaim at The Lowry in November 2016. The national tour has been made possible thanks to funding from The Oglesby Charitable Trust and Curious Minds


Government launches consultation

to find out about returning to work after time out for caring


The government has launched a consultation to find out more about the barriers to returning to work after time out for caring.


Calling for evidence about the experiences of people who want to return to work, employers’ experiences of recruiting these people, and other evidence on the barriers and support available, the government seeks views from - 



Job title:                         Programme Manager – Carers

Salary:                              £40,428 - £48,514

Working Pattern:         37.5 hours

Duration:                        Fixed Term until 31/03/2019

Base:                                Health and Social Care Partnership within the Adult Social Care Transformation Team with the location being 3 Piccadilly Place or Churchgate House, Manchester

Link to advert:    


The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP), established in April 2016, is the body made up of the 34 NHS organisations and councils in the city region (with reach into primary care, regulators, the community, voluntary sectors and Health watch) that is overseeing devolution and taking charge of the £6bn health and social care budget. We are looking to appoint a Programme Manager to join the Adult Social Care Transformation Team to work specifically on the Carers Programme.

 The Programme Manager will:

 •Lead on GMHSCP Carers programmes of work ensuring that that implementation planning and delivery maintains focus and achieves its milestones and objectives and outcomes

 •Have a prominent role in communication of the strategy with carers and across health and social care and the voluntary and community sector

 •Develop, manage and successfully deliver complex, high value-programmes and initiatives, taking direct responsibility for the successful delivery of all elements to agreed levels of time, budget and quality

 •Manage and co-ordinate resources effectively, ensuring that programme requirements are fully identified, including staffing, financial and ICT requirements

 •Ensure that change is managed effectively by working with relevant programme teams and key stakeholders internally and externally and across sector.

 •Play a key role ensuring the implementation and delivery of the GMHSCP programmes to support the achievement of the Greater Manchester strategic plan and Locality Plan objectives.

 •This role will also play a key part in the HSCSP and the implementation of its broader objectives in health and adult social care and will be a part of a growing and diverse GM team.

 To meet this challenge, you will experienced in programme management and be able to successfully drive activities and implement changes in a complex system. You will have a great value base with a passion to improve lives and make a difference. This is a front facing role and will work primarily with external partners – you will be the main interface between these, the Partnership and other sectors. Ideally you will have experience and/or an understanding of adult social care or related areas however it is the work stream leadership experience that we seek with transferrable skills from other roles within the NHS, local government, social housing, not for profit, management consulting or private health sectors.




Tuesday the 26th September sees the 3rd Salford Young Carers Day, a day when the city celebrates the enormous contribution that young carers make to the daily life of the city.

So far we have planned Breakfast with the Ceremonial Mayor when a group of some of our younger carers will visit the ceremonial mayor in their Chambers for breakfast and to tell him about their lives as carers

We are hoping that either on the day or very near it members of the Young Carers Board will be meeting with the elected Mayor and lead councillors to discuss with them their Manifesto for change "Challenging the Poverty of Opportunity"

In the evening of the 26th we will all be at the Lowry for this years Showcase Event based on the poems, short stories and photographs of a group of very talented young carers exploring their lives as carers. As always this promises to be an amazing evening, the 6th such event we have run with our partners at the Lowry. If you have received an invite please make sure you respond as soon as invite and want to attend contact Paul Moran at the Carers Centre

what will you be doing to celebrate Salford's amazing young carers? Lets us know if we can support/help you and let us know so we can highlight all the celebrations on the website


Invitation to take part in a Young Carer Well-being Study


The University of Bristol is carrying out research into the well-being of young carers.

There is little research specifically looking at how caring for people with different conditions affects their young carers individually.

They have developed a survey to look at how caring for someone affects the well-being of young carers and how this is different, depending on who you care for.

They invite all young adults aged 18 to 26 years, who identify themselves as being, or in the past having been, young carers, to take part in this study.

They are interested in your personal views on how being a carer affects you and how you feel about what you do. 

The questionnaire should only take 10-15 minutes to complete.

All your answers will be completely anonymous, kept confidential and only used for research purposes.  You will be able to withdraw from the survey at any time if you should wish to.

As a thank you for taking part, you will be given the opportunity to enter into a Prize Draw to win one of four Amazon vouchers worth £25 each.

They would be very grateful for your help with this important research.

If you would like to take part, please click on this link:






Interested in volunteering?

We have a number of opportunities for volunteers within Gaddum's Salford Carers Centre from mentoring young adult carers to help young carers with CV writing, from supporting group work sessions to helping adult carers set up their own peer support sessions.

From budgeting to wellbeing sessions if you have a skill, some time and the desire to support carers in the city please get in touch by ringing Paul Moran on 0161 833 0217

Thank you


As we are all aware being a carer can serious affect your own health & wellbeing and that it is vital that carers get the opportunities to not only take time out but also to spend time sharing with their peers and looking at how they can put into place strategies to support & take care themselves.

Below are a series of courses/opportunities for carers over the next few months.

Wednesday 6th September; Launch of our new peer support Carers Group at the Angel Centre. We be with our volunteers in the Union Café from 10.00 to 12.00 so drop in for coffee and cake and help us plan the future for this exciting new group.

Tuesday 12th September; a session on balancing care and work to be held at Eccles Gateway 17.30-19.30. For more information or to book a place ring 0161 833 0217 or email

Autumn Wellbeing Course starts Wednesday 13th September and runs for 6 weeks based at Broughton Hub and running from 10.00-12.00. Limited places so please ring 0161 833 0217 to book your place. 

Wednesday 20th September Health Awareness Day at Agnus Hopkins Centre Swinton. Runs from 11.00-16.00. Involves advice sessions, Healthy Hips demo, Tai Chi demo, and Bingo. There is a free lunch but places must be booked by ringing 0161 727 8162  

Wednesday 29th November tackling the Christmas Blues-A wellbeing workshop aimed at preparing ourselves for a chaotic Christmas at Walkden Hub 10.30-12.30

Also don't forget the following peers support groups that meet weekly;

Tuesdays 09.00-12.00 WeCare Walkden meets in Hug in a Mug unit 2 on the High Street

Wednesday 10.00-12.00 WeCare Irlam meets in Christine's Tea Room 86 Liverpool Rd.

Lots more to come over the coming months, see nothing for you? Have ideas? Get in touch the service is here to support you, lets make sure it does.


Thinking of going to university?

There are approximately 375,000 Young Adult Carers, between 14 – 25 years old, in the UK.
A young carer is someone who helps to look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, long-term illness (including mental health conditions) or a substance abuse problem. Often young carers are responsible for caring for one of their parents, or a sibling.
Whilst facing a number of challenges in day-to-day life, starting university can present a whole new set of difficulties for Young Adult Carers.

Paige, a young adult carer in Salford who studied Law at the University of Bolton, gave us an insight into, and advice on managing, being a Young Adult Carer at university.

Paige’s story:

When I started university, it was the most exciting time of my life. I felt like I had achieved so much and that I was finally on the road to success. No one in my family had ever been to university before, so this was a really big deal. It was an even bigger deal, as I was also the main carer for my dad and brother, and had been since I was six years old.
I got through my first year without much of a problem. My grades were in the top 10% of my class and I was throwing myself into different societies and clubs. I even set up and became the chair of the Law society at the University. I didn’t want to tell anyone that I was a young carer, even though I had always had support at home, because I didn’t want to be treated differently and I just wanted to be identified as “normal”.

Second year came and I was still doing well. I was enjoying myself. The work was tougher but I was managing. But, when my brother got ill, my focus and priorities needed to change. I really knew I needed more support with my studies, for example extensions on assignments, but I still didn’t want to tell anyone. I thought I could just plod on through and it would all turn out okay.
When I got to third year, my own health was taking a beating. My dad’s health had deteriorated and I needed to be spending more and more time in my caring role. In the end, I had to suspend my studies. When I explained to my tutor what was going on, straight away he arranged for things to put in place to support me as much as the university could. I was able to re-sit exams I hadn’t passed and had regular meetings with the councillor they set up.
I had spent 4 years thinking I would be treated differently. After I had struggled on all that time I could have gotten the support and understanding I needed to finish my course. My advice would be to mention the fact that you are a carer. You won’t be treated differently, but if you ever needed support it would already be in place. There isn’t any need to struggle through; sometimes you do need a little support to achieve everything you want to do.
So remember, we are not different as carers. It’s just that we do different things and need different support. Make sure you get that support – I didn’t until it was too late. But now, one day, I will return to complete my studies.

Are you a young adult carer?

If you’re a Young Adult Carer about to start at university, or currently studying for your degree, Campus Living Villages, who we have been working with developing them into both a carer friendly employer & a carer friendly provider, offer a range of initiatives to help support you through your studies.

They understand that coming to university can create challenges around the level of financial responsibility you face. They also know that some people have additional family responsibilities which adds to their financial pressures.
If you identify as a Young Adult Carer, they have a range of initiatives to support you during your stay with us. If you find yourself in a situation of genuine hardship, they may be able to help with a small bursary

So if you are staying in their accommodation please speak to one of their village team on reception to discuss your situation and ways in which we can help.

Not staying with Campus Living Villages? Make sure you talk to your university, a growing number of them have Carer Student policies and will be able to offer you extra support


The Angel Carers’ Group

Come join us at our launch event of a new Salford carers group based at the Angel Centre.  The group is aimed at all carers and will provide a friendly, welcoming and most of all fun space to meet and get some much needed time to yourself.

The group will be a social space to grab a brew and chat, and we will also invite guest speakers to talk about subjects from wellbeing to welfare rights.

The launch will be on

Wednesday 6th September, from 10am to 12pm,

and will be the first Wednesday of the month thereafter.  

Come for a slice of cake and tell us what you want to get out of the group!

 Meet at Salford Carers Centre, 1 St Phillips Place (off Chapel Street), Salford, M3 6FA.  

For any questions please contact Salford Carers on 0161 833 0217 or email