Tuesday 26th September-what a day!!

The 3rd annual Salford Young Carers Day was a true celebration of the young carers living in our great city. Starting with Breakfast in the council chamber and culminating in the 7th Annual Showcase event with our amazing partners The Lowry Theatre.

Busy busy day for all and a huge call out to all that were involved-workers who made things happen, partners who ran events and made things happen, guests who attended events and made the young people feel very very special and as always The Lowry who once more hosted our evening event with amazing style.

Also very big call out to our to young workers Laura and Lewis who along with Cllr Walsh saved the day when sadly Salford’s Ceremonial Mayor had to pull out of the breakfast event due to a family funeral.  No disappointed faces and lots of stories to take back to school from Cllr Walsh-thank you sir and thank you for the quick thinking Lewis/Laura.

The day continued with assemblies in schools, some supported by our workers some driven by the schools and young people themselves with all roads leading to the evening event at the Lowry.

With members of the YC/YAC Board working with Lowry staff as “meeters and greeters” the event got off to a smooth start with the cakes going down really well!! So thanks to Emma, Beth & Gwen from the Lowry (Special people) and Patrick, Ismail, Martin & Julia (Very special people)

First up there was a short film “ A conversation with...” which involved Paige & Hannah, as carers, with Paul Moran, from the Carers Centre, & Lynsey O’Sullivan, from the Lowry, chatting about the partnership, the value of the arts in working with young carers and all the benefits that individual carers have gained from being involved. We hope to be able to get this up on the web site soon then you can see what Elvis Presley has to do with Salford Young Carers!!

There then followed the main event the launch of “There’s More Than Meets The Eye” an exhibition of photography and creative writing by Hannah, Laiba, Leah, Marc and Nancy

View their writing here

The 5 young people performed their work with the confidence and skills of seasoned professional, yet those of us working on the dress rehearsals know how far from the truth that was the night before!! It never fails to amaze our guests and even staff how real and raw the young people make these events, with real honesty about their lives, real passion about the issues they face, and real love for the people they care for.

It was an exceptional night, well developed & organised by Matt from the YAC Team, Zora our sessional worker and the incredible Lee from the Lowry.

As always the event was well supported by local dignitaries and politicians and we thank them all for attending but a very special mention to Cllr Connor Salford’s Ceremonial Mayor, who having attended a family funeral in the morning, which meant “Breakfast with the Mayor” had to be cancelled, not only attended the evening event, spent absolute ages talking to young people, but has also rearranged the “Breakfast with the Mayor” event for next week......THANK YOU

SO Salford Young Carers 2017 is over....planning for number 4 and the 8th Lowry Showcase event for 2018 starts now!! 



We Are Moving! 

As of Monday 2nd October 2017 Salford Carers Centre will be moving.

Our new address will be:      

 Langworthy Cornerstones,

451 Liverpool St, Salford M6 5QQ

0161 212 5451

So after nearly 20 years of being based at the Angel Centre we are off for new adventures at Langworthy Cornerstones and we are all really excited!

Those of you who know the centre will recognise it as the centre of a very active community, providing essential services both to the local and city wide community. It is an ideal base for our Carers Centre, providing an accessible base for people to visit us at whilst also enabling the workers to have quick easy access to most parts of the city.

So life might be a bit hectic in October as we get used to new I.T. systems and get bedded into our new base but we will remain open for business and hope to see you all very soon



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.