Parent Voice (North Tyneside)

August 2021 - march 2021

A creative programme for Parent Carers across North Tyneside.

Part of Better Connect.

Our programme with North Tyneside Carers Centre focused on working with Parent Carers who had a caring role for a child under the age of 18 years who has special educational needs and/or a disability.

This programme was open to all adult carers with priority given to Parent Carers and those who are currently awaiting a carers assessment, to bridge the gap in support and offer vital respite.

Weekly sessions were delivered across North Tyneside from August 2021 – March 2022 allowing carers to take time for themselves and socialise with similar experiences.

Artists led initial taster sessions with groups of parent carers, introducing them to different art forms and opening up conversations about self (beyond being a parent and a carer), the importance of taking part in art for positive mental health and wellbeing and looking at the barriers to engagement.

It’s was part of our Better Connect programme which had a range of opportunities to support those who have caring responsibilities, to take time out and get creative.

Images from our taster sessions

Thanks for our Project Funders

Parent Voice was funded by the Thriving Communities Fund, which totals £1.4 million, is being delivered by Arts Council England and has been made possible by the National Academy for Social Prescribing (contributing £1.15m from the Department of Health and Social Care) and Arts Council England (providing £250k from the National Lottery). Other strategic partners to the programme include NHS England and NHS Improvement, Historic England, Sport England, Natural England, the Office for Civil Society, the Money & Pensions Service and NHS Charities Together.