The Kingswood Centre specialises and facilitates learning and developmental activities for young carers living with parents/family members who are alcohol and/or substance dependent.
Young Carer involvement will include:
â€œI am a mother of two children; my oldest is a drug-user. I felt that it was my fault and tried to force him to stop. His addiction led him to a life of crime, but not only did it leave him with no money, it led the family into financial hardship as he would constantly come to me for money.
I joined the group and now realise I am not alone and meeting with others helps to lighten the bad, but does not take it away.
Since I joined the group things have changed, with the support of the group, I have learned to handle the worry of my son. I have helped him to build his confidence and he is now working. I am also in full time employment. I donâ€™t think I could have done all this without the support of the friends I have made in the group.â€
PROPS â€“ Positive Response to Overcoming Problems of Substance Misuse, is a North East based support service for individuals, families and carers of those living with alcohol and substance misuse.
PROPS provides a wide range of support services such as: one-to-one support, counselling, drug awareness training, a confidential out-of-hours helpline, volunteer support and respite breaks.
Please remember that you are not alone and we have a dedicated and friendly team here to help you if you are living with, or caring for someone misusing drugs or alcohol. Call our helpline on 0191 226 3440.