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Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Emotional and practical Family support

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity supports families where there is a seriously ill child. This can include support for the sick child, siblings or parents and can be at home, in the hospital or in the community. Each family will be allocated a Family Support Worker who can be somebody to chat to or do fun activities with. 

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
Suite 2F 
North Sands Business Centre
Liberty Way



South Tyneside Young Carers Service

Support for young carers

You may be looking after your mum or dad, brother or sister, a grandparent or another relative or friend. You may have to care for them because they’re disabled, have chronic illness, mental health problems, drug or alcohol problem or other conditions.

Your caring responsibilities may make school attendance, your social life and making and keeping friends more difficult.

We can help with:

  • support to identify future goals and aspirations
  • advocacy (speaking on your behalf)
  • information, advice and guidance
  • activities to give you a break from your caring role
  • meeting people in a similar situation as you
  • support to access other services

We help you access the support your family needs and give you an opportunity to meet people in a similar place as you. We want to know what your goals and aspirations are so we can help you reach them.

Our service is free and confidential. Just call our friendly staff or get someone you know to contact us. 

You can also fill in our referral form and return it to

Call: 01325 731 160



Address Wilkinson Five, The Clervaux Exchange, Clervaux Terrace, Jarrow, South Tyneside, NE32 5UP

Opening times:

Monday - Thursday 8.45am - 4.45pm

Friday 8.45am - 4.15pm

Diabetes management 

Diabetes UK

Life with type 1 diabetes is relentless, so we're working with young people aged 11-25 years old to create strong networks that help all young people feel less isolated and alone. This programme is called Our Lives, Our Choices, Our Voices.

Funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation, Our Lives, Our Choices, Our Voices will:

  1. support young people to understand and feel more confident about managing type 1
  2. support young people to develop strong peer support networks, reducing the feelings of isolation and loneliness that living with type 1 diabetes can create
  3. support young people to better communicate with healthcare teams and create change in their local health systems.

Want to get involved in Our Lives, Our Choices, Our Voices?
Young people from all over the UK are getting involved in this exciting new programme - come and join them! We're recruiting Young Leaders to volunteer with us and help shape the programme to best support other young people living with type 1 diabetes. 

The Chronicle Sunshine Fund

Disabilities, Special Educational Needs, Chronic and Terminal Illness

The Sunshine Fund is a local charity. If you are aged 0-19 years old and have a disability, additional needs, special educational needs, or a chronic or terminal illness, you can apply to us for equipment to help. This equipment could be to help with playing and leisure opportunities, for supporting your education and learning or meeting a therapy need. We also offer free family events and experiences such as trips, sensory play, baking and crafting and parent support sessions.

The Chronicle Sunshine Fund,

NCJ Media Offices, 2nd Floor, Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle, NE1 7JB.

We are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube as The Sunshine Fund/The Chronicle Sunshine Fund.


Opening times: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday

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