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News Archive December 2013

Christmas Closing Dates

Sunderland Carers’ Centre will be closed from 5pm Friday 20th December until 9am Thursday 2nd January.

If you feel stressed and need support during this time you could ring:

  • the Mental Health Matters Helpline tel: 0800 013 0626 from 5pm to 9am weekdays and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays, or
  • The Samaritans tel: 08457 90 90 90 anytime.

You can also contact Sunderland City Council at any time over the holiday period tel: (0191) 520 5555.

If you have a social care emergency outside normal office hours, on weekends or public holidays, you can contact the Out of Hours Service tel: (0191) 520 5515.

If you feel that you do need to speak to the Carers’ Centre, staff have volunteered to monitor the answerphone on 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th and 31st December. Your message will be picked up and dealt with if it is urgent.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Take part in the Sunderland Live Zip Wire Challenge... and raise funds for the Carers' Centre

The Sunderland Carers' Centre zip wire team at last year's Sunderland Live Zip Wire Challenge.The Sunderland Live Zip Wire Challenge returns for 2014 with the public being invited to zip wire from the Wearmouth Bridge to Panns Bank to raise money for charity.

Due to the fantastic response last year, raising over £13,000 for various charities, this year the event has been extended across two days.  It will take place over the bank holiday weekend of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May and will run alongside the Sunderland City Half Marathon and Sunderland City 10k.

Click here for more information

As one of Sunderland Live's Charity Partners, Sunderland Carers' Centre is delighted to have a limited number of free places available on Saturday 3rd May for those people wishing to take part and raise funds on our behalf (usually entry cost is £45).

If you are interested please call Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.

Pictured above: Members of the Carers' Centre zip wire team who took part in last year's Challenge.


Carers celebrate with confidence!

Carers at the final Caring with Confidence session.Congratulations to all the carers who have just completed the latest round of Caring with Confidence sessions in Washington.

The carers are pictured here celebrating at the final session.

If you would like to take part in the next round of sessions or want to find out more about Caring with Confidence please contact the Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.


Christmas Disability Specific Swim Sessions

Sunderland City Council logoThere will be three disability specific swim sessions over the Christmas holidays for disabled children and their families at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre:

Saturday 21st December, 4pm - 5pm

Monday 23rd December, 12.15pm - 1.15pm

Monday 30th December, 12.15pm - 1.15pm

Entry is £2.10 per person (carer free of charge).

For more information please contact their reception on (0191) 561 5900.


Carers Coffee Morning - Monday 16th December

The next coffee morning for carers is on Monday 16th December, 10.30am - 12 noon, at Sunderland Carers' Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF.

All carers welcome. Come along for tea, coffee and a chat.


Autumn Statement 2013 - what it means for carers

Yesterday the Chancellor made an Autumn Statement in Parliament to provide an update on the Government's plans for the economy and the most recent economic forecasts.

Carers UK have produced a briefing on what it means for carers.

Click here to read the briefing