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News Archive June 2011

"What on earth are Personal Budgets?" Course

Find out more about the "personalisation agenda" and some practical ways to get the best out of it for yourself and your family.

A two-day course on:

Monday 4th July, 10.15am - 3.00pm and

Monday 11th July, 10.15am - 2.00pm

at 'The Place', Athenaeum Street, Sunderland SR1 1QX.

As a carer, you are warmly invited to 'The Place' to find out more about what personalisation is and how you can make it work for you and the person you care for in your local area.

During the course you will:

* Find out what's going on locally in relation to personalisation and how to get the best out of it

* Hear from some carers about the process and challenges of setting up personal budgets and the differences it has made to their family life

* Find out where to get more support and information

If you would like more information about the course, or to book your place, please contact:

Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 567 3232 or email here


Sunderland City Council logoAccessing Council Services Survey 2011

Sunderland City Council would like to find out what your preferences and needs are in terms of contacting the council.

It is vital that all residents, businesses and any other customers are able to contact the council as easily as possible and receive a quick and effective response first time round.

They want to hear from as many residents as possible to inform their plans and best meet everyone's needs.

It should take 10 - 15 minutes to complete and the closing date is Monday 1st August .

Click here to take part in the survey


Gentoo logo

National Dementia Awareness Week 3 - 9 July 2011

* Learn fun ways to keep dementia at bay

* How to cope when you are living with dementia

* Find out what aids and adaptations are available for the home to assist

  those living with dementia

* Support for those caring with dementia - you are not alone!

* A chance to meet people who can answer your questions

Why not come along to one of the following venues

Tuesday 5 July, Hetton Centre, 11am - 3pm

Wednesday 6 July, Washington Leisure Centre, 11.30am - 3.30pm

Saturday 9 July, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, 11am - 3pm

For more information contact Gemma Carrick at Gentoo on (0191) 525 5000.


Age UK logo Take part in the Age UK Pride of Place Campaign

Age UK Sunderland is launching a new campaign called

Pride of Place to improve neighbourhoods for older people in the Sunderland area.

The campaign which is being run in partnership with Age UK nationally, is calling on local councillors to take a lead in finding out what older people need in their neighbourhoods and then working with them to make those changes happen.

Many older people are prevented from getting out and about in their area due to barriers such as a lack of public transport, uneven pavements, access to public toilets or places to sit down. The campaign aims to work closely with councillors because they are best placed to help resolve these issues and enable older people to continue playing a fulfilling role in their community.

To kick off the campaign, Age UK Sunderland is encouraging older people in the Sunderland area to send their councillor a postcard telling them what they like about their area and what they would like to see improved. The postcards are available by phoning Age UK Sunderland on (0191) 514 1131 or through the Age UK website - click here.

Click here for Pride of Place postcard

Click here for Pride of Place report

Click here for a list of local councillors


Carers Week logoNew Research for Carers Week 2011 reveals 4 out of 5 carers fear consequences of cuts to care services

More than 80% of unpaid carers are worried about cuts to services, according to new research for Carers Week 2011 (13 – 19 June 2011). Almost half don’t know how they will cope as the axe falls on some of the vital support they rely on.

The cuts to services compound the financial sacrifice people make when they start looking after someone who is ill, frail or disabled. Three quarters of those surveyed say they are worse off financially since taking on their caring responsibilities.

When people are forced onto benefits they find that Carer’s Allowance is the lowest benefit of its kind. The Carers Week research shows that two thirds of carers are surprised at how little help they get from the government.

The theme of this year’s Carers Week is ‘The True Face of Carers’. It calls for greater recognition and support for the diverse – and often unexpected – range of people who give up their money, time and health to look after somebody else.

* 2,012 carers took part in the survey, both online and by post, which was carried out by Carers Week from 1st February – 4th May 2011.

Click here for more survey results (including results for the North East)