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Parent Carer Information Bulletin November 2011

Welcome to this month’s information bulletin for parents and carers of disabled children.

Sunderland Carers' Centre logoParent Carers’ Group

The next meeting will take place on

Thursday 10th November
10am – 12 noon
Sunderland Carers’ Centre, 12 Toward Road, Sunderland SR1 2QF

Parent Carer Coffee Mornings

Wednesday 2nd November
11.30am – 1.30pm
Red House Academy (Youth Centre), Rutherglen Road, Red House, Sunderland SR5 5LN

Tuesday 15th November
10am – 12 noon
Sunningdale School, Shaftoe Road, Springwell, Sunderland SR3 4HA

Monday 28th November
10am – 12 noon
Houghton Leisure Centre, Station Road, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5AH

We look forward to seeing you.

Lisa Watson and Wendy Greenhow

Parent Carer Development Workers

Sunderland Carers' Centre

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas lunch is on its way

Sunderland Carers’ Centre are currently planning for our parent carer Christmas meal outing. We have booked The Three Tons in Durham city centre on Tuesday 6th December at 12 noon. This venue was at the request of parent carers.

The Christmas lunch costs £16.95 and consists of three courses with fresh brewed coffee and warm mince pies. After lunch and time to relax and chatter, you might like to enjoy a stroll around traditional and beautiful Durham or even do a little Christmas shopping. The Three Tons Hotel is situated in the centre of Durham City and is easily accessible by car, bus or rail.

So we can accommodate numbers please call us on (0191) 567 3232 by 30th November and let us know if you would like to join us.

As done previously, we are suggesting car share - if you would like to join us but transport is an issue then ring either Lisa W or Wendy on the above number. Please could you also let us know your menu choice from below?


Fanned melon, orange and prawns with a Grand Marnier coulis
Pate au Champagne with red current chutney
Winter Vegetable soup


Roast Turkey with herb stuffing and roast gravy
Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding
Salmon Supreme in a prawn & dill sauce
Vegetable Lasagne with garlic roll


Traditional Christmas pudding accompanied by brandy sauce
Fresh fruit salad filled Brandy Snap basket

Freshly Brewed Coffee & Warm Mince Pies

Information, Activities and Events

For more details on any of the information, activities or events mentioned below please contact the organisations directly or Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 567 3232.

Useful Vision logoUseful Vision

Useful Vision is a registered charity that helps vision impaired children and families in the North East get the most out of life. Families can register free of charge to receive regular mailings about forthcoming events by calling 0845 604 8491 or email Events are generally free for vision impaired children and their families.

Forthcoming events include:

Sensory Day at the Alan Shearer Centre, Newcastle, Sunday 6th November. Interactive sensory rooms, ball pool, sensory cave and extensive gardens. Free buffet lunch

Wonderfully Wild Family Day at Alnwick Garden, Saturday 12th November. Close up encounters with Jay’s animals; arts and crafts including bath bombs and bug boxes.

Rock Antics at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre, Sunday 27th November. Simulated rock surfaces and textures from easy to extreme, suitable for all ages and abilities.

There are also regular groups: Fins and Flippers weekly pre-school swimming; monthly Bounce groups for babies and toddlers. Contact the Family Support Worker, Susan Cullingworth at the number above or email for more information.

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Sunderland City Council logoNovember Activities at Sunderland Libraries

Dads ‘n’ Kids Club

Saturday 26th November, City Library and Arts Centre, 10.30am – 11.30am
Free Christmas craft session. This club is held one Saturday per month and is suitable for children aged 2 – 11 years and their father / carers. Mums also welcome!  For further information please contact the library on (0191) 561 1235 or click here to visit the website

Bookstart Bear Club

The club is free and is open to all preschool children. Any child who comes along to a library story or rhyme time session, attends a craft activity or borrows a library book can earn a paw stamp towards a Bookstart Bear certificate. Collect ten certificates and receive a special golden one! Each child who joins the Bookstart Bear Club will be entered into a free book prize draw every three months. For more information please phone (0191) 561 1235 or

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Interior design on a shoestring Course

This is a 6-week course. Learn about mood brands, colour schemes, window treatments, soft furnishings and accessories – all on a budget. It starts on Wednesday 2nd November, 1pm – 3pm, at Washington Library and Customer Service Centre, Independence Square, Washington. There may be a charge for the course. To book your place please contact the library on (0191) 561 3441.

Heel & Toe Children’s Charity

Heel & Toe is a local children’s charity based in Durham which provides free conductive education to children with cerebral palsy, dyspraxia and other motor disorders in the North East. Conductive education improves mobility, develops muscles and stamina, promotes good posture management, builds self-esteem and confidence, and improves social skills.

Heel & Toe caters for children from six months to 19 years old in small groups or in one-to-one sessions. They provide a variety of conductive education sessions tailored to the individual needs of the child, including mother and toddler groups, nursery sessions, school age sessions, one-to-one sessions, handwriting classes, advanced mobility, and intensive block placements.

Any parent or carer can apply – contact the centre on 0844 335 0512 to arrange a visit or an assessment, which takes one hour. Visit their website for more information – click here

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust logo City Hospitals Sunderland Carers Charter

This article has been provided by

City Hospitals Sunderland.

Carers are a vital part of the health and community care system and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust recognises that the involvement of carers is crucial to enable hospital staff to provide an exceptional standard of safe, efficient, and effective patient centred care.

City Hospitals Sunderland has been working closely with Sunderland Carers’ Centre to ensure that as a carer you will be viewed as an important member of our team. In June 2010 we launched our Carers Strategy followed up by staff awareness sessions throughout the Trust. We have now developed the Carers Charter and flow chart which will be launched later this year and will acknowledge carer involvement and partnership working.

Carers Charter

Our frontline staff will attend awareness sessions equipping them with knowledge and information to support carers in our organisation. This is our commitment to you and your family to ensure we will deliver an effective service whilst working in partnership, recognising and valuing you the carer, as the “expert”.

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Caring for the Carer Flowchart

The Caring for the Carer flowchart highlights what you as a carer should expect when you bring the person you care for into hospital. It will enable us to discuss with you what your level of involvement would like to be whilst keeping you informed of any changes in condition or treatment plans. It will also act as an aide memoir for nursing and medical staff to ensure you as the carer are given as much support as necessary to carry out your caring role if you wish for that to continue, and also to have some time for your own needs to be met.

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SAFC Foundation - Learning Difficulties Football and Multi-Sports Session

Wednesday 26th October at Seaburn Leisure Centre, 2pm - 4pm

The Learning Difficulties Football and Multi-Sport session is specially designed to give young people between the age of 11 and 19 years old (male and female) with learning difficulties / disabilities a chance to participate in football and multi-sports delivered by SAFC Foundation's team of specialist coaches.  This session will cater for each participant's individual needs in a fun, safe and enthusing environment.  It will include football, judo, volleyball and a number of other sports.

This session will be free to attend but participants must be from North Sunderland.

To book a place or for further information on the Learning Difficulties Football and Multi-Sports or SAFC Foundation contact Kevin Darke on (0191) 551 5316 or email