Information and Advice

Every caring situation is different and the information and guidance that individual carers may need can vary greatly. On this website, you will find information leaflets of the most popular requests for information that we receive. You may also find information in our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section.

If you can’t find the information and guidance to help you in your caring role on our website, please get in touch with our Contact Team on 0191 549 3768, email contactus@sunderlandcarers.co.uk or send a Quick Contact by using this link.

Information Library

We have a wide range of printed information, advice and guidance in our Information Library at Sunderland Carers Centre in Thompson Park, Southwick. This includes information for carers and young carers about the services we provide and the weekly and monthly groups we facilitate. We also keep a breadth of leaflets for partner organisations in the city, so that carers can keep updated with the support available. Carers can come into the centre at any time Monday – Friday 9-5. We also aim to keep current information for carers on the website, including communications and publications from our own organisation and from partners. On a regular basis we will post information about activities, events and groups on our Social Media sites – Facebook @sunderlandcarerscentre & Twitter @sunderlandcarer

To view our online information library Click here

Our Communications and Publications

We have a wide range of printed information, advice and guidance in our Information Library at Sunderland Carers Centre in Thompson Park, Southwick. This includes information for carers and young carers about the services we provide and the weekly and monthly groups we facilitate. We also keep a breadth of leaflets for partner organisations in the city, so that carers can keep updated with the support available. Carers can come into the centre at any time Monday – Friday 9-5. We also aim to keep current information for carers on the website, including communications and publications from our own organisation and from partners. On a regular basis we will post information about activities, events and groups on our Social Media sites – Facebook @sunderlandcarerscentre & Twitter @sunderlandcarer

To view our online communications and publications Click here

Carers Health and Wellbeing

Sometimes carers forget about looking after their own health and well-being because their priority is often  thinking about looking after someone else.  Sunderland Carers Centre is working with other organisations to encourage carers to think about their own physical health and emotional well-being and to encourage carers to take some time out from their caring roles.  These opportunities are listed below.  These opportunities will change frequently, so to make sure you keep up to date with what is available, please keep checking our website, social media and newsletter.

Carers Assessments:  At the heart of a Carer’s Assessment is the impact of caring on the carer’s own well-being.  The assessment will determine what needs to happen, or needs to continue happening, to ensure the carers well-being is supported.  Sunderland Carers Centre is carrying out Carer’s Assessments (for adults over 18 looking after other adults over 18) on behalf of Sunderland City Council.

Carers Improvement Scheme:  Sunderland Carers Centre is working with GP practices to identify and support carers.  We encourage all carers to tell their GP that they have a caring role for someone else.  Your GP practice will have a ‘carer register’  This enables them to offer you things like health checks and flu jabs to help you, as a carer,look after your own health.

Carers on the move:  Our new walking group for carers is part of the Active Sunderland Wellness Programme.  The walks are lead by a trained walk leader and will begin and end at Sunderland Carers Centre.

Carers free swimming:  Carers who are registered with Sunderland Carers Centre may be eligible to apply for a free swimming pass with Everyone Active.  For more information please contact Sunderland Carers Centre

Live Life Well are running a free 8 week course at Sunderland Carers Centre, which will include weekly weigh-ins, information on healthy eating, tips, advice and support.  To register and secure your place, please call Sunderland Carers Centre.

 

Self-care in the city

How Sunderland Carers Centre is working with others to take people forward to better health and well being

 All Together Better (ATB) Sunderland is an NHS-funded ‘vanguard’ programme bringing health and social care services together, with other support organisations in the city, to provide better care for those who need it most, to keep them well and out of hospital if they don’t need to be there.

Sunderland Carers Centre, working as part of a partnership being co-ordinated by ATB Sunderland is working to focus attention on the benefits of ‘self-care’ in order to help local people take control of their own good health and wellbeing better  –  whether that’s managing a long term condition; trying to quit smoking, improve  their diet or get more exercise.  We know this can offer huge benefits to people and their families, as well as help reduce the pressure on over-stretched public services.

There is an abundance of expertise across the city supporting people to understand how to look after themselves and ATB want to join up those providers to improve and expand self care by sharing experiences and knowledge; exploring new techniques and technologies and avoiding duplication of work.

A key part of the plan is the introduction of the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) tool – which helps identify what level of support individuals or their carers might need to manage their health and well-being.

The PAM is being piloted across a range of specialism starting with volunteer GP practices; Age UK Sunderland’s Essence Service and Hospital Discharge team and the council’s Move To Improve programme.

As well as trialling the PAM, relevant front line staff will be offered direct training courses on core skills and self-care coaching skills; how to use the PAM tool or at least dealing with people based on their score; continuation and development of the clinical courses for carers and mapping what exactly is happening across the city in relation to self care.

Relevant resources for staff are available on the ATB website self care pages and will be added to as the project progresses.

You can also get lots of information to help you help the people you care for at www.wellbeinginfo.org

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