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Opportunities to influence service development

Washington Carers ConsultationSunderland Carers’ Centre enables carers to work together to give carers a voice to influence policy and service development for the people they care for and for themselves as carers.

Carers are invited to give their views to the Centre as individuals, through groups or specially arranged meetings.

Sunderland Carers’ Centre supports carer representatives on multi-agency policy and planning groups. Carers who attend these meetings gather the views of other carers from carers' groups and staff at Sunderland Carers’ Centre.

Sunderland Carers’ Centre works with others to promote conferences and fora which enable carers to meet and share views. Feedback from such events is used to inform policy.

Sunderland Carers’ Centre seeks to ensure that carers from the city can influence policy at national level. The Carers’ Centre has worked closely with the city’s MPs on a number of concerns. Other opportunities arise through membership of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers Network and through Carers UK campaigns. There have also been opportunities to influence national strategies directly.

Sunderland Carers’ Centre believes that all carers should have the opportunity to have their voice heard and therefore works to build the confidence of individual carers, encourages carers to work together and support each other and tries to ensure that the pool of carer representatives is wide and open to as many carers as possible.

For more information please contact Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768 or email

Recent examples and consultation reports

To look at some of the recent examples of how carers in the city have been given the opportunity to influence policy and service development and to read the consultation reports click here.

Current consultations and future events

To find out about current and future opportunities for carers to influence policy and service development click here.