Friday Night Shuffle - Friday 31st May
Four young carers have been given the opportunity to do some voluntary work in Tanzania as part of the Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme. Gabi, David, Becky and Rachael have been busy fundraising for their journey and to help raise funds have organised a:
Friday Night Shuffle
The Grindon Mill
7.30pm - 11.30pm
Friday 31st May
Dig out your dancing shoes and shuffle away to your favourite tune. There will be cash bingo and a raffle too.
Children (under 16): £1.50
Tickets available from Sunderland Carers' Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF Tel: (0191) 549 3768.
Parent Carer Summer Outing
Are you a parent carer of a disabled child aged under 18?
Join the Carers' Centre on our Parent Carer Summer Outing on:
Wednesday 10th July
This year we are going bowling at 1st Bowl, Sunniside, Sunderland then for a meal at Sambucas restaurant, Wylam Wharf, Low Street, Sunderland.
Click here to find out more
Walk in Celebration of Carers:
Registration Closing Date - Friday 24th May
Friday 24th May is the closing date for registering for the Celebration Walk.
The walk is being organised by Washington Multi-Purpose Centre and will take place on Friday 21st June at Herrington Country Park. It is one mile in length and fully accessible to all, including wheelchairs and scooters. Walk starts at 11am. Registration from 10am.
The registration fee is £4 and includes goodie bag, medal and
This is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of carers and we would like as many carers as possible to take part. The people you care for can take part too.
Click here for more details and the registration form
You can either return your form and payment to Washington Multi-Purpose Centre or Sunderland Carers' Centre.
Please register by Friday 24th May:
Tel: Gillian Jackson on 219 3530 or Lisa Hall on 549 3768.
You must pay your registration fee by Friday 31st May.
Fundraising Coffee Morning raises £560
A fantastic £560 was raised at our Fundraising Coffee Morning on Thursday 16th May.
The money was raised via a raffle, tombola, guess the teddy bear competition and the sale of cakes, savouries, books and bric-a-brac.
The winning raffle tickets were 205, 536, 502, 346, 297, 275, 73, 384, 108, 283, 176, 344, 305, 190, 470 and 169.
All raffle winners have been notified. Prizes are available from our reception desk.
The name of the teddy bear was Henry.
Sunderland Carers' Centre would like to thank the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Stuart Porthouse and his wife, Marie, the Deputy Mayoress, for opening the event and cutting our birthday cake to celebrate our first anniversary at Thompson Park. This was their first official engagement since becoming Deputy Mayor and Mayoress.
We would also like to say thank you to everyone who came along to the event and the staff, carers, volunteers and organisations who baked cakes, donated items and helped on the day.
The money raised will go towards the work of the Carers' Centre.
Census 2011 - New data on carers released
New data from the Census 2011 reveals an inequality in the provision of unpaid care in England and Wales.
It also shows that providing unpaid care can impact on health and economic activity.
Click here for more details
Disability Specific Swim Session - Saturday 25th May
The next disability specific swim session for disabled children and their families will take place on Saturday 25th May, 4pm - 5pm, at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre.
The cost is £2.10 per person or
£5 for a family ticket (maximum 2 adults and 2 young people).
Click here for more information
Walk in Celebration of Carers 2013
Washington Multi-Purpose Centre is organising a Walk in Celebration of Carers on:
Friday 21st June
at Herrington Country Park
The walk is open to all abilities including those with wheelchairs and scooters. The walk is one mile.
The registration fee is £4 which includes free goodie bag, medal and T-shirt.
Closing date for registation is Friday 24th May.
Click here for more details
The Queen's Speech: what it means for carers
Yesterday the Queen's Speech included two Bills relevant to carers amongst the Government's legislative plans for 2013-14 - a social care bill and a bill on reforming the state pension.
Carers UK has produced a briefing which summarises what these pieces of legislation could mean for carers.
Click here to view the briefing
Carers Week Trip
To celebrate Carers Week
(10 - 16 June) Sunderland Carers' Centre are organising a coach trip for carers to Harrogate on Wednesday 12th June.
This is a chance for you to have a day to yourself and meet other carers.
We will be taking bookings from Tuesday 7th May.
Click here for more information and to find out how to book
Sunderland Carers' Centre's May 2013 Newsletter
The latest edition of Sunderland Carers' Centre's Newsletter is now available.
This edition includes articles on:
- 'Time well earned' at Sunderland University
- Carers Week Trip
- Caring for Carers Awards
- Fundraising Coffee Morning
- Satisfaction Survey
- Working Carers
Click here to view
Well Done to the Carers' Centre Zip Wire Team
Well done to the team from Sunderland Carers' Centre who yesterday bravely zip wired from Monkwearmouth Bridge across the River Wear in blusterly conditions to raise funds for the Centre.
Thank you to everyone who has sponsored the team and those people who came and gave their support on the day. It was very much appreciated.
The team are pictured above (from left to right): Jackson Stubbs (Clerical Support), Lisa Hall (Information Worker), David Harrison (Young Carer), Robert Shevlin (Young Carer) and Naomi Coulson (Development Worker).
Parent Carer Information Bulletin May 2013
The new edition of the Parent Carer Information Bulletin is now available.
Click here to view
Sunderland Carers' Centre wants to give as good a service as possible to carers and in order to improve the work we do we conduct an annual Satisfaction Survey to obtain carers' views on the services we provide. This year 190 carers took part in the survey and the results have been collated into a report.
Thank you to all the carers who participated. We are overwhelmed by the many positive comments made by carers and the feedback you have given about our services will prove very valuable in helping us develop our services in the future. Overall 91% or carers who responded described our services as excellent or good and the average rating out of 10 given was 9.
Click here to read the full report
Rotary Club's car park fundraiser helping Young Carers heading out to Africa!
Four young carers have been given the opportunity to do some voluntary work in Tanzania as part of the Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme.
Gabi, David, Becky and Rachael have been busy fundraising for their journey and have recently received a terrific boost to their funds, receiving £300 from the Rotary Club of Sunderland.
The Rotary Club members raise their funds by providing car parking at the University of Sunderland City Campus every Saturday from 8.45am onwards. For only £2 you can park all day! Not only will you get great value for money parking in the city centre but you will help local worthwhile causes at the same time.
Thanks to the Rotary Club for providing this excellent service and for supporting Gabi, David, Becky and Rachael for their journey of a lifetime.
If you would like to make a donation to their trip please contact Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.
Are you feeling the financial strain?
For the past couple of years it has been hard to ignore the constant media stories about future cuts to services and the benefits system.
As many of these changes will start to take effect this year Sunderland Carers' Centre wants to hear about how they will directly affect you - and all the other carers in Sunderland.
Click here to find out more