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News Archive April 2014

Sunderland Carers' Centre Newsletter May 2014

The May edition of the Sunderland Carers' Centre Newsletter is now available.

This edition includes articles on:

  • Young Carers' Conference
  • Carers Week Trip
  • Carers Have Talent
  • Caring for Carers Awards
  • Time Well Earned Exhibition in the House of Commons

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Also available our new Summer Group Programme - click here


Parent Carer Information Bulletin May 2014

The new edition of the Parent Carer Information Bulletin is now available.

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Sunderland Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next Parent Carer Coffee Morning in Sunderland for parent carers (of disabled children aged under 18) is on Thursday 1st May, 10am - 12 noon, at Sunderland Carers' Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF.

For more information please contact Wendy Greenhow at the Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.


Sunderland Carers' Centre wins £41k grant to boost support for Young Adult Carers in Sunderland

Sunderland Carers' Centre has received a grant for £41,144 to boost support and services for young adult carers in Sunderland.

The donation is among the first to be awarded following a Charity of the Year partnership between Carers Trust and The Co-operative Group whose staff, members and customers raised £6 million to provide breaks, information, advice, support and services for 14 to 25 year olds facing the challenges of caring.

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Garden Group - New Volunteers Welcome

Members of the Garden GroupA group of carers help maintain and develop the Carers' Centre garden area (including the young carers' garden).

They are currently working to improve one particular area of the garden so carers will have their own space to relax.

They would like to welcome new volunteers to join them. No gardening experience is required.

The group will next meet on Wednesday 30th April, 12 noon - 1.30pm, to discuss the work to be done in the garden. They carry out the work whenever they get an hour or two of spare time or plan when they can work together as a group.

If you are interested in joining them please contact Kevin on (0191) 549 3768 or email


Disability Swim Session

There is an exclusive use disability swim session on Saturday 26th April, 3.45pm - 4.45pm, at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre for disabled children and their families.

The cost is £2.20 per person or family ticket £5.25 (maximum 2 adults and 2 young people).

For more details contact their reception on (0191) 561 5900.


Houghton Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next Parent Carer Coffee Morning is on Monday 28th April, 10am - 12 noon, at Houghton Primary Care Centre, Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5HB.

For more information please contact the Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.


Washington Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next Parent Carer Coffee Morning is on Wednesday 23rd April, 10am - 12 noon, at Rainbow Family Centre, 34 Elliott Terrace, Concord, Washington NE37 3AE.

For more information please contact the Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.


Family Fun Day for Disabled Children and their Families

Sunderland City Council logoWednesday 16th April

Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre

There will be a family fun day for disabled children and their families at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre on Wednesday 16th April:

Indoor Adventure Soft Play 9am - 11am

Fun & Floats swim session 10.15am - 11.15am

Tennis Coaching
Session 1: 9am - 9.45am
Session 2: 10am - 10.45am

Price £2.90 per person (1 accompanying adult/carer per young person is free of charge)

No outdoor shoes, food or drinks other than bottled water permitted on tennis courts, in soft play or sensory room. Loose comfortable sportswear recommended. Lockers are provided £1 deposit.

For more information please contact their reception on (0191) 5615900.


New Disability Swim Session in Hetton

Sunderland City Council logoThere will be a swim session for disabled children and their families at Hetton Community Pool tomorrow, Saturday 12th April, 3.30pm - 4.30pm (in the main pool).

The price is £2.20 per person or £5.25 for a family ticket (maximum 2 adults and 2 young people).


Please sponsor our Zip Wire Heroes!

A team of 24 brave volunteers will be zip-wiring across the River Wear on Saturday 3rd May to raise vital funds for Sunderland Carers' Centre.

To sponsor the team online please click here

or text a donation to the Carers' Centre by our text donation service

e.g. to donate £5 text SUNC20 £5 to 70070

Thank you for your support.


Sunderland Caring for Carers Awards 2014

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Do you live in the City of Sunderland and look after a family member or friend with a long-term illness or disability?

Has a worker from health, social services, a home care agency, a voluntary or community project or another organisation been of particular support to you in your caring role?  For example a nurse, doctor, dentist, optician, pharmacist, consultant, social worker, care worker, or a voluntary or community worker.

If so, this is your chance to say thank you by nominating them for the Caring for Carers Awards 2014.

The awards aim to recognise workers who have made a real difference to the lives of carers.

The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 6th May.

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Sunderland Carers' Centre supports the Save Our Station Campaign

Sunderland Carers’ Centre is formally supporting the Sunderland Echo Campaign to save Sunderland Central Fire Station.

Our firefighters perform a key rescue service in case of accidents at work, at play and on the roads, as well as fighting fires. The station in Railway Row is situated right on the edge of our city centre, close to amenities like the main shopping centre, the Empire Theatre, restaurants and nightspots, and also with ready access to the Port, industrial estates and our main arterial roads.

There has been a stay of execution until 2017 but firefighters are looking for support for the long-term future security of the station.

Please show your support too by signing the petition on the Sunderland Echo website - click here

We also have paper copies available at the Carers’ Centre.


Writing for Health Course

Creative writing can be therapeutic and can alleviate the effects of stress and anxiety.  In May a new 10 week course of creative writing sessions will begin for carers, vulnerable and older people living in the Coalfields area.  Previous experience of creative writing is not necessary and it will suit all abilities.  So if you're not the best at spelling etc. please don't be put off if you would like to come along and have a go!

Sessions will take place in The Community Room at Houghton Primary Care Centre beginning Tuesday 6th May and will continue every week (apart from 27th May as it is half term).  Sessions will be 10.30am - 1.15pm with a light buffet lunch and refreshments available.  Transport can be provided to and from the venue.

For more information please contact Gina Smith at the Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.

Please note: due to the funding source of this project, these sessions are only open to carers, vulnerable and older people within the Coalfields area of the city.


Sunderland Carers' Centre wins an award!

Baroness Martha Lane Fox and Lisa Hall at the presentation ceremony.Sunderland Carers' Centre is delighted to announce that our Information Officer, Lisa Hall, has won the Go On North East 'I Made a Difference' Award for 'Helping a charity get connected'.

Lisa was presented with her award at a presentation ceremony on Wednesday 2nd April held at the Stadium of Light.

Lisa said "A big thank you to everyone who voted for me and for all your kind words of support.  Thank you also to Chris Foreman from Sunderland City Council for nominating me.  Hopefully through winning this award it will encourage and help more carers to get online."

Pictured: Lisa (right) with Baroness Martha Lane Fox at the presentation ceremony.