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News Archive December 2011

Sunderland Carers' Centre's January 2012 Newsletter

The latest edition of Sunderland Carers' Centre's Newsletter is now available:

The edition includes articles on:

  • Caring with Confidence - new sessions in Sunderland
  • Sunderland's Carers' Strategy
  • Carer training for professionals and students
  • Become a volunteer at Sunderland Carers' Centre
  • Consultation on public transport

Click here to view


Christmas Closing Dates

Sunderland Carers’ Centre will be closed from 5pm Thursday 22nd December 2011 until 9am Tuesday 3rd January 2012.

If you feel stressed and need support during this time you could ring:

  • Mental Health Matters Helpline tel: 0800 013 0626 from 5pm to 9am weekdays and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays, or
  • The Samaritans tel: 08457 90 90 90 anytime.
  • You can also contact Sunderland City Council at any time over the holiday period tel: 520 5555. If you have an emergency outside normal office hours, on weekends or public holidays, you can contact the Out of Hours Service tel: 528 9110.

If you feel that you do need to speak to the Carers’ Centre, staff have volunteered to monitor the answerphone on 28th, 29th and 30th December. Your message will be picked up and dealt with if it is urgent.


Parent Carer Information Bulletin January 2012

The latest edition of the Parent Carer Information Bulletin is now available - click here to view.


Sunderland City Council logoHospital Discharge Survey

Members of Sunderland City Council's Health and Well-Being Scrutiny Committee are trying to find out what people think about hospital discharge in Sunderland.

Your views will be fed into the City Council's scrutiny review aimed to improve services for patients in the city. So your views matter!

They would like to hear your opinions and experiences and would be grateful if you could complete a short survey.

Any responses will remain strictly confidential and used only for the review of services. No information will be passed onto third parties.

Click here to complete the survey

Please return your completed survey by Friday 10th February 2012 to:



Scrutiny Team

Sunderland City Council

PO Box 100

Civic Centre




New Approaches to Supporting Carers’ Health and Well-being

Carers could benefit from gym membership, laptops or short holidays to help keep them well when giving a high level of care to sick, frail or disabled relatives, a major study has found.

A new report, ‘New Approaches to Supporting Carers’ Health and Well-being’, presents the findings of an independent evaluation of the National Carers’ Strategy Demonstrator Sites programme.

It was funded by the Department of Health who commissioned CIRCLE, University of Leeds to undertake the evaluation of 25 demonstrator sites around the country. These sites either developed new and innovative services for carers or extended existing provision where effective arrangements were already in place.

Click here to read the report

Sunderland was one of the demonstrator sites for carers breaks and as a result the Carers Breaks and Opportunities Scheme was established which offers adult carers of people aged 18 or over the chance to take a break from their caring responsibilities or take part in opportunities of their choice that will help to maintain or improve their quality of life.

Click here for more information about the scheme


NHS Not making the break for carers

A new report by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care reveals that one year after the government committed millions of extra funding for England’s five million unpaid carers, new research shows that spending on carers by Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) has fallen by £2.4m this year.

In November 2010 the Government allocated an extra £400m over four years (2011-2015) to provide support for carers and the research by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care seeks to establish how the PCTs have invested the added funding this year.

The report also finds that PCTs have defied Government by not publishing plans and budgets as was requested – only 26% have published updated plans, and 13% have published budgets for 2011/12.

Click here to read the report


Who Cares? Facebook app

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers has launched a new Facebook app called Who Cares? which gives people an insight into the impact that being a carer has on your social life and friendships.

If you have a Facebook account, you can play the app - click here


Carers Rights Day logoCounting the Cost of Caring: how money worries are pushing carers to breaking point

A survey of over 4,000 carers by Carers UK for Carers Rights Day has found that almost 47% were being made ill by money worries.

The financial toll of caring was stark, with almost half (45%) of carers cutting back on essentials like food and heating to make ends meet, and nearly a third (31%) of carers were living on their overdraft.

The survey also found a very high percentage had cut back on holidays (78%), leisure activites (74%), buying clothes (70%) and going out with friends and family (74%).

Carers struggle to work and care, and an estimated one million have given up work or reduced their hours, losing an average of £11,000 a year.

Debt looms for carers and over 4 in 10 surveyed (45%) said caring pushed them into the red.

47% said they were suffering from anxiety and depression because of concerns about finances.

Click here to read the research report


New guide to carers' rights and benefits 2011/12

Carers UK have produced a new guide for carers called

Looking after someone: a guide to carers' rights and benefits 2011/12

Click here to read the guide