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News Archive February 2011

Sunderland, Washington & Coalfields Parent Carer Council Celebration and Achievement Event

The Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council (SWCPCC) are holding a celebration event on Saturday 19th March at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre (formerly the Puma Centre), Silksworth Lane, Sunderland SR3 1PD.

This is to commemorate the achievements and success of the Parent Carer Council and show how they have helped shape many services for children with physical and learning disabilities.

The event will run from 1pm to 5pm and is free. Parent carers of disabled children (aged under 18) are invited to come along and let the children use the soft play and sensory room or have their face painted while you get pampered by professional therapists. Food, refreshments and fun for all the family; you’d be mad to miss it!

If you are interested and want to know more about this event please get in touch with either Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 5673232 or SWCPCC on (0191) 4175322.


Sunderland Caring for Carers Awards 2011

Sponsored by The Co-operative Membership

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 2011.

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

All workers who have been nominated will receive a certificate and the winners will be presented with their awards during Carers Week (13 - 19 June).

Please note nominations must be from carers only and the person you nominate must be a worker (not a young carer or other family member/friend).

The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 4th May.

Nomination forms are available from Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 567 3232 or email


New Sunderland Arthritis Care Group

People with arthritis and their carers are invited by Arthritis Care to celebrate the opening of the new

Sunderland Group

at The Education Centre, Sunderland Royal Hospital

on Wednesday 2nd March 2011

6pm - 8pm

Everyone welcome.

For more information and to book your place please contact Marilyn Young on (0191) 420 3875.


Your Special Adolescent - How to manage and survive those adolescent years

Tuesday 1st March

Registration 9.30am (10am start) - 2pm

The Chilton Country Pub and Hotel, Black Boy Road, Fence Houses, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 6PY

Sunderland Carers’ Centre and Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council (SWCPCC) are holding an event for parents and carers who look after disabled children (aged under 18).

A day for parents and professionals to learn and support each other in dealing with the issues surrounding our special children as they reach puberty and beyond. Gain confidence in how to speak to your child, learn the appropriate language to use, and help guide your child to use appropriate behaviour. Some of the issues covered will include puberty, sex education, and healthy relationships.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

To book a place please contact Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 567 3232.


Carers Week Survey Launched – The True Face of Carers

Every carer in the UK is invited to take part in the annual carers survey. The results will form the core of Carers Week 2011 (13 – 19 June).

Your direct experiences of caring and personal stories of the stresses and strains; the ups and the downs of being a carer are what Carers Week is about.

The theme is The True Face of Carers and the results of the survey will highlight what the reality of caring is in the UK in 2011.

Click here to complete the survey online


The Princess Royal Trust for Carers - Older Carers Survey

Many people over the age of 60 in the UK care for friends or family members who couldn’t manage alone without them. Often, these carers don’t get enough support and find it difficult to keep going.

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers wants to find out more about your experiences so they can fight for better support for older carers.

If you are a carer aged over 60 please take part in the Older Carers Survey. It should take no more than 10 minutes.

Click here to complete the survey online before Thursday 31st March 2011.

All fully completed questionnaires will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Marks & Spencer voucher.