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News Archive February 2012

The Co-operative Membership logoSunderland Caring for Carers Awards 2012

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 2012.

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

The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 9th May 2012.

Click here for more information


Sunderland Carers' Centre's March 2012 Newsletter

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

This edition includes articles on:

  • Caring for Carers Awards
  • Carers Week survey
  • Consultation on Sunderland's Carers' Strategy
  • New Training for Carers
  • Get active for 2012

Click here to view


Parent Carer Information Bulletin March 2012

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


Counting the Costs 2012 - survey about the finances of families with disabled children

Contact a Family is calling on parents and other family members caring for a disabled child to take part in research about the financial situation for families with disabled children in 2012.

Counting the Costs 2012 is a repeat of a survey and report they carried out in 2008 and 2010.  Your collective responses will give a snapshot of families' current financial situation and whether it has improved or worsened over the last four years.

The findings and report will help Contact a Family to raise awareness and lobby for change particularly around some of the detail that is yet to be finalised in the welfare reforms.  Please help to build that picture by completing the survey which should not take more than 15 minutes.  The deadline is Sunday 11th March 2012.

Click here to take part in the survey


Sharon Hodgson MP supports Care and Support Alliance Campaign for Social Care Reform

On Friday 24th February Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West met with carers at her constituency office and offered her support to the Care and Support Alliance Campaign for Social Care Reform.

Sharon said “Carers are relied upon to give substantial amounts of care in addition to any support received from social care services, so their views and concerns are crucial in the discussion about its future.

The social care system just couldn’t cope without the support carers offer, and their vital role needs to be recognised and protected so they are not exposed to unsustainable burdens of care which affect their own physical and mental health.

We urgently need a sensible national debate on the future of social care, with all political parties, charities and carers’ groups around the table, to establish a fair system which can stand the test of time and the increasing numbers of people who will need care over the next couple of decades. I know that Sunderland Carers’ Centre are passionate about this, and I intend to ensure that their voice is heard in that debate.”

Click here for more information about the Care and Support Alliance campaign


Care and Support Alliance Campaign for Social Care Reform

Sunderland Carers’ Centre is supporting the national ‘Care and Support Alliance’ campaign urging government to work with all political parties to ensure that the white paper on social care funding due in April 2012 delivers a sustainable and lasting resolution on social care funding.

The Alliance believe the current social care system is in crisis and if existing funding levels are failing to meet a growing demand it will leave families without essential care and support. If the social care system isn’t reformed the responsibility of care could increasingly fall on family carers to fill.

Beth Wayman and Sarann Valentine, Development Workers at Sunderland Carers’ Centre currently support family carers. They know how important a sustainable social care system is so they feel supported and able to carry on in their caring roles. They explain...

“Caring for a family member or friend can be a hugely rewarding experience but carers do rely on services to support them in this caring role. The current government have set out priorities in the Carers Strategy but without a social care service supporting families in a sustainable way these priorities will be difficult to meet, particularly around carers looking after their health or even holding down a job. Increasing reliance on carers will turn more of them from providers to recipients of care or they feel they have to give up work so they can give more care”.

Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West will meet with carers at her constituency office today to discuss the campaign.

Click here to find out more about the Care and Support Alliance campaign.


Sharp logoSurviving Winter

Free advice on getting the best energy deals

Do you want:

  • Advice on possible grants?
  • Reduce your fuel bills
  • Learn practical energy efficiency tips?

Sharp is holding free workshops on Tuesday 21st February, 10am - 12 noon or 1pm - 3pm, at Sharp, 17 Beatrice Terrace, Shiney Row DH4 4QW.

To reserve a place contact (0191) 385 6687.


Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council logoLet's talk about leisure - event for parent carers

Wednesday 22nd February

Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Registration 9.30am, 10am start, 2pm finish (flexible)

The event is free, lunch and refreshments are provided.

Are you a parent carer of a child or young person with disabilities and / or special or additional needs?

Then join the Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent and Carer Council for the day and find out what leisure activities are available, what activities are missing, and how best to share that information.  The Families Information Service will be in attendance, along with various providers of activities and services.

To book a place email or click here for a booking form.


Transport Consultation

Thursday 1st March
at 1pm
Sunderland Carers’ Centre
12 Toward Road

James Third, Community Relations Officer from Nexus, is coming to Sunderland Carers’ Centre to talk to carers about their experiences, comments and issues regarding the current bus services in Tyne and Wear.

If you would like to attend please telephone the Carers’ Centre on (0191) 567 3232 to confirm your place.


Carers Week logoCarers Week Survey 2012

The national Carers Week survey is now open.  The theme is “In sickness and in health”.

The aim of the survey is to find out from carers:

• How does caring impact on your health and wellbeing?
• How much have the cuts to local services impacted on your health and wellbeing?
• What could really make a difference to your life as a carer?

Click here to take part in the survey

The findings will be published during Carers Week (18 – 24 June).



Sunderland Carers Group Meeting on Friday 3rd February

Please note the meeting of the Sunderland Carers Group on Friday 3rd February at Pallion Action Group has been cancelled.

This is because there will be no electricity at the Pallion Action Group premises.

Sorry for any inconvenience.  If you usually attend the group and need information, advice or support please contact Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 567 3232.