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News Archive February 2013

Parent Carer Information Bulletin March 2013

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

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Sunderland Carers' Centre's March 2013 Newsletter

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

This edition includes articles on:

  • Caring for Carers Awards 2013
  • Are you feeling the financial strain?
  • Open Day raises £450
  • Census reveals rise in carers
  • Caring with Confidence gets new look

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Please sponsor the Sunderland Carers' Centre Zip Wire Team!

Sunderland Carers' Centre has entered a team comprised of 3 staff members and 2 young carers to take part in a sponsored Zip Wire across the River Wear on Sunday 28th April.

The team of brave volunteers are to conquer their fear of speed and heights all in a good cause... to raise funds for the Carers' Centre.  We would like to raise as much money as possible.

If you would like to sponsor the team please:

  • call into the Carers' Centre or
  • send your donation by cheque (made payable to Sunderland Carers' Centre) to:

'Zip Wire'

Sunderland Carers' Centre

Thompson Park

Thompson Road



Please do not send cash in the post.


Carers UK Survey - The State of Caring 2013

How has caring affected your life?

Has being a carer left you out of pocket?

What about your health, your job and the relationships with your family?

Carers UK is conducting a major new piece of research into the impact that caring for ill, frail or disabled relatives can have on carers' finances, health and ability to live their own lives.

To take part click here


Sunderland Caring for Carers Awards 2013

The Co-operative Membership logoSponsored 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 2013.

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

The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 8th May.

Click here for more information


Parliament wants to hear carers' views on social care reforms

Carers have the opportunity to give their views and experiences to a Parliamentary Committee on the draft Care and Support Bill.

The Committee would like to hear your experiences as a carer and what impact you think the Government's proposed legislation might have on your own situation, either positive or negative.

Click here for more information and to find out how to take part


Come along to the Carers’ Coffee Morning

Sunderland Carers’ Centre will be holding a Carers’ Coffee Morning at the Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF, on Monday 18th February, 10.30am – 12 noon.

It does not matter who you care for – all carers are welcome. This is a chance for you to chat with other carers over a cup of coffee or tea.

A member of staff will be there to organise refreshments and give any specific advice if necessary.

No need to book, just turn up.

For those carers who find day-time meetings difficult to get to or those who would just like to meet up with other carers on an evening, we are also holding a Carers’ Evening Get-Together at the Carers’ Centre on Thursday 7th March, 6.30pm - 8pm.


Sunderland Carers fear the costs of caring

Carers in Sunderland are growing increasingly worried about the costs of looking after a family member who becomes frail, ill or disabled.

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Caring with Confidence - new dates announced

Caring with Confidence logoSunderland Carers' Centre is pleased to announce the dates of the next round of Caring with Confidence.

This time the sessions will take place at 'The Place', Athenaeum Street, Sunderland SR1 1QX.

Carers are welcome to attend one of the introduction sessions, either on Friday 12th April or Friday 19th April, 11am - 2pm. They can then decide which of the other six sessions they would like to do.

To book a place on one of the introduction sessions or for more information about Caring with Confidence please contact:

Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768 or email

Click here for more information about Caring with Confidence


Help raise funds for the Mayor's Charities - Sunderland Carers' Centre and St Benedict's Hospice

Each year the Mayor raises funds for local good causes.

This year Sunderland Carers' Centre are delighted to be, along with St Benedict's Hospice, one of the Mayor's chosen charities.

As part of the fundraising programme, the Mayor, Councillor Iain Kay and the Mayoress, Councillor Barbara McClellan would like to invite you to the following fundraising events:

Mayor's Charity Valentines Night

Friday 15th February, 7.30pm

Usworth & District Workingmen's Club,

Manor Road, Washington NE37 3BD

Theme - Benidorm

Live music, bingo, disco, pie, peas and roast potato supper

Tickets: £4 per person

Mayor's Charity Fundraising Concert

Saturday 16th March, 7.15pm

St Joseph's Church, Paxton Terrace, Sunderland SR4 6HP

With the Shiney Row Male Voice Choir and the St Joseph's Church Filipino Singers

Tickets: £5 per person

Mayor's Annual Civic Charity Ball

Friday 26th April, 7pm

Stadium of Light

Gold package: £50 per person

Platinum package: £75 per person

Diamond package: £100 per person

Click here for more information about all the events and how to get tickets


Disabled Children's Taster Sessions

Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre

Wednesday 20th February

9am - 12 noon

Taster sessions for all families of disabled children.  Due to the success of a previous event, Sunderland City Council are pleased to invite you to come along and try various activities including:

  • Sensory Room, 10am - 12 noon - exclusive use
  • Soft Play, 10am - 12 noon - exclusive use
  • Short Tennis, 9am - 12 noon - exclusive use
  • Swimming Fun and Floats Session, 10am - 12 noon - exclusive use between 10am - 11am and then a general swim session between 11am - 12 noon

Cost - £2.70 per child (free entry for carer)

For further information call (0191) 561 5901 or call into the centre and ask at main reception