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News Archive February 2016

Post 16 SEND Transport Consultation

Sunderland City Council invites parent carers to complete a survey about post 16 SEND home to school / college / further education transport.

Click here to take part

The consultation closes Wednesday 2nd March.


Youth Offer Survey

Help shape activities for young people in Sunderland

There are 36,662 young people aged between 8 - 19 years across the city. Sunderland City Council is looking at what is available to young people and wants to hear from as many people as possible so they can help shape and facilitate what is available in the future.

They are wanting to hear from:

* children and young people
* parents and carers
* residents of Sunderland (without childcare responsibilities)
* workers from voluntary / community organisations and schools

Click here to take part in a short survey

Closing date: 31st March 2016


Washington Carers' Group - change of venue

Washington Carers’ Group are unfortunately unable to continue to meet at Sainsbury’s Washington. The group will now meet at the Gentoo Community Building, Brancepeth Road in Oxclose. If you require any directions or further information about the group please contact Helen McAdam, Carer Locality Lead on 0191 549 3768.

The group meets the first Tuesday of every month, 1.30pm - 3pm. The next meeting is on Tuesday 1st March.


Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust - Carer Governor Vacancies

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust has current vacancies for Carer Governors for its Board of Governors.

Deadline for receipt of nominations is Tuesday 16th February 2016.

Click here for more details


National Hate Crime Awareness Week 8 - 14 February 2016

Safe Reporting Centre logoCrimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported to the police.

Sunderland also has a number of Safe Reporting Centres where you can report incidents and access help and information in a supportive environment.

Look for this logo.

Sunderland Carers' Centre is a Safe Reporting Centre.



Washington Carers Group

Our Washington Carers Group tomorrow will meet 1.30pm until 3pm in the cafe at Sainsbury's Washington as unfortunately we are unable to access the community room.

If you require further information please contact the Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.


Young Carers Consultation - Families

Sunderland Carers' Centre is currently reviewing how young carers are being supported within the City of Sunderland. It is important this is done to ensure that as a centre we keep adapting to political and economic changes, also to ensure that we and the local authority are meeting the needs of young carers within the city.

It is really important that we reach as many young carers and their families as possible to get their ideas, opinions and views on what the future service for young carers should look like. We need to know what areas of support work and what areas need improvement. This is not just about the Carers' Centre - it includes other professional bodies such as education, health and housing. It is a great opportunity to influence the direction and shape of the future support systems for young carers and their families.

Families who participate in the consultation will be entered into a draw to win a family cinema ticket for a film of your choice. Please ensure you give us your name and phone number.

Click here to complete the families questionnaire

Young Carers Consultation - Professionals

We would also like to gather feedback from professionals who work with young carers and their families.

Click here to complete the professionals questionnaire

The closing date for responses is Friday 12th February 2016.


Has the Care Act made a difference one year on?

Care Act One Year On logoCarers Trust has launched a review of the Care Act to look at what difference the act has made to unpaid carers one year on.

The new Care Act, which came into force on 1 April 2015, gave carers rights on a par with the people they care for, which includes an entitlement to an assessment of their own needs.

The call for evidence opens today and will run for seven weeks until 18 March 2016.

They want to hear from:

  • Carers, especially anyone who has received a carer's assessment or support as a carer from their local authority since 1 April 2015
  • Local and national organisations which provide support for unpaid carers
  • Local authority and NHS carers leads and commissioners
  • Health and care professionals who support carers

To take part in the survey click here


Age UK Sunderland Candlelight Vigil: Cold Homes Week

Age UK Sunderland are holding a special event during Cold Homes Week, 1st – 5th February 2016. They will be staging a candlelight vigil in memory of the older people who died from the cold in Sunderland over the last 10 years and they would like you to take part.

Every winter in England and Wales one older person dies every seven minutes from the cold. Many of these deaths could be prevented if all homes were warm homes.

Age UK nationally has calculated that in the last 60 years there have been 2.5 million avoidable deaths among older people in England and Wales due to winter cold. Cold weather causes a massive spike in associated health problems such as heart attacks and strokes and there is a strong relationship between poor insulation and inadequate heating of houses, low indoor temperatures and excess winter deaths among older people.

Cold Homes Week is a week of action on fuel poverty and excess winter deaths, organised by the national charity Age UK and Age UK Sunderland is organising this event to highlight their work in Sunderland to assist people in staying warm and well as well as to highlight the need for more action to prevent excess winter deaths.

Their vigil is at 3:30pm on Friday 5th February 2016, at the Bradbury Centre. If you would like to attend please reply to to book.