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News Archive January 2012

Autism Focus Group

The next Autism Focus Group meeting will take place on:

Thursday 2nd February

11am - 12.30pm

Sunderland Carers' Centre, 12 Toward Road, Sunderland SR1 2QF

Click here to view the agenda

If you would like to attend please contact the Carers' Centre on (0191) 567 3232 so we know how many people will be attending.

If you cannot attend but would like to raise a point about any matter on the agenda or anything else you feel is relevant please email or ring (0191) 567 3232 and leave a message for Eibhlin, Helen, Lisa W. or Wendy.

For more information about the Autism Focus Group please contact the Carers' Centre.


Parent Carer Information Bulletin February 2012

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


'Understanding Dementia'

New training sessions for carers of people with dementia

For the first time Sunderland Carers' Centre will be offering training sessions to carers who look after someone with dementia.

There are five free sessions in total - starting Monday 20th February.

The final session is particularly aimed at extended family and friends who may not be the main person providing care but still be involved in supporting the person with dementia and / or the main person providing care.

All sessions take place at 'The Place', Athenaeum Street, Sunderland SR1 1QX from 11am - 2pm.

To book a place please contact Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 567 3232 or email

Click here for more information about the sessions


Have your say on Sunderland's Multi-agency Carers' Strategy

Carers in Sunderland are being asked to get involved in creating a new Carers' Strategy for the city.

A new national strategy for carers called "Recognised, valued and supported: Next steps for carers" was published at the end of 2010.  Sunderland is creating a local version so that carers know what to expect in the city, how services will be delivered and when.

Carers are invited to contribute their ideas on what is good at present, what else is needed and how it could be delivered most effectively.

Sunderland City Council also wants to hear from professionals and practitioners who provide services to carers and the people they care for, as well as others who have an interest in the carers' agenda, for example who may be a friend or relative of a carer, or may have previously been a carer themselves.

Click here for information about how to take part

The consultation ends on Friday 30th March 2012.

Sunderland Carers' Centre would like to encourage as many carers as possible to take this opportunity to have their say so that services really can try to meet the needs of carers.


New on-line training resources for professionals and students

If you are a professional or student you may find it difficult or may not have enough time to attend formal training sessions about carers.

Sunderland Carers' Centre has been involved in developing other training resources so the training can be accessed on-line and in bite-sized segments to suit you.  Thye are a great way to see and hear from real carers talking about their own real experiences.

Currently available on the website are the following resources:

  • Carer Awareness Training
  • Carers' Perspectives on Assessment and Personalisation Publication

Click here to view the training resources


Caring with Confidence logoCaring with Confidence - new session dates announced

The next round of Caring with Confidence will start again in February 2012.

This time the sessions will be at 'The Place', Athenaeum Street in Sunderland Carers' Centre.

Carers are welcome to attend one of the introduction sessions, either on Monday 20th February or Monday 27th February.  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) 5673232 or email

Click here for more information about Caring with Confidence