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News Archive July 2014

Changes for Families with Children who have Special Educational Needs

From 1st September 2014 there will be changes to the way children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) are supported. The changes are introduced in a new law called the Children and Families Act 2014.

As part of the reforms each local authority will have independent support workers to work with families to support them through the process of either a transfer from a statement to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or starting a new EHC plan.

Sunderland Carers' Centre are delighted to announce that we are going to be delivering the contract for Independent Support to families in the Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields area.

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National Techy Tea Party Day - Tuesday 9th September

Are you a carer and have a mobile phone, ipad, tablet or other piece of technology but are perhaps unsure about how to make the best use of it? Or do you want to know more about Skype or about what else the internet has to offer?

Tuesday 9th September is EE National Techy Tea Party Day. Across the country EE stores and offices will be holding Techy Tea Parties where you can find out more about the internet and discover a new world at your fingertips over some tea and biscuits.

In Sunderland there will be two sessions at EE's offices, 6 Camberwell Way, Doxford Park, Sunderland SR3 3XN (10.15am - 12 noon and 2pm - 4pm). You'll be able to spend around an hour with an EE digital champion who will answer your questions and help you build confidence in using technology. You are invited to bring any of your own mobiles, laptops, tablets or equipment you'd like to learn more about. The champions will also have kit available to show you.

A member of staff from the Carers' Centre attended the last Techy Tea Party in July and found the EE digital champions were friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was very informal and relaxed. Delicious cake too!

To book a place please contact Lisa Hall at the Carers' Centre as soon as possible on 549 3768 or email


Disability Swim Session - Saturday 26th July

There is an exclusive use disability swim session on Saturday 26th July, 3.45pm - 4.45pm, at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre for disabled children and their families.

The cost is £2.20 per person or family ticket £5.25 (maximum 2 adults and 2 young people).

For more details contact their reception on (0191) 561 5900.


Sunderland Carers' Centre Newsletter July 2014

The July edition of the Sunderland Carers' Centre Newsletter is now available.

This edition includes articles on:

  • Caring for Carers Awards
  • Carers Have Talent
  • Satisfaction Survey
  • Caring with Confidence
  • Zip Wire

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Staff Training - Centre Closure

Sunderland Carers' Centre will be closed tomorrow, Friday 18th July 2014, due to staff training.


Summer Streets Festival, Saturday 19th July, Thompson Park

Come along to the Summer Streets Music Festival this Saturday in Thompson Park, Southwick, from 2pm to 6pm. Entry is free and there will be music, activities and fun for all the family.

No matter what your musical tastes there will be something for everyone - rock n roll, folk, rhythm and blues, big band, samba, hip hop, opera, doo-wop, bluegrass and much much more!  There will also be a street procession from 1.30pm.

If you are coming along be sure to visit the Carers' Centre garden where some of the festival music and activities will be taking place including music sessions for kids. You will be able to access the garden via the park. We look forward to seeing you there!


Open Door Session on Friday 18th July

Please note that the session on Friday 18th July at the Carers' Centre has been cancelled. The Carers' Centre will be closed all day for staff training.


New Caring with Confidence Sessions

Caring with Confidence logoOur new sessions of Caring with Confidence start on Monday 13th October, 11am - 2pm, at Houghton Primary Care Centre. The sessions are free with lunch provided and are suitable for all carers.

We also have new sessions about 'Understanding Dementia' for carers looking after a friend or relative with dementia. The sessions start on Wednesday 10th September, 11am - 2pm, at Washington Primary Care Centre and are free with lunch provided.

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To book a place phone the Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768 or email

Carer, Jeff Pounder who attended the last sessions said "I would certainly recommend the Caring with Confidence course. It is helpful to meet other carers. Although we care for people with different conditions we all have common ground. We exchange information, views and ideas. You feel comforted knowing that people are there to listen."


Total raised by fundraising zippers revealed

Fundraising volunteers prepare to zip from Monkwearmouth Bridge.We are delighted to announce that an overwhelming £3,880 was raised by our amazing and brave volunteers who zipped from Monkwearmouth Bridge on Saturday 3rd May.

The team of 24 volunteers were made up of staff members, carers, friends and supporters.

Staff from Barclays also took part and the money they raised was match-funded by Barclays.

Well done and thank you to all the zippers and to everyone who sponsored them to take part.


Satisfaction Survey

Sunderland Carers' Centre conducts an annual Satisfaction Survey in order to continually improve the service we provide to carers throughout Sunderland.  This year 226 carers completed the survey and the results have been collated into a report.

The feedback received this year was largely positive and we would like to thank all the carers who took the time to complete and return the servey.  Overall 93% of carers felt that the services provided by Sunderland Carers' Centre were excellent or good.

The survey will help us further develop services in the coming year to best meet the needs of carers in Sunderland.

We will report on any progress made as a result of cahnges following the survey via the newsletter, facebook, twitter and our website.

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Staff Training - Centre Closure

Sunderland Carers' Centre will be closed on Friday 18th July 2014 due to staff training.


Staff Training - Centre Closure

Sunderland Carers' Centre will be closed from 9am - 3.30pm on Friday 18th July 2014 due to staff training.  Any messages will be picked up after 3.30pm.


Parent Carer Information Bulletin July 2014

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

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