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News Archive March 2012

Northumbria Police consultation on Disability Hate Crime

Northumbria Police are carrying out a consultation on Disability Hate Crime and would like as much feedback as possible.

The consultation runs until Wednesday 4th April.

Click here to take part in the survey


Parent Carer Information Bulletin April 2012

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


Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council logoParent Carer Information Day

Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council are organising a Parent Carer Information Day on Thursday 19th April, 10am – 1.30pm, at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

The information stands will include Brainbox, Cerebra, Useful Vision, Scope, Contact a Family, HOPS amongst others. There will also be various workshops throughout the event (by the organisations sharing information).

More details will be released shortly and published on Facebook and the website This is a free event and refreshments will also be available. If you wish to be kept informed via email, please send you details to


Caring with Confidence logoCaring with Confidence - new session dates announced

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

This time the sessions will take place at Washington Primary Care Centre.

Carers are welcome to attend the introduction session on Thursday 17th May.  They can then decide which of the other six sessions they would like to do.

To book a place or for more information about Caring with Confidence please contact Sunderland Carers' Centre on

(0191) 567 3232 or email

Click here for more information about Caring with Confidence


Consultation into services for adults and young people with Autism

Sunderland City Council wishes to consult with carers of people with Autism about service provision, gaps in service and suggestions for best practice so that the needs of people with Autism and their carers can be planned for the future.

If you are interested in giving your views there will be a consultation meeting from 11.30am - 1pm on Tuesday 17th April at the Civic Centre (Committee Room 6).

If you would like to attend please contact Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 567 3232 for further details.


Consultation about Safeguarding Adults

The processes for Safeguarding Adults are under review at present and to help inform the new arrangements Sunderland City Council would like to consult with carers about their understanding of the current processes, obstacles to alerting authorities about safeguarding issues and ways that the process can be improved.

The views of all carers are welcome. You do not have to have had any experience of safeguarding.  We at the Carers’ Centre do feel however that it is very important that carers’ perspectives are put forward.

If you would like to give your views there will be a meeting held at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, 12 Toward Road, Sunderland SR1 2QF, from 1pm - 2.30pm on Wednesday 4th April.  Please contact the Carers’ Centre on

(0191) 567 3232 to confirm your attendance.


New website launched to help people with autism find a job

A new website has been launched to signpost people with autism in Sunderland to the range of local services available to help them find a job.

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It is often referred to as “the hidden disability” because, unlike many other conditions, it is not always readily apparent.

It is estimated that only 15% of adults with autism have full-time paid employment. However, most are willing and able to work and, in many cases, have particular strengths that are advantageous to an employer, such as accuracy, a good eye for detail, reliability and meticulous application of routine tasks.

The website has been launched by Sunderland City Council and its partners in order to make it easier for people with an autism condition looking for a job to find out what support is available to them.

A spokesperson for Sunderland Council said “There is a wide range of support available to people with autism in Sunderland who want to get a job. The website will, hopefully, make it easier for those people to access that support”.

It is envisaged that the new website will also be used by local employers and give them an understanding of the employment potential of people with autism and ways in which they can help someone with the condition become a valued member of their organisation.

Although people with autism often need some level of support in the workplace, much of this can be very straightforward and easy to provide. Once settled in, people with autism often become highly valued staff members.

Click here to visit the website


Relax and let "HOPS" care for you

Do you spend a lot of time looking after other people?  Here's a chance for you to be looked after for a change.

HOPS: Healing Opportunities is offering free taster treatments on Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th March between 1pm - 4pm. (Donations would be welcome)

HOPS is an oasis of peace in a busy, noisy world where you can enjoy some quality time for yourself.  Choose from Massage, Aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Reiki/Healing, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage.  If you've never tried complementary health care before, now is your chance to try.

All HOPS staff are highly experienced and professional.  To book your session, just ring 07714 373521 or (0191) 548 3722 or call in to HOPS, 30 Roker Park Road, Sunderland SR6 9PG (corner of North Grove).  The office is normally open Tuesday - Thursday, 10am - 3pm.

Click here for information about the charity or email


Sunderland Carers' Centre takes part in sponsored 24-hour Swimathon

A team of six staff members from Sunderland Carers' Centre will take part in the Sunderland in 2012 '24-hour Swimathon' to raise funds in aid of the Carers' Centre.

The team will swim in a relay of 25m lengths for one hour at the event, which takes place at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre from 12 noon on Friday 23rd March until 12 noon on Saturday 24th March.

The event is part of the Sunderland in 2012 programme, designed to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

If you would like to sponsor the team please contact Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 567 3232.


Sunderland Carers' Management Board

The Carers’ Management Board is comprised of carers whose family members live in 16 small group homes across Sunderland.  These homes used to be run by Northumberland Tyne and Wear Mental Health Trust (NTW) but are currently run by Care Support Sunderland Ltd.

The Carers’ Management Board acts as a scrutiny committee to bring areas of concern or of good practice within the homes of their family members to the attention of the Local Authority.

The Board was set up in July 2011 and is comprised of carers of the residents in the homes.  Each Board member has a responsibility for overseeing the care in one particular home and acting as a link for other family members who may not be able to attend meetings or serve on the Board.

Sunderland Carers’ Centre acts as a ‘post box’ and message passing facility to enable any family member who has a relative in one of the homes to contact the appropriate Board member.

Click here for more information


Carewell: Energy to Care

The theme for this year's Carers Week is 'In sickness and in health'.

Together with the help of carers, Carers UK and BUPA have developed 'Carewell: energy to care' - a free resource website which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of carers.

Carewell brings together personal tips from carers as well as expert advice on stress, sleep, eating well and moving more.

Click here to visit the website


Malnutrition and caring: the hidden cost for carers

Carers UK and Nutricia have launched a new research report 'Malnutrition and caring: the hidden cost for carers'.

The findings in the report show that without the right advice and support, families managing the health conditions of older and disabled loved ones end up struggling to cope with the serious consequences of malnutrition: further deterioration in their health and guilt and constant worry for carers.  Yet malnutrition is largely preventable and treatable.

Helena Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK said "On top of coping with the daily stresses of caring for ill or disabled loved ones, food and nutrition can be a huge source of frustration and worry for families.  Families need support, expert advice and information and training around nutrition to give them confidence as they care and peace of mind.  The research showed that good advice made all the difference to carers and improved everyone's quality of life."

As part of the Care with Nutrition campaign, Carers UK and Nutricia have set up a resource website for carers to easily access information on good nutrition.

Click here to read the report and to visit the website