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News Archive May 2012

Parent Carer Information Bulletin June 2012

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


Change to Coalfield Carers' Group Programme

There has been a change to the Coalfield Carers' Group Programme for the meeting on Wednesday 13th June.

The group was to have an outing to Whitworth Hall but we have had to cancel this as the majority of the venue will be closed for refurbishment.

The group will now meet for lunch at 12 noon at Sainsbury's Restaurant in The Galleries, Washington then at 1pm go bowling at AMF Bowling, The Galleries.

Carers must pay for their own lunch and the bowling is £2.50 per person per game.

For more information please contact Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.


Parent Carer Information Bulletin May 2012

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


Memory Event - health, well-being, dementia awareness

There is a free Memory Event at the Bethany Centre in Houghton on Thursday 24th May from 1pm onwards.

The event will provide information on how to keep the mind healthy and active and will also focus on dementia awareness. The aim of the event is to raise awareness, give advice and support whilst having fun.

Action on Dementia and Sunderland Carers' Centre will be there to offer support to carers and those worried about dementia and give them information and advice. Telecare will be demonstrating their aids to ensure people are kept safe in their own homes. Living History North East will be re-living the past and giving people the chance to have their old photographs recorded in history. NHS South of Tyne and Wear will give tips on healthy eating and B Active N B Fit will demonstrate keep fit tips for the over 50s - including mobility friendly techniques. Age UK will have information on their clubs and services.

Everyone is welcome to come along. Contact Gemma Carrick at Gentoo on (0191) 525 5000 for more information.


The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Norma Wright officially opens Sunderland Carers' CentreThe Mayor and Mayoress officially open Sunderland Carers' Centre's new premises

Sunderland Carers' Centre's new premises at Thompson Park were officially opened by The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Norma Wright and the Mayoress, Mrs Valerie Sibley.

The Mayor said "Caring for someone isn't easy and the role carers take on often goes unrecognised. Carers need access to the right information and support to help them in their caring roles, after all, without their support the health and social care services would collapse.

These new premises are a truly fantastic resource and will provide a friendly and welcoming place so carers can get this vital information, support and a listening ear for many years to come.

I hope the new premises encourage more carers to get involved in the centre and all that it has to offer.

It gives me particular pleasure to officially open these new premises and welcome Sunderland Carers' Centre back to Southwick in time before my mayoral year of office is complete."

Ailsa Martin, the centre manager said "We are delighted with the new premises at Thompson Park but we have so many people to thank for making this happen.

The Council have been extremely generous and have given us a long term lease on the building for a peppercorn rent.

We then had to raise substantial funds to carry out the refurbishments. Sunderland North Area Committee and Gentoo North Customer Panel have both made grants so we could make a welcoming public area where carers can drop in and browse for information.

The Southwick councillors and the Friends of Thompson Park have also been incredibly supportive in making the move a reality.

Carers and volunteers were at the forefront of fundraising activities and now the hard work has paid off and they can really start to enjoy the new building.

Denise Robertson was also a great source of guidance on where and how to get funding."


Sunderland Carers' Centre's May 2012 Newsletter

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

This edition includes articles on:

  • Sunderland Carers' Centre's new premises
  • The launch of Carers Trust
  • Carers Week Trip
  • Caring with Confidence in Washington
  • Carers and GPs

Click here to view


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