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News Archive October 2012

Carers Rights Day 2012 - 'Time well earned' Photography Exhibition

Ashley Sutherland, Friend of Tunstall Hill CommitteeCaring means something different to everyone, but one thing that carers probably agree on is they cannot keep going on without taking a break.

To celebrate Carers Rights Day 2012 Sunderland Carers' Centre would like to invite carers to the private view of a new photography exhibition called 'Time well earned' featuring photographs by Daniel Dale.

Daniel's photographs will give a fascinating insight to some of the hobbies and interests carers in Sunderland enjoy when they take those much needed breaks.

One of the carers featured in the exhibition is Ashley Sutherland, Friend of Tunstall Hill Committee (pictured above).

The private view will take place on Carers Rights Day, Friday 30th November at 'The Place', Athenaeum Street, Sunderland SR1 1DF, between 12 noon and 3pm.

To attend the private view please book your place by contacting Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768 by Wednesday 28th November and just drop in at the event any time between 12 noon and 3pm.

For those who are unable to attend the private view you can still drop-in and see the photographs. The exhibition will be open to the public from Monday 3rd December until Friday 14th December. The gallery is open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and to 3.30pm on Friday. Entry is free.

Carers can also pick up information about the 'Carers Breaks and Opportunities Scheme' at the exhibition.  If you don't currently take time out from your caring role the scheme could be just the thing to get you started!

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


World COPD Day - 14th November 2012

What is COPD?

Chronic (long term)

Obstructive (blocking of the airways)

Pulmonary (disease of the lungs)


As part of World COPD Day 2012 there will be an event for patients with COPD and their carers on Wednesday 14th November, 2pm - 5pm, at the Raich Carter Sports Centre, Commercial Road, Hendon, Sunderland SR2 8PD.

At the event you can:

  • find out about the new Breathe Well, Live Well programme for patients with COPD in Sunderland
  • watch a demonstration of the exercises
  • meet the teams and patients from the Breathe Easy Sunderland Group
  • and lots more

Sunderland Carers' Centre will also be there to give information and advice to carers.

To book your place or for more information please ring Vivienne Gray at Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust on (0191) 529 7235.


Christmas Open Day and Fundraiser

Why not join us at Sunderland Carers' Centre and kick start your festive season at our Christmas Open Day and Fundraiser taking place on Friday 7th December, from 10am - 2pm.

The Christmas elves have been busy again, weaving their crafting and baking magic to tempt us to bag a Christmas bargain or two!

The Carers' Centre will be filled with music, good cheer and some nifty footwork from our very own group of Irish dancers!

Feel free to drop in, enjoy a cuppa and soak up the festive atmosphere.  No need to book, just turn up on the day.


Creative Writing Group for Carers

Would you like to try something new in 2013?  Sunderland Carers' Centre is hoping to develop a Creative Writing group for carers.

Creative and expressive writing can be therapeutic and can help reduce stress levels, build confidence and help you 'find your voice and tell your story'.  Putting it simply - writing can help us feel better.

Previous experience of creative writing is not necessary and the sessions will be suitable for all literacy levels, so don't be put off if you feel you are not good at spelling or writing!

If you are interested and would like to know more please contact Vera Maw at Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.

Should enough interest be raised we will arrange a suitable date and time of the first session in the New Year.


Dementia Carers - Your story matters!

Sunderland Carers' Centre is working in partnership with the Tyne and Wear Care Alliance and the 'Life Story Network' to offer carers of people with dementia an exciting opportunity.

The 'Life Story' project has been shown to make a valuable difference for individuals with dementia and their carers. The 'Life Story' project builds up a picture and a set of values and beliefs around the person with dementia by recognising their own stories and histories.

Carers are vital to the process as they know the person better than anyone else and it is this expertise that helps to record the information. The experience will not only help carers but it can be shared with paid care workers so the beliefs and values of the person needing care remain at the centre of any care plan.

If you are a carer and want to know more about 'Life Story' or want to sign up for the session on Friday 16th November, 10.30am - 3.30pm (at The Place, Athenaeum Street, Sunderland SR1 1DF) please contact Kevin at the Carers' Centre or email

Funds to help with transport and alternative care are available to help carers take part.


Sunderland Carers' Centre's November 2012 Newsletter

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

This edition includes articles on:

  • Carers Rights Day 2012 - 'Time well earned'
  • A Thank You from Ailsa
  • Christmas Closing Dates
  • Dementia Carers - Your story matters
  • Writing for Health
  • Christmas Open Day and Fundraiser

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Carers' Groups Winter 2012 - 2013 Programme

Sunderland Carers' Centre runs a number of carers' groups where carers can meet other carers in a similar situation.

Click here to view the latest Carers' Groups Programme


Parent Carer Information Bulletin November 2012

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

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Sunderland Carers' Centre Annual General Meeting 2012

The Mayoress of Sunderland, Councillor Barbara McClellan, chats to carers over lunch at the AGM.The Annual General Meeting of Sunderland Carers' Centre took place on Tuesday 23rd October at the Stadium of Light and was attended by 137 carers and friends from other agencies.

The Chairperson of Sunderland Carers' Centre, The Venerable Stuart Bain, opened the meeting and welcomed members, carers, colleagues with whom we work, staff and volunteers.

Following the business part of the meeting, there was an address by the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Iain Kaye, and a presentation about the new Carers' Centre premises by architect, Ged McCormack.

The meeting ended with the drawing of raffle prizes.

Click here to read the Annual Report April 2011 - March 2012

Footage from the event will be added to the website shortly.


AGM Blanket Raffle raises £190

The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland with Susan White who knitted the blanket and the raffle winner Barbara Blyth.Our former volunteer receptionist, Susan White, created a beautiful hand-knitted blanket and kindly donated it to the Carers' Centre to raise funds.

A raffle took place at the Sunderland Carers' Centre Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 23rd October and a fantastic £190 was raised on the day.

We would like to thank Susan for the huge commitment she has shown to complete the blanket and for being so generous in donating it to us.

Thank you also to everyone who bought raffle tickets at the AGM. The money raised will go towards the work of the Carers' Centre.

Pictured above, from left to right, are The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Iain Kaye, Susan White, Barbara Blyth (the winner of the blanket) and The Mayoress of Sunderland, Councillor Barbara McClellan.


Disabled Children Consultation Event (including a FREE two hour taster session)

Following on from the Leisure event at the Stadium of Light earlier in the year and further discussion at the last Sunderland, Washington & Coalfields Parent Carer Council meeting, City of Sunderland Leisure Services are offering the following FREE taster sessions at Silksworth Community Wellness Centre.

These sessions are aimed at all children in Sunderland who have a disability, special education need or long term illness (from birth to 18 years old) and their families. If your child is 18 to 25, still please feel free to pop along. No need to book – just turn up on the day.

They also want to hear from you and your family about what you enjoy and what would benefit you all!

Day / Date: Wednesday 31st October 2012
Time: 9am to 12 noon
Venue: Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis & Wellness Centre

Activities include:

1. Sensory Room (10am to 12 noon) - EXCLUSIVE USE
2. Soft Play (10am to 12 noon) - EXCLUSIVE USE
3. Table Tennis (9am to 12 noon) - EXCLUSIVE USE
4. Swimming Fun & Floats Session (10am to 12 noon) - EXCLUSIVE USE between 10am - 11am and within general swim session between 11am – 12 noon


Updating your Concessionary Travel Pass

If you are over 60 and have a Concessionary Travel Pass that expires on 31 March 2013, and you have changed your details (e.g. your address or name) since you applied for it or last told Nexus of any changes, you need to let Nexus know by 1 November 2012.

You can let Nexus know that your details have changed by:

• calling the Customer Services team on (0191) 20 20 747 (you'll probably get through to the team more quickly if you call after 6pm).

• visiting a Nexus TravelShop.

• emailing: Please put 'Update CT Pass details' in the subject line.

• writing to: Update CT Pass details, Customer Services, Nexus, Nexus House, St James' Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4AX

Please note the Disabled Concessionary Travel Pass is not affected by above.

Click here for more information


Cancellation of the Coalfields Carers Group Outing to Heighly Gate Garden Centre

The Coalfields Carers Group outing to Heighly Gate Garden Centre on Wednesday 10th October has unfortunately been cancelled.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


Parent Carer Information Bulletin October 2012

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

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