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News Archive October 2013

NHS Commitment for Carers Survey

NHS England wants "to ensure the NHS becomes dramatically better at involving patients and their carers, and empowering them to manage and make decisions about their own care and treatment."

To help achieve this, NHS England and NHS Improving Quality are working to develop a series of 'commitments for action' that NHS England will take forward.

The first step is to find out about carers' needs and aspirations from the NHS.

Click here to take part in the survey


Sunderland Carers' Centre Newsletter November 2013

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

This edition includes articles on:

  • Carers' Centre celebrates volunteers
  • Primary care approach to carers
  • Carers Rights Day 2013
  • Christmas Closing Dates
  • Counselling for Carers

Click here to view


Parent Carer Information Bulletin November 2013

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

Click here to view


Are you worried about the status of the social care system in England?

The Care Bill is currently progressing through Parliament and Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, would like to hear carers' views at a listening event on:

Friday 8th November


at Age UK, Bradbury Centre, Stockton Road, Sunderland SR2 7AQ

If you would like your views heard please attend the event or share your comments with us if you are unable to attend.

Click here for more information


Are there gaps in carer support?

We really want to help carers get all the support they need in their caring role.  While we as a Carers' Centre try to give the best service we can, support and services also need to come from other agencies in the city such as health and social care.

Help us identify what is working well for carers and where the gaps in service are that make a big difference to you and make your role harder.

Please click here to find out how you can help us


Disability Specific Swim Session - Saturday 26th October

Sunderland City Council logoThe next disability specific swim session for disabled children and their families is on Saturday 26th October, 4pm - 5pm, at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre.

The cost is £2.10 per person or £5 for a family ticket (maximum 2 adults and 2 young people).

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


Houghton Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next Parent Carer Coffee Morning in Houghton for parent carers (of disabled children under 18) is on Monday 21st October, 10am - 12 noon, at Houghton Primary Care Centre, Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5HB.

We will also have guest speakers from Contact a Family and Cerebra.

For more information please contact Lisa Watson at the Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.


Carers Coffee Morning - Monday 21st October

The next coffee morning for carers is on Monday 21st October, 10.30am - 12 noon, at Sunderland Carers' Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF.

All carers welcome.  Come along for tea, coffee and a chat.


Sunderland Carers' Centre Annual General Meeting 2013

Young adult carers, Rachael and Becky, at the AGM.The Annual General Meeting of Sunderland Carers' Centre took place today at the Stadium of Light and was attended by 130 carers and friends from other agencies who were welcomed by the Centre's Chairperson, The Venerable Stuart Bain.

Following the business part of the meeting, there was a keynote speech by Graham Burt, Chief Executive Officer of Sunderland Carers' Centre, and a lively presentation by young adult carers, Rachael Chapman and Becky Slater (pictured above), who recounted memories from their trip to Africa this summer.

Click here to read the Annual Report April 2012 - March 2013

Footage from the event and the transcript of Graham's speech will be added to the website shortly.


Carers' Centre Closed for AGM - Friday 11th October

Please note the Carers' Centre will be closed tomorrow, Friday 11th October, from 11am until 3pm, as it is our Annual General Meeting.

We will pick up any messages left on the answer-machine when we return and get back to you as soon as possible.

If you have booked to come along we are looking forward to seeing you there.  Hope you enjoy the afternoon!


Young Carers to benefit from change in legislation

A change in the law, announced today by the government, will help young carers in England.

Click here to find out more

Department for Education - Written ministerial statement


Carers 'Feel Good' on World Mental Health Day

Students from Hylton College at the Feel Good Event.It was wonderful to see so many carers today at our 'Feel Good' Event at the Carers' Centre to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

There were lots of activities to take part in including learning hand massage techniques, pamper sessions (therapies and manicures), Chi Kung and much more.

Pictured are some of the students from Hylton College who provided therapies to carers.

Click here to find out more about the day


Help, I need somebody... putting patients at the centre of care

Carers are invited to attend the City Hospitals Sunderland Patient Experience Symposium on Wednesday 23rd October, 9.30am - 4pm, at the Training and Education Centre, Sunderland Royal Hospital.

There will be guest speakers, discussion sessions, raffles and prizes and food taster sessions.

To book your place please contact Sarah Candlish via email or phone (0191) 5656256 ext 42692.


University of Sunderland - 'Get with the Programme'

The University of Sunderland are developing a Masters in Social Work programme at the University of Sunderland.

They would like carers to tell them their views on what they feel are key things student social workers need to learn and how they can most effectively do this over the 2 year programme. How do you think service users, carers and social work professionals should be part of this?

Tuesday 29th October

10am - 1pm followed by lunch (tea/coffee available from 9.30am)

Room 1, The Gateway Building, University of Sunderland SR1 3SD

Please book your place at this free event by emailing or phone (0191) 515 3706 by 23rd October 2013. The event includes lunch so please let us know of any dietary requirements.


Come along to our Feel Good Event Today

Students from Hylton College at the Feel Good Event.Our 'Feel Good' Event for carers takes place today between 10am and 2pm at the Carers' Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF.

It is part of a week of events to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

Come along and get a free 'Five-a-Day for Health & Happiness' goodie bag.  There will also be lots of free activities including: learning hand massage techniques, garden craft, Chi Kung (gentle meditative exercise), pamper sessions and good mood food information and recipes.

Pictured are students from Hylton College who will be providing manicures and therapies.

Hope to see you there.


Washington Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next Parent Carer Coffee Morning in Washington for parent carers (of disabled children under 18) is on Wednesday 9th October, 10am - 12 noon, at Rainbow Family Centre, 34 Elliott Terrace, Concord, Washington

NE37 3AE.

For more information please contact Lisa Watson at the Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.


World Mental Health Day - Feel Good Event for Carers

A week of events start today in Sunderland to celebrate World Mental Health Day where people can learn more about how to have and maintain good mental health.

As part of the celebrations, the Carers' Centre is holding a special 'Feel Good' Event for carers tomorrow, Tuesday 8th October, which will focus on their health and happiness.

There will be a variety of activities including: learning hand massage techniques, potting herbs, Chi Kung (gentle meditative exercise), craft activity, good mood food information and pamper sessions.

No need to book but spaces will be limited for some activities. Drop in at the Carers’ Centre anytime between 10am and 2pm or stay for the whole event.


Male Carers Group visit Seaham Harbour

The Male Carers Group at Seaham Harbour Heritage Centre.Last Thursday 3rd October members of the Male Carers Group spent a very enjoyable afternoon in Seaham Harbour.

After having lunch at The Hat and Feathers, the men visited the Seaham Harbour Heritage Centre where they had a guided tour and learnt about the restored lifeboat, The George Elmy.

The Male Carers Group has guest speakers and social activities for male carers and usually meets the first Thursday of every month, 1pm - 3pm (but this may vary depending on the activity).

If you are a male carer and interested in joining the group please contact Gina or Dave at the Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.


Update on the Vandalism to the Young Carers' Garden

On Wednesday you may have read in the Sunderland Echo and on Facebook and Twitter about the mindless acts of vandalism at the Carers' Centre. If you did not see the Echo article please click here

We have been contacted by a number of individuals and companies who have offered practical help.

I thought it best to keep you all informed as to what we are planning and hoping to do to ensure this does not happen again. I intend to install CCTV cameras as soon as possible to cover the whole site. I realise this will be an added expense but I think the groundswell of opinion is that this is now a neccessity.

I have temporarily removed the remainder of the fencing to ensure no more of it is damaged or stolen. Following the installation of the CCTV security I will replace the fencing. I have had some extremely kind offers to help with this from local Sunderland based companies.

I see from some of the comments on both Facebook and Twitter that some of you were looking to donate some funds to support the installation of security measures. This is really kind of you all and should you so wish we now have some quick and easy ways to donate to the Carers Centre. I will ensure details of how you can do so are posted on both Facebook and Twitter shortly.

Once again thanks for your kind words and concern. It makes us all realise just how much Sunderland Carers’ Centre means to a great number of people in Sunderland.

Graham Burt

Chief Executive Officer


Parent Carer Information Bulletin October 2013

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

Click here to view