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News Archive September 2011

Complementary Therapies Taster Treatment Day at HOPS

Sunderland Carers' Centre is planning a Taster Treatment Day for carers at HOPS, 30 Roker Park Road, Sunderland SR6 9PG, on Thursday 10th November.

The Taster Treatment Day will offer two mini treatments and one taster workshop session to carers who have never had a treatment at HOPS before and think it will benefit them in their caring role.

Treatments on offer will be Massage/Indian Head Massage, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Reiki/Spiritual Healing.

Taster workshops will cover Yoga, Tai Chi/QiGong and Energy/Relaxation.

The day will run from 10am – 2pm and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

The day will take place if the demand is high enough so please get in touch with the Carers’ Centre on

(0191) 567 3232 no later than Thursday 27th October and leave your name if you are interested.

Funding for the days to take place will be applied for through the Carers Breaks and Opportunities Scheme so follow up paperwork will have to be completed after the Taster Treatment Day.


Free Health Event for Parent Carers

Presented by Sunderland, Washington & Coalfields Parent Carer Council

Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council logoWhether you, your child (aged under 18), or other family members currently have medical/health issues or not, this free event is a great opportunity to meet with health professionals from all areas of the Health Service.

Health professionals will include GP Consortia, Transition Service, Sexual Health, Paediatrics, Learning Liaison Nurses, Continence Service, dietary and many others.

Come along, meet other parent carers and talk with health professionals on what is working (or not!) and what we need to do, and how to improve access to the various health services.

The event will take place on Thursday 3rd November at the Stadium of Light, registration 9.30am, start 9.45am and finish 2pm.

It includes welcome refreshments and carvery lunch (vegetarian option available).

Help with transport may be available.

To book a place email or ring (0191) 417 5322 (Wednesdays and Fridays 1pm – 3pm only).

Health Survey

Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council, who are organising the event, have produced a short survey in order for them to plan the day accordingly. Please take a few moments to answer 10 questions. They ask for no confidential or sensitive information.

Click here to take part


Parent Carer Information Bulletin October 2011

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


Annual General Meeting

Carers are invited to the Annual General Meeting of The Princess Royal Trust Sunderland Carers' Centre

to be held on

Tuesday 18th October

at the Stadium of Light (Banqueting Suite)

Buffet lunch at 12 noon. Business starts at 12.45pm.

Guest Speaker:

Andrew Cozens CBE

Vice Chair of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, and

Strategic Advisor, Children, Adults & Health,

Services for Improvement & Development,

Agency for Local Government

To book a place phone Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 567 3232 by Tuesday 4th October.


Job Vacancies at The Princess Royal Trust Sunderland Carers' Centre

Sunderland Carers' Centre has the following vacancies:

  • 2 full-time Development Workers
  • 1 full-time Carers Breaks and Opportunities Scheme Facilitator

Click here for more information and to download an application form

Closing date for returned application forms: 4pm on Wednesday 28th September 2011.

Sunderland Carers’ Centre aims to be an equality and diversity employer.


Always on Call, Always Concerned - New report on older carers

Today The Princess Royal Trust for Carers has launched the results of a new national survey of 639 carers from across the UK.

The results show very clearly that older carers are battling ill-health caused by their caring role. Almost 70% of the older carers in the survey say that caring had a negative impact on their physical health and an equal number say it also had an adverse effect on their mental health. Many reported cancelling a treatment or operation for themselves because of their caring responsibilities.

The report, Always on Call, Always Concerned, surveyed older carers (aged 60 - 94), who look after a sick or disabled family member and found that 65% of older carers have long term health problems or a disability themselves.

The Trust is calling on local authorities and local health providers to give greater recognition to the benefit of supporting older carers, including specific easily accessible, comparatively low-cost preventative services at local level which can improve the lives of carers. Examples include calling on GPs to offer a physical health check to older carers once a year, screening for depression at least once a year, home visits to carers if necessary to fit around their caring role, hospital appointments to be flexible to meet the needs of carers.

Click here for the full report


Launch of Carer Information Card in Washington

Launch of the new Carer Information CardSeptember sees a new initiative for carers being launched in the Washington area. If successful it is hoped the project will then be rolled out across the whole Wearside area reaching many of the 32,000 carers across the city.

A credit card sized card giving vital contact information for carers will be made available across community venues like GP practices, pharmacies, schools and libraries. The card gives contact details of where carers can go for help and advice and also a number for emergencies to be used during out of normal working hours.

Click here for more information

Photograph used with kind permission of the Sunderland Echo.


Fundraising Coffee Morning at the Carers' Centre

Carers' Centre building in Toward RoadIn need of a little bit ‘me’ time and a cuppa? If you are keep space in your diary on Monday 12th September, 10.30am to 12.30pm, we have just the answer!

Following the success of the Open Day in May you are invited back to the Carers’ Centre, 12 Toward Road, Sunderland SR1 2QF, to do it all again!

To raise funds for the new Carers’ Centre building you can take advantage of a 15 minute pamper for a small charge. Cakes, crafts and handmade cards will also be on sale.

We look forward to seeing you then, no need to pre-book.


Carers' Halloween Party - Tickets now on sale!!!

Tickets are now on sale for the Carers' 'Trick or Treat' Party to be held on Thursday 27th October at Fulwell Fireman's Club, 7pm - 11pm.

Tickets cost £4 and are available from Sunderland Carers' Centre reception, 12 Toward Road, Sunderland SR1 2QF.  Cash only.

Click here for more information


Sunderland Carers' Centre Newsletter September 2011

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

This edition includes articles on:

  • Autumn training for carers
  • Carers' coffee morning on Monday 12th September
  • Carers' Halloween party
  • Taster treatment days
  • Mental health carers' groups

Click here to view