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Parent Carer Information Bulletin August 2015

Welcome to this month's information bulletin for parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities up to the age of 25.

Parent Carer Coffee Mornings / Transition Support Group

There are no coffee mornings in August due to the school summer holidays.

The Transition Support Group will also not meet in August.

Information, Activities and Events

For more details on any of the information, activities or events mentioned below please contact the organisations directly or Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.

Activities at Sunderland Libraries

Sunderland Libraries are holding activitiess during the summer school holidays.

Click here for Week 3 activities

Click here for Week 4 activities

Click here for Week 5 activities

Click here for Week 6 activities

For more details please contact your local library.

Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council (SWCPCC)

The Parent Carer Council will be closed for the school summer holidays.  Emails will continue to be picked up but there may be a delay in replying.


The first meeting of the new school year will be on Friday 18th September, at the Carers' Centre, 10am - 12 noon.

ADHD Support Group

Are you a parent of a child with ADHD?  The Sunderland ADHD Support Group is run by parents themselves and they offer each other advice and support.

There are no meetings during the school summer holidays, however, you can still email the group for information.


Gentoo Summer Fun Days

Entry and all activities are free.

Friday 7 August, 11am - 1pm, Kepier School, Diary Lane, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5BH

Friday 14 August, 11am - 1pm, Easington Lane Community Access Point, Brick Garth, Easington Lane DH5 0LE

Friday 21 August, 11am - 1pm, The Monument Children's Centre, Whitefield Estate, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 7RT

Friday 28 August, 11am - 1pm, The Hetton Centre, Welfare Road, Hetton-le-Hole DH5 9NE

Activities include: African drumming workshop, circus skills workshop, striker, arts & crafts, competitions, Minions game, bird shows, football cage, henna, celebrity goalie, face painting, smoothy exercise bike, balloon modelling, petting zoo, free prize draws and many, many more.

Not all activities will be available at all events.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Food, drinks and award winning Lickety Split Ice Cream will be available at a small cost.

For more information please contact Tawanda Kawanzaruwa on (0191) 525 5000.

Useful Vision

Useful Vision helps families with blind or sight impaired children get the most out of life.  They run fun activities for children from 0 - 19 across the region.  All activities are free to families registered with them.

Click here for the summer activity programme

Click here for the September activity programme

If you would like to register for any of these events, be put on the mailing list for future activities or to find out more contact 0845 6048491 or email

Get Curious

There are a range of autism friendly arts activities inspired by the national theatre production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time taking place at Sunderland Empire.

There are also activities taking place at Arts Centre Washington, the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (top floor of City Library) and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

Click here for more details

To book any of these events please call (0191) 566 1056 or email

Relaxed and Signed Panto at The Customs House

There will be a relaxed performance of the Alice in Wonderland pantomime at The Customs House, South Shields, on Sunday 3rd January at 4.30pm.  Ticket prices for this performance are £16 full, £15 concessions, £10 stalls side balcony, £9 circle side balcony.  Carers come free with a registered disabled person.

There is also a signed performance on Wednesday 30th December at 7pm.  Ticket prices for this performance are £18 full, £17 concessions, £10 stalls side balcony, £9 circle side balcony.  Carers come free with a registered disabled person.

To book or for more details please contact Angela Hannon at The Customs House on (0191) 427 8183.

Smile Through Sport - Summer Activities

Smile Through Sport are organising summer activities for people with physical disabilities and / or mental health conditions aged 14 years and over.

Click here for more details

For more information please contact Jenni Wade on (0191) 477 4553 or email