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Parent Carer Information Bulletin December 2012

Welcome to this month’s information bulletin for parents and carers of disabled children.


Parent Carers’ Group

There is no meeting in December.

The next meeting will take place on

Thursday 10th January
10am – 12 noon
at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF

Parent Carer Coffee Morning

There is no coffee morning in December.

The next coffee morning will take place on

Monday 21st January
10am – 12 noon
Houghton Primary Care Centre (behind Houghton Leisure Centre)

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Lisa Watson and Wendy Greenhow

Parent Carer Development Workers

Sunderland Carers' Centre

For more information about the group and coffee morning please contact Lisa Watson or Wendy Greenhow
at Sunderland Carers’ Centre Tel: (0191) 549 3768.


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.


Santa’s Christmas Party


Places are still available at Santa’s Christmas Party at Passion in Holmeside Sunderland on Sunday 9th December, 12 noon – 4pm. The party is for children with special needs and children experiencing extreme circumstances. At the party there will be entertainment, a balloon artist, face painters, petting zoo, mountain dogs, bouncy castle and party games, buffet, disco and Santa’s Grotto. To book contact Hope 4 Kidz on (0191) 534 7788 as soon as possible.


Sunderland Carers’ Centre Christmas Open Day and Fundraiser


Why not join us at the 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.


Carer, Ashley Sutherland, is photograhed walking on Tunstall Hill.Carers Rights Day Photographic Exhibition – ‘Time well earned’


To celebrate Carers Rights Day 2012 we would like to invite you to go along to a new photography exhibition ‘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 time out from their caring role.

The private view will take place on Carers Rights Day, Friday 30th November, from 12 noon to 3pm and at a later time of 4pm to 9pm at ‘The Place’ Gallery, Athenaeum Street, Sunderland SR1 1QX.

Attend the private view and you will be entered in a free prize draw to win an OLYMPUS digital camera.

The exhibition runs from Monday 3rd December to Friday 14th December. The gallery is open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 3.30pm on Friday. Entry is free and open to the public.

Click here for more information about the exhibition


Useful Vision logoUseful Vision Activities


Useful Vision has the following events happening in December:

Fins and Flippers hydrotherapy sessions, Thursday mornings until 6th December, Cedars School Sports College, Low Fell, Gateshead.

Christmas cookery sessions, Saturday 1st December, Jarrow (full) and Sunday 2nd December, Middlesbrough (1 place left in the morning session)

Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland joint Bounce Christmas party for babies and toddlers, Tuesday 4th December, 11am - 1pm, Silksworth Tennis and Wellness Centre. Parents, grandparents and siblings welcome. Dress code – Christmas!

Christmas Panto, Cinderella!, Saturday 15th December, 1 - 4pm, Centre for Life, Newcastle.

All events are free to families of visually impaired children, but booking is essential. For more information or to register with Useful Vision, call 0845 6048491 or email office@usefulvision.org.uk or click here to visit the website.


Transitions Support Group


The next meeting of the Transitions Support Group will take place on Thursday 31st January, 10.30am – 12 noon, at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF. The group is open to all carers of young people going through transition. Come and have a coffee and a chat about how things are for you and meet other parents in similar situations. If you have any queries beforehand please contact Eibhlin Inglesby or Helen McAdam on (0191) 549 3768.


ADHD Support Group


Are you a parent of a child with ADHD? Would you like to meet other parents? The Sunderland ADHD Support Group is run by parents themselves and they offer each other advice and support. The next meetings are on

Monday 3rd December and Monday 17th December, 11.30am, at SNYP, 272 Southwick Road, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 1DD.


Playgroup for hearing impaired children


Does your child have hearing loss? Do you want to meet other families in the same situation? Then join the parent and toddler group for all pre-school children with a hearing impairment. It’s a chance for the children to enjoy lots of activities and for parents to have a chat over a cuppa. The next group meeting is on Monday 10th December at Highfield Children’s Centre, Ford Road, Ford Estate, 1 – 3pm. For more information please contact: lynndryden@dsl.pipex.com


Autism Friendly Film Screening – Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger


Dimensions have joined forces with Odeon Cinemas to host an autism friendly screening of the film, Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger (U, 2D), in cinemas across the country.

What makes the screening autism friendly? The lights will be on low, the volume will be turned down, you’ll be able to take your own food and drinks and you’ll be able to move around the cinema if you like.

The nearest screening will be at the Metrocentre Odeon on Sunday 16th December at 11.30am. Tickets can be bought from the cinema, online through the Odeon website www.odeon.co.uk or by calling Odeon’s Accessibility Helpline on 0800 138 3315 between 11am and 8pm.

Click here for more information about autism-friendly screenings


Father and son in the library.Activities at Sunderland Libraries

Children’s Christmas Programme


Libraries in the city will be offering free Christmas activities for children and adults throughout December.  Click on the links below to find out more about what is taking place.

City Library and Arts Centre

Houghton Library and Customer Service Centre

Washington Library and Customer Service Centre

Bunny Hill Library and Customer Service Centre

Sandhill Centre Library and Customer Service Centre

Chinese Family Crafts Course


Saturday 12th January – 16th February, 1 – 3pm, at City Library and Arts Centre
The course will last for six weeks. For further information contact the City Library and Arts Centre closer to the date.

Spring Courses


Spring courses will be commencing the week beginning Monday 7th January. Information will be available from mid-December. Contact your local library for more information.

200th Anniversary of Jane Austin’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’


Monday 28th January, 10.30 – 11.30am and 2 – 3pm.
City Library and Arts Centre will be hosting a social presentation through costumes by History Wardrobe entitled ‘Ladies of a Certain Age’. Booking is essential. For further information contact the City Library and Arts Centre closer to the date.


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