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Parent Carer Information Bulletin February 2014

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

Parent Carer Coffee Mornings

Sunderland Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Thursday 6th February
10am – 12 noon
at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF

There will be a speaker, Paul Tomlin from Local Education Authority Transport.

Houghton Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Monday 10th February
10am – 12 noon
at Houghton Primary Care Centre, Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5HB

There will be a guest speaker talking about wills and trusts.

Washington Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Wednesday 12th February
10am – 12 noon
at Rainbow Family Centre, 34 Elliott Terrace, Concord, Washington NE37 3AE

We look forward to seeing you there.

Lisa Watson and Wendy Greenhow

Parent Carer Development Workers

Sunderland Carers' Centre

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.

Find out how big government policy changes could affect you and your family

Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council logoJoin Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council for this free event on Wednesday 26th February, 10am – 2pm, at the Stadium of Light. Registration starts at 9.30am.

Find out how the Children and Families Bill 2014 will affect your services in Sunderland, how the Local Offer can help with short breaks, leisure and employment opportunities, what the new EHC (Education, Health and Social Care) Plans are, and get essential updates on benefits and housing.

To book a place please email – state if you are a parent / carer or a professional and if you have any dietary requirements. If you need help with transport please phone 07884080980.

Sunderland City Council logoDisability Swim Sessions

Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre will be continuing to run disability swim sessions throughout 2014 for families of children with disabilities.

Thanks to everyone for all their comments a few months ago about what time and day you would prefer the sessions to be on. At the present time, the only time that they can provide within their pool programme is once a month on a Saturday at 3.45pm – 4.45pm. However, they will continue to monitor this and if an alternative becomes available then they will look to change this.

The next swim session will take place on Saturday 22nd February, 3.45pm – 4.45pm. Price: £2.20 per person or family ticket £5.25 (maximum 2 adults and 2 young people). For more information please contact their reception on (0191) 561 5900.

South of Tyne and Wearside Deaf Children’s Society

Come along for some fun at the soft play on Sunday 9th February, 3pm – 5pm, at Mister Twisters, Unit 15E, Follingsby Park, Gateshead, Wardley NE10 8YG. Entrance fee will be paid for all hearing impaired children and siblings along with a maximum of 2 adults.

To book places for your family email or on Facebook.

Talented carers… we need you!

We are looking for talented carers of all ages – whether you are 6, 16 or 60 – to take part in our ‘Carers Have Talent’ Show to be held at Washington Arts Centre in Carers Week 2014. The ‘Carers Have Talent’ Show is not a competition – it will be a night of celebration of carers and will have its very own after show party and buffet.

Do you have a talent? For example, can you sing, dance or play a musical instrument? You may do this alone or as part of a group or band. Do you do stand-up comedy or perform magic tricks? Or perhaps you are an artist, poet or photographer? We would like you to get involved too by displaying some of your work on the night.

Why not come along and show us your talent at our ‘Carers Have Talent’ Auditions on Friday 21st March, between 1pm – 6pm, at Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB.

Please ring the Carers’ Centre on 549 3768 or click here to email by Monday 10th March and give us your name, phone number and what your talent is. We will ring you back and arrange an audition time that is convenient to you.

Click here for more details

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. The next meetings will be on Monday 10th February and Monday 24th February, 11.30am – 1pm, at SNYP, 272 Southwick Road, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 1DD. For more information please email or go to adhd support group on Facebook.

Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council

The next meeting of the Parent Carer Council will be on Friday 28th February, 10am –
12 noon, at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF. New members welcome.

For more information please contact Lisa Watson or Wendy Greenhow at the Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768.

Transition Support Group

The next meetings of the Transition Support Group will take place on Thursday 30th January and Thursday 27th February, 10.30am – 12 noon, at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF. The group is open to all parents / carers of young people going through transition from children’s services to adult services. For more information contact Helen McAdam on (0191) 549 3768.

Useful Vision Activities

Useful Vision logoUseful Vision helps families with blind or sight impaired children get the most out of life. They run fun activities for children from 0 to 19 across the region. All the activities are free to families registered with them. They welcome children whatever their level of ability or additional needs. Join them during February.

Bounce baby and toddler group. Tuesday 4th February, 10.30am – 12.20pm, Silksworth Tennis and Wellness Centre. Drop in and meet other parents and have a chat then chill in the music and movement session with Piccolo Music. Siblings are welcome too.

Focus on Food 4 Week Cookery Course, Ashington. Every Monday evening, 4pm – 5.30pm. These courses will help visually impaired children learn new techniques and feel more confident in the kitchen and improve their skills for independent living. Each class builds upon the skills learned in the previous week. These courses will be repeated across a number of venues throughout the North East in the coming months.

Swimming At Splash! Stockton. Tuesday 2nd February, 4.15pm – 6.15pm. Come join the Useful Vision team for an exclusive pool party with full use of wave machine and flumes. Buffet for families after swim.

Climbing Wall at Newcastle Climbing Centre. Tuesday 18th February, 3pm – 4.30pm. Visit one of the North East’s top climbing venues, with a height of up to 15 metres and 1200m of climbing walls. Minimum age 7 years.

St James Park Stadium Tour, Newcastle. Wednesday 19th February, time to be confirmed. Join an exclusive tour. Includes dressing rooms, dug out, media suite and what it’s like to stand on the pitch.

Family Fun Day, Dolphin Centre, Darlington. Sunday 23rd February, 1pm – 5pm. Get close up and personal with Jay’s animals, sensory tent and activities, face painting, arts and crafts, biscuit decorating. Enjoy an exclusive family swim after.

Boogie Woogie Session, Seven Stories, Newcastle. Wednesday 26th February, time to be confirmed. Music and play for the pre-schoolers.

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 or visit them on facebook

Sunderland City Council logoSunderland Libraries – Activities for February 2014

Chinese New Year activities – Saturday 1st February

Come along to a free fun children’s activity session to celebrate the year of the Horse at the following libraries. All children under the age of 8 years must be accompanied by an adult. For further information please contact the library concerned.

Bunny Hill Library 12 noon - 1pm
Houghton Library 10.30am - 11.30am
Sandhill Library 11am - 12 noon
Washington Town Library 10.30am - 11.30am

Craft activities

The Library Service has a programme of free, themed craft activities for children taking place in libraries during half term. Under 8s to be accompanied by an adult.

Monday 17 February City Library 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Monday 17 February Hetton Library 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Monday 17 February Washington Millennium Library 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Tuesday 18 February Washington Town Centre Library 2.15pm - 3.15pm
Tuesday 18 February Ryhope Library 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Tuesday 18 February Bunny Hill Library 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Wednesday 19 February City Library 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Wednesday 19 February Houghton Library 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Wednesday 19 February Fulwell Library 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Thursday 20 February Washington Town Centre Library 2.15pm - 3.15pm
Thursday 20 February Shiney Row Library 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Thursday 20 February Sandhill Library 10.45am - 11.45am
Friday 21 February City Library 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Friday 21 February Kayll Road Library 2.00pm - 3.00pm