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Parent Carer Information Bulletin January 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.

Washington Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Wednesday 15th January
10am – 12 noon
at Rainbow Family Centre, 34 Elliott Terrace, Concord, Washington NE37 3AE

There will be a speaker from SHARP giving fuel advice.

Houghton Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Monday 13th January
10am – 12 noon
at Houghton Primary Care Centre, Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5HB

There will be a guest speaker talking about healthy eating.

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.

Carers Have Talent!

As part of our Carers Week celebrations in June 2014 we are holding a special show called ‘Carers Have Talent’ to be held on the evening of Friday 13th June at Washington Arts Centre and we are looking for talented carers to take part.

Do you have a talent? For example, can you sing, dance or play a musical instrument? Are you perhaps a comedian or a magician?

Are you artistic or crafty? Do you paint, do needlework, write poetry or do photography? We would like to display some of your work on the night too.

We are looking for carers of all ages to take part, whether you are 6, 16 or 60.

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 (0191) 549 3768 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.

The ‘Carers Have Talent’ Show will be a night of celebration of carers and will have its very own after-show party and buffet.

Find us on Facebook

Do you use Facebook? Have you visited our Facebook page? If not, why not check it out and like us. Tell other carers you know about it too. We will keep you up-to-date with the latest news and events for carers. You can also follow us on Twitter.

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Transition Support Group

The next meeting of the Transition Support Group will take place on Thursday 30th 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 from children’s services to adult services. For more information please contact Helen McAdam on (0191) 549 3768.

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 13th January and Monday 27th January, 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 logoSunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council

The next meeting of the Parent Carer Council will be on Friday 17th January, 10am – 12 noon, at Washington Primary Care Centre, Princess Ann Park, Parkway, Washington NE38 7QZ.New members welcome. For more information please contact Lisa Watson or Wendy Greenhow at the Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768.

“Save the Day” for a SWCPCC Event

Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council is holding a free event at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday 26th February to discuss what will be happening to services for children with disabilities and/or additional needs in Sunderland after the new Children and Families Bill becomes law in September 2014.

We will have more details in the next bulletin and on our website and facebook page nearer the time.

Useful Vision logoUseful Vision Activities

Useful 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 January.

Bounce baby and toddler group. Tuesday 14th January, 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 or communication through touch and music session. Siblings are welcome too.

Focus on Food 4 Week Cookery Course, Newcastle. 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 Time! East End Pool Newcastle. Saturday 18th January, 3pm – 5pm. Come join the Useful Vision team for an exclusive pool party with full use of wave machine and flumes. Buffet for families after swim.

Animation Workshop, Gateshead. Sunday 19th January, 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1pm – 3pm. Join Useful Vision and have a go at creating your own cartoons. Choose you characters and locations and create a great story. You will be able to show your completed animation to family and friends at the end of the session. For visually impaired children aged 7 and over. Expert tuition provided by Animate2Educate.

Messy Creative Play with Squiggles and Giggles, Killingworth. Saturday 25th January, 10.30am – 11.30am.

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 – January 2014

Holocaust Memorial Day

Each library in Sunderland will have a literary display from Monday 13th January to Tuesday 28th January. There will also be a free talk in the City Library and Arts Centre on Wednesday 22nd January from 1pm – 2pm entitled “Journeys from Genocide to Safe Havens: five experiences” to raise awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day. To book your place please contact the City Library on (0191) 561 1235.

Chinese New Year

A children’s Chinese New Year craft activity will be held in City, Bunnyhill, Sandhill, Houghton and Washington Libraries at the end of January 2014 to celebrate the Year of the Horse. Please contact your local library for more details.