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Parent Carer Information Bulletin January 2016

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 Morning

Sunderland Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Thursday 7th January
10am – 12 noon
Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF

Guest speaker: Michelle Dias from the charity Caudwell Children will tell parents about what support they can offer.

Washington Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Wednesday 13th January
10am – 12 noon
Rainbow Family Centre, 34 Elliot Terrace, Concord, Washington NE37 3AE

Transition Support Group

This group is open to all parents and carers of young people going through transition from children’s services to adult services.

The next meeting is on

Thursday 28th January
10.30am – 12 noon
Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information please contact Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (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.

Young Carers Awareness Day - Save the date!

Thursday 28th January is Young Carers Awareness Day.  We will be announcing shortly what we have planned in Sunderland and we want everyone to get involved whether you are a young person, parent, professional or member of the public.  Watch this space!

SEND Information Event

Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council (SWCPCC) are holding an information event about the legal aspect of the SEND reforms and how IPSEA (the legal charity) can support you on:

Thursday 12th January

11am - 12.30pm
Software City, Tavistock Place, Sunderland SR1 1PB

Please book via Eventbrite on the SWCPCC website - click here

Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council

The next meeting of the Parent Carer Council will be on:

Friday 15th January
10am – 12 noon
Sunderland Carers' Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF

New members are welcome.

For more information please contact Wendy Greenhow at Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768.

Supporting SEND: Transition to Uni - Parents' Evening

Wednesday 20th January

5pm - 7.30pm

Northumbria University

The North East Raising Aspiration Partnership is holding a Parents' Evening called Supporting SEND: Transition to Uni at Northumbria University to highlight the support services available for young people's progression through to Higher Education.

The evening is for parents and carers who have young people in Year 11 and above, with expert staff available to inform you of the available support at Higher Education and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). There will also be a variety of optional workshops aimed to equip you with enough information to assist your young person at this important time.

Click here for more information and to book

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 January and February activity programme

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

Winter Wonderings at Sage Gateshead - Relaxed Performance

This magical show at Sage Gateshead consists of songs, puppetry and theatre and a relaxed performance is taking place on Sunday 31st January at 2pm which is suited to those with disabilities or autism and their families.

Ticket costs are Adults £8.50, Concessions £5. (Includes £1.50 handling fee)

This one hour family show is suitable for children aged 4 - 11 and their siblings.

For more information and to book tickets please click here

Autism Friendly Drama Group at Sunderland Empire

There is a new weekly youth theatre group at Sunderland Empire for young people aged 13+ with additional needs such as autism.

Mondays, 4.15pm - 5.45pm
Sessions cost £2 per week

Click here for more details

Phone (0191) 566 1056 or email

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 in January, however, you can still email the group for information or visit their facebook page.


Activities at Sunderland Libraries

Holocaust Memorial Day - Don't Stand By

Kindertransport was the transportation of over 10,000, mainly Jewish, children from Germany/Austria etc. to England just before the start of WW2.  In the 1980's a relative of a Kindertransport refugee created a quilt which was inspired by squares produced by a number of other relatives and refugees themselves.  Sunderland Libraries are working with artist Louise Underwood to recreate a quilt with Grangetown Primary and their interpretation of what Kindertransport means to them.  This will be displayed at City Library from 19th January until after Holocaust Memorial Day 27th January and then given back to the school at a legacy.

Sporting Memories

Thursday 14th January, Sandhill Centre Library, 10.30am.

Do you love sport?  Do you remember the first football or rugby match you went to?  What was sport like at school?  What sport did you play with friends in the street?  How about Spot the Ball?  Sporting Memories is a new group that encourages like-minded people to get together to discuss their love of sport and to share memories that are triggered through the use of images and donated items.  Billy Wright will be displaying memorabilia that belonged to his father, Arthur, who served Sunderland Football Club between 1934 - 1969.  Come along to the first session for a friendly and relaxed chat about all things sport with "half-time" refreshments!!  For more information contact Sunderland Libraries on (0191) 561 8474.

New Year, New Learning Opportunities

Learning Day

Thursday 14th January, 10am - 3pm

City Library and Arts Centre

Find out about local community learning opportunities in your area and try free taster sessions.

Click here for more details