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Parent Carer Information Bulletin July 2012

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

Parent Carers’ Group and Coffee Mornings

There will be no group or coffee mornings in July and during the school holidays.

Summer Lunch Outing – Tuesday 10th July

As the summer holidays are approaching again we wanted to take this opportunity to invite you all to our annual summer lunch outing!

This year we are going on Tuesday 10th July to Little Haven Hotel, River Drive, Littlehaven, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 1LH - click here to visit the Little Haven Hotel website

We will meet from 11.30am with lunch at 12.30pm.

Once lunch is finished please feel free to either stay for a little longer, have a stroll along the beach or get home in plenty of time for the kids.

As usual anyone who wishes to join us is more than welcome. All we ask is that you ring the Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768 and leave your contact details and where possible your menu choice by Friday 6th July. (This makes it easier for us to confirm numbers etc. with the hotel.)

Click here for a copy of the menu

Wherever possible we would like everyone to car share. If you have difficulties with transport please ring us and speak to either Wendy or Lisa W. and we will be more than happy to try and resolve this.

We would also ask if you could come along prepared with the right amount of money for your meal.

We look forward to seeing you.

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.

Sunderland Support Guide 2012

A new updated Sunderland Support Guide has been launched. The Support Guide is an information directory which helps parents and carers of disabled children and young people to easily find and access information, support or services in Sunderland.

Click here to view the guide

City Hospitals launches Carers’ Charter

City Hospitals Sunderland is committed to raising the profile of carers and has worked with Sunderland Carers’ Centre to develop a Carers’ Charter. The Carers’ Charter recognises the role of carers and the invaluable contribution carers make in supporting patients during their hospital stay/visit, especially in providing information to support assessment and treatment, discharge planning and contributing to care delivery where appropriate.

The Charter:

• makes a commitment to ensure that all front line staff receive carer awareness training and this will be supported by the development of a training programme in 2012.

• is supported by an easy to read flow chart for staff use. The flow chart provides prompts for staff to identify carers and to ensure carers are involved in the patient’s care if this is what the patient and carer would like. The flow chart also identifies actions to take in considering the needs of carers.

• recognises that carers need to be consulted and involved in service reviews and that their views should be represented throughout the organisation.

The Carers’ Charter was officially launched during National Carers’ Week. The launch involved issuing the Charter to all wards and departments (look out for the poster on ward notice boards) and having an awareness-raising stand in Sunderland Royal Hospital on Wednesday 20th June. The stand was manned by staff from the Carers’ Centre and the hospital who provided information and advice to staff, visitors and patients about what help is available for carers.

The success of the Carers’ Charter will be monitored by the City Hospitals Carers Group which meets every three months. If you have any comments or experiences you would like to share please contact Eibhlin Inglesby at the Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768.

Click here to view the Carers' Charter

Click here to view the flow chart

Copies of the Charter are available by phoning Sarah Candlish on (0191) 5656256 ext 42692.

Gateshead Inclusive Fun Day

Gateshead Inclusive Fun Group, which supports disabled children and young people and their families, is holding a free Inclusive Fun Day at Gateshead Stadium on Thursday 26th July, 11.30am – 3.30pm. The Fun Day is family friendly and includes fairground rides, bouncy castle, face painting, balloon modelling, under 5s play area, sensory and chill out area and more. Disabled parking is available at the Stadium.

SPYRAL – Sandhills Project Youth Recreation and Leisure

The SPYRAL Project provides young people with the chance to develop and maintain life skills and positive work habits by participating in gardening, horticulture and animal husbandry. The public can pop in to visit the gardens, meet the animals and buy seasonal vegetables and free range eggs. Entry is free and open 7 days a week from 10am until 4pm, at Sandhills, Rear Shinwell Terrace, Murton, Co. Durham SR7 9EZ.

Castle View Enterprise Academy Fun Day

This is an action-packed day for all the family on Saturday 7th July, 10.30am – 3pm, at the school site on Cartwright Road, Sunderland SR5 3DX. Entry is free.

Beach Sports and Family Fun Day

This event takes place on Saturday 11th August, 1pm – 6pm, at Roker Beach and includes beach football, giant inflatables, sand castle making and children’s activities.

Sunderland Actionnaires

Sunderland Actionnaires offers a range of activities for visually impaired children. The club meets every first and third Saturday of the month from 10am until 12 noon usually at The Raich Carter Sports Centre, Commercial Road, Hendon, Sunderland SR2 8PD.

Activities for September are:

Saturday 1st September, 10am – 12 noon, Rugby (led by Rhys Clarke from North East Rugby League) and swim at The Raich Carter Sports Centre.

Saturday 22nd September, Athletic Event in Sheffield. All day event including travel. Places are limited. This is a chance for Actionnaires groups to try various athletic events in an indoor arena.

All activities must be booked in advance by contacting Lisa Simpson (contact details below).

If you are not a member of Actionnaires and would like to be part of any of these activities you will need to complete a joining form for Actionnaires.

Please contact Lisa Simpson for further details on 01642 233439 or email

Families Information Service

To find out about Summer Activities in Sunderland for children and their families visit the Sunderland Families Information Service website – click here

Family Fun Day for Vision Impaired Children and their Families

Useful Vision, Sense, Guide Dogs and Action for Blind People are jointly organising a Family Fun Day for vision impaired children and their families on Saturday 1st September, 10am – 3pm, at Hemlington Lake and Recreation Centre, Cass House Road, Middlesbrough T8 9QW.

There will be all sorts of activities including archery, kayaking, sound tennis, sensory room, arts and crafts, earth walks, scavenger hunt, guide dogs display, guide dog petting, trikes and covered picnic area. Archery, kayaking and earth walks must be booked in advance.

Click here for a booking form

If you would like to attend contact Useful Vision on 0845 6048491.

Activities at Sunderland Libraries

Come and meet an ancient Greek Olympian!

Find out what it was like taking part in the Olympics long ago and hear from a contestant himself on Saturday 14th July, 10.30am – 12 noon. This session is free and suitable for primary age children and their parents / carers.

Summer-themed Story or Rhyme Time, Monday 16 – 20 July

Each library in Sunderland will be holding a special preschool story or rhyme time with a summer theme. Children will also be able to make a sport character finger puppet for the Olympics. For session dates and times please call (0191) 561 1235 or ask at your local library. This session is suitable for all preschool children and their parent / carer.

Summer Reading Challenge, Saturday 21 July – Saturday 1 September

The Summer Reading Challenge is a read and reward scheme for children aged 4-12 years. Children read 6 books during the summer holidays, collecting incentives as they go and a medal and certificate upon completion. The theme is Story Lab and will be part of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad. Story Lab is set in a sprawling metropolis hosting the Olympic Games, because every city needs stories! Children can take part at any library and there will be opportunity for young people aged 13-19 years to volunteer to help out at library events and activities. For further information about the Summer Reading Challenge and volunteering opportunities please contact your local library.

Summer Programme

Sunderland Libraries will be hosting activities for children throughout the summer holidays. For further information please contact your local library.

Useful Vision Bounce Group

Bounce is a free Useful Vision early years group for babies and toddlers who have vision impairment and disabilities.  Meet other parents and have a chat in the soft play area and chill with the music and movement session in the sensory room.  Siblings are welcome too.  Free tea, coffee and biscuits are available.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 3rd July, 10am - 12 noon, at Silksworth Tennis and Wellness Centre, Silksworth Lane, Sunderland SR3 1PD.

For more information call Useful Vision on 0845 604 8491 or email

Autism Friendly Film Screening – Ice Age, Continental Divide

Dimensions have joined forces with Odeon Cinemas to host an autism friendly screening of animated film Ice Age, Continental Divide (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 15th July at 11.30am. Tickets are on sale from Wednesday 11th July and can be bought from the cinema, online through the Odeon website or by calling Odeon’s Accessibility Helpline on 0800 138 3315 between 11am and 8pm.

For more information about autism-friendly screenings visit the Dimensions website