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Parent Carer Information Bulletin July 2013

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

Parent Carer Groups / Coffee Mornings

There will be no Parent Carer Groups or Coffee Mornings during the summer months due to the school holidays.

The next meetings will be in September.

Parent Carer Summer Outing – Bowling & Meal

There will be a summer outing on Wednesday 10th July.

Join us at 11am for bowling at 1st Bowl, High Street West (Sunniside), River Quarter, Sunderland SR1 1TR

Then for lunch at Sambucas Restaurant, Wylam Wharf, Low Street, Sunderland SR1 2JR.

This should cost no more than £10 per person - (£1.50 per person per game and £3.99 for a special 3 course meal).
Parking is free in Sunniside car park when you stamp your ticket at 1st Bowl.

If you would like to join us, give us a ring on (0191) 549 3768 and leave your details at reception by Friday 5th July.

Click here to view a copy of Sambucas menu

We look forward to seeing you.

Lisa Watson and Wendy Greenhow

Parent Carer Development Workers

Sunderland Carers' Centre

For more information 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.

Sunderland City Council logoDisability Specific Swim Sessions

The next disability specific swim sessions will take place on Saturday 29th June and Saturday 27th July, 4pm – 5pm, at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre.

The price is £2.10 per person or £5 for a family ticket (maximum 2 adults and 2 young people).

For more information contact their reception on (0191) 561 5900.

Sunderland City Council logoDisabled Children and Families Summer Holiday Sessions

There will be Summer Holiday Sessions for disabled children and their families at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre on Wednesdays 24th and 31st July and 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August.

Indoor adventure soft play, 11am – 12 noon, Sensory room, 10am – 12 noon, Fun and floats swim session, 10am – 11am. Price £2.70 per young person. Accompanying adult or carer goes free of charge. Admission is subject to availability. For more details contact their reception on (0191) 561 5900.

Northumbria University Stress Research Group

Do you have a child with Autism? Does he/she have a brother or sister? The Stress Research Group at Northumbria University has found that parents of children with autism experience high levels of stress, which can have harmful effects on health. They are now running a study to assess the effect of childhood autism on the emotional and physical well being of siblings. To take part, your child must be aged 7 – 17 years old and have a brother or sister with autism.

• What will your child have to do? Complete questionnaires and collect saliva samples while at home.
• What will you (the parent) have to do? Complete questionnaires at home.
• Will me or my child need to go to the University? No, all materials will be sent and returned in the post.
• What are the benefits of taking part? They hope the research will better identify ways to support siblings of children with autism AND you will be entered into a prize draw to win an Apple iPad.

This study has received full ethical approval from the School of Health and Life Sciences Ethics Committee, Northumbria University.

For more information please contact Brian Lovell on (0191) 227 3931 or email

Transition Support Group

The next meeting of the Transition Support Group will take place on Thursday 25th July, 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 group meets fortnightly. The next meetings are on Mondays 1st and 15th July, from 11.30am – 1pm at SNYP, 272 Southwick Road, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 1DD. The group will then take a break until after the school holidays. If you need any help or information over the holidays please email or go to adhd support group on Facebook.

Sunderland Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council logoSunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council

Have you a child or young person between the ages of 0 – 25 years with a disability, either physical or mental? Then Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council (SWCPCC) would like you to join them. SWCPCC are parent carers and grandparents who volunteer their time to create change, so all their children and young people can learn, make friends, have a voice and be part of everyday community and school life.

If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Lisa Watson or Wendy Greenhow at Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768. You are also invited to attend their next meeting on Friday 12th July, 10am – 12 noon, at Columbia Grange School, Washington.

South of Tyne and Wearside Deaf Children’s Society Events

Two events are coming up for hearing impaired children and their families in the North East.

On Tuesday 2nd July there will be a committee meeting. All welcome to share ideas for future events for the group. This is being held at Primrose Community Centre, Jarrow, NE32 5QY starting at 7pm.

On Saturday 6th July an activity afternoon is planned. Activities will include trampoline, climbing wall, soft play and sensory room. This is at Newburn Activity Centre, Grange Road, Newburn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE15 8ND from 1.30pm – 3pm.

If you are interested and would like to book places, please contact the group by email at

You can also join their Facebook page to keep up to date with news and events – search South of Tyne and Wearside DCS.

Boots Opticians Actionnaires Athletics Day 2013

There will be a free athletics development day for children and young people who are blind or partially sighted aged 4 – 16 years at the English Institute of Sport, Coleridge Road, Sheffield S9 5DA, on Saturday 21st September, 10.30am – 3.30pm.

If you would like your child to take part in this event you must complete and return a booking form no later than Friday 30th August. Spaces are limited. Transport will be provided from Actionnaires locations outside of Sheffield.

For a booking form please contact Lisa Simpson, North East Children & Family Support Coordinator, Action for Blind People, Tel: 01642 233439.

Useful Vision logoUseful Vision Activities

The following activities have been arranged for families in the North East who have children with a visual impairment:

Bounce baby and toddler group. 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. Tuesday 2nd July, 10am – 12 noon, Silksworth Tennis and Wellness Centre.

Family activity day, Newburn Leisure Centre, Newcastle. Children can try bikes, archery, trampoling and climbing. Guide Dogs will be providing a display and the opportunity to pet the puppies. Spend the afternoon on the River Tyne in bell boats and speed boats. Sunday 7th July, 10am – 4.30pm.

Messy creative play session with Squiggles n Giggles, Killingworth. Saturday 13th July, 10.30am – 11.30am.

Animal story telling (with live animals!) for the younger children at Newcastle Library. Stay for coffee and chat afterwards. Saturday 20th July, 10.30am – 11.30am.

Cookery skills workshop, My Place, Middlesbrough. Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th July, 10am – 12 noon or 1pm – 3pm.

Horse riding lesson and stable management session, RDA Washington. 30 minute riding lesson plus a 30 minute stable management and horse grooming session. Charge for siblings. Minimum riding age is 5 years. Friday 26th July, varied times.

Family activity day, Hartlepool Maritime Experience. There will be a choice of workshops including rope making and cannon balls and a tour of the HMS Trincomalee. Sunday 28th July, 11am – 3pm.

Cookery skills workshop, Ryton and Crawcrook Youth Project. Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st July, 10am – 12 noon or 1pm – 3pm.

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

Sunderland City Council logoActivities at Sunderland Libraries

Dads ‘n’ Kids Club
Saturday 20th July, 10.30am – 11.30am, at City Library and Arts Centre. Theme to be confirmed. Session suitable for children 2 – 11 years and their father/carer. Mums are welcome! No need to book. Free. For more information contact the City Library on (0191) 561 1235.

Decorate a storysack
Come along and decorate a storysack to take home at Doxford Park Library, Wednesday 31st July, 11am – 12 noon. All children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.

City Hospitals Sunderland supports Carers Week

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust supported Carers Week (10 - 16 June).

In celebrating the week the Trust undertook a number of initiatives, including:

  • loading a screen saver onto all computers to raise the profile of carers within the Trust
  • launching a frequently asked questions booklet for carers
  • refreshing the information on their intranet site to remind staff to identify carers and include them in the patients' care
  • giving information to staff who have caring responsibilities