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Parent Carer Information Bulletin July 2015

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 Mornings

There are no coffee mornings in July due to the school summer holidays.

Instead there will be a summer meal - please see below for details.

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.

Parent Carer Summer Get Together Before the Storm!

We would like to invite parent carers to The Italian Kitchen (The Mill), Thompson Road, near the Carers' Centre, on Thursday 9th July for a spot of lunch and a catch up before the children break up for their Summer Holidays.

Everyone is welcome - either meet us at the Carers' Centre at 11.50am or at The Mill at 12 noon. Please could you let us know if you intend to come along so we can have an idea of numbers to book a table - ring (0191) 549 3768. You can choose your menu choice on the day.

We are really looking forward to spending a leisurely lunch with you.

Request for comments / feedback

The SEN Code of Practice requires Local Authorities to produce a Local Offer. This means that since September 2014 Sunderland Council has had to publish, in one place, information about provision available in the area for children and young people from 0 – 25 who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

As the Local Offer needs to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available the Local Authority have been working closely with parents and carers to ensure the Local Offer meets their needs, however, they would still like to hear from more parents and carers.

The Local Authority would like to ask you to let them know what you think about Sunderland’s Local Offer. For example, have you used it to find services; did you find what you were looking for; was the information you found useful; or is there anything else that you would like to see included?

Click here to send all comments or feedback

Thank you for your help and support.

Sunderland Disability Awareness Information Event

This free event is for young people with a learning difficulty or disability and is taking place on Monday 20th July 2015 from 10am to 3pm at Hendon Young People’s Project, Church Street East, Hendon SR1 2BB.

Come along and enjoy the fun and refreshments on offer. The day will include soft play, games/playstation, pool table, music, arts & crafts, buffet, tea and coffee. It will be your chance to find out about going to college/university, employment, benefits, Independent Support, youth inclusion projects, housing and the City Equals advisory group.

For further information, please contact Angela Mills, Social Inclusion Coordinator on 0191 561 7401 or email

Grace House Family Information Session

Grace House will open in summer 2015 and will welcome families from across the North East. They will offer overnight specialist short breaks to children with complex disabilities and health needs aged 5 - 8 years. They will have eight fully adapted accessible bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, specialist seating, sleeping and bathing equipment as well as monitoring systems in all bedrooms to meet the needs of children with complex physical and health needs.

They would like to invite you to a Family Information Session to see if Grace House could be the place that your child would like to come for short breaks.

Thursday 2nd July, 6pm – 7.30pm

at Grace House, Bardolph Drive, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 2DE

This is an opportunity to find out about the service they will offer and what the next steps will be should you wish to use Grace House for short breaks. You will be able to look around, have some refreshments and meet some of the staff.

Children are welcome, but will remain your responsibility during your visit. As they are still in the process of getting the building ready they do not have accessible changing facilities available.

To help them plan for your visit, please let them know if you wish to attend by calling Grace House (0191) 525 2885 or email

Unfortunately due to the vulnerability of children at Grace House they are unable to accommodate children with aggressive or challenging behaviour. However, they may be able to suggest alternative placements.

Activities at Sunderland Libraries

Sunderland Libraries are holding activities during the summer school holidays.

Click here for Week 1 activities

Click here for Week 2 activities

Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council

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

Friday 10th July
10am – 12 noon
at 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.

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 meeting will be on Mondays 29th June and 13th July, 11.30am – 1pm, at SNYP, 272 Southwick Road, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 1DD.  There will then be a break for the summer holidays.

For more information please email

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 summer activity programme

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

Social Inclusion Youth Projects

Free places are available at the Social Inclusion Youth Projects which also run during holiday times.

Click here for details

LDD Youth Session at Redhouse Academy Youth Wing

Medieval Festival 2015

Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 June, 10am - 2pm

St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland SR6 0DY

Free entry

See the past brought back to life.  Learn how the Anglo-Saxons lived and worked, slept and ate, watch warriors training and see them in battle at 2pm on both days.

Plus a longboat, guided tours of the 7th century church and more.

Click here for more details

Random Acts Workshop

On 2nd July from 3pm - 5pm City Library and Arts Centre will be hosting a free introductory workshop on the Random Acts North programme.

Random Acts (a partnership between Arts Council England and Channel 4) is an opportunity for talented and creative young people aged 16 - 24 with exciting ideas from a diverse range of art forms - from dance to animation, music to video art, film to poetry, drama to visual art - to create stunning short films.

As the lead organisation for Random Acts Centre North, Tyneside Cinema will be looking for 16 - 24 olds who live or study in the North of England (Cumbria, North East, North West or Yorkshire) to apply to make a film as part of Random Acts funded education and training programme.

Click here for more information

The workshop at City Library and Arts Centre, one of only seven across the North of England, will give young people the opportunity to find out more about what they’re looking for and how they can get involved.

Inclusive Futures Regional Camp

Inclusive Futures Gateshead's Regional Camp will be held on:

Saturday 4th July, 10am - 4pm
Joseph Swan Academy, Gateshead

If you are aged between 14 - 19, with or without a disability, you can take part in a range of inclusive sports such as New Age Kurling, Sitting Volleyball, Boccia and Goalball as well as receive 'Leadership and Inclusive Activity' Training.

Guest appearance: Inclusive Futures Ambassador Stephen Miller, Triple Paralympic Champion

If you would like to attend email for more information and your registration pack.