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Parent Carer Information Bulletin June 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 5th June
10am – 12 noon
at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF

Washington Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Wednesday 11th June
10am – 12 noon
at Rainbow Family Centre, 34 Elliott Terrace, Concord, Washington NE37 3AE

Houghton Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Monday 16th June
10am – 12 noon
at Houghton Primary Care Centre, Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5HB

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.

Parent Carer Summer Meal - Tuesday 15th July

This year our summer meal for parent carers will be at The Mill, Thompson Road, Sunderland on Tuesday 15th July at 12 noon. We will meet at the Carers’ Centre at 11.45am then walk across together. If you would like to join us please ring the Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768 to book your place.

Sunderland City Council logoWeekend Short Break Sessions

Places are available for disabled young people aged 13 – 18 years at these sessions:

Blue Watch – sessions are free and are held on a Saturday morning at Blue Watch Youth Centre in Ryhope between 9.45am – 12.45pm each fortnight. Activities include trips to the beach, park, stables and bike rides as well as pamper days, cooking, playing pool and much more.

Sportworks – sessions are free and are held on a Saturday afternoon at Monkwearmouth School in Monkwearmouth between 1.30pm – 4.30pm each fortnight. Activities include trips to the park, beach and museums, as well as swimming, basketball, team games and much more.

To get more details and to find out if your child is eligible, please contact Donna Knowles, Short Break Co-ordinator, Children’s Disability Team, Sunderland City Council on (0191) 561 3185 or email

Autism Befriending Service

Does someone in your family have an Autism Spectrum condition? Would they benefit from a Befriender? If so contact the North East Autism Society and join their new Volunteer Befriending Service. This one-to-one service is designed to enable children, young people and families living with autism the opportunity to enjoy some of the activities and interactions we take for granted in a supportive and understanding way. This service is free. Phone (0191) 410 9974 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. The next meetings will be on Monday 2nd June, Monday 16th June and Monday 30th June, 11.30am – 1pm, at SNYP, 272 Southwick Road, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 1DD. For more information please email

Sunderland City Council logoDisability Swim Session – Silksworth Community Pool

The next swim sessions for disabled children and their families at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre is on Saturday 31st May and Saturday 28th June, 3.45pm – 4.45pm.

Entry is £2.20 per person or family ticket £5.25 (maximum 2 adults and 2 young people).

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

Sunderland City Council logoDisability Swim Session at Hetton Community Pool

The next swim session for disabled children and their families at Hetton Community Pool is on Saturday 14th June, 3.30pm – 4.30pm, in the Main pool. Entry is £2.20 per person or £5.25 for a family ticket (maximum 2 adults and 2 young people).

There has been low attendance at the new Hetton sessions. It would be helpful for us to know why parent carers and their families are not attending. Is it the time or the day? Or any other reasons? Please phone Wendy or Joanne at the Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768 or email Your comments would be really appreciated.

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 20th June, 10am – 12 noon, at Houghton Primary Care Centre.

New members welcome.

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

Transition Support Group

The next meetings of the Transition Support Group will be on Thursday 29th May and Thursday 26th June, 10.30am – 12 noon, at Sunderland Carers’ Centre. The group is open to all parents / carers of young people going through transition from children’s services to adult services. For more information please contact the Carers’ Centre on (0191) 5493768.

South of Tyne and Wearside Deaf Children’s Society

Families with deaf children are invited to Adventure Valley, Union Hall Farm, Brasside, Durham DH1 5SG on

Sunday 29th June at 10.30am. Activities include: cannon saloon, football pitch, pedal tractors, panning for gold, indoor play town, jumping pillows, go-karts, tractor ride, Noah’s adventure ark, zip wire, farmyard, bouncy castle and a fantastic castle to explore. The entrance fee will be paid for all deaf children, siblings and up to two adults. To book please email

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Workshop

Contact a Family and Cerebra are holding a free DLA workshop for parent carers who have disabled children and young people aged 0 – 19 on Wednesday 11th June, 10am – 12 noon (followed by lunch), at Sunderland Carers’ Centre. Issues covered will include: why DLA is so important; how it is always paid on top of other income; how it is a passport to other benefits; and how to appeal a decision. Places are limited. Help towards the cost of childcare and travel is available upon request. To book please ring Contact a Family on (0191) 213 6300 or email

Inclusion Youth Clubs – for children aged 13 – 19 years

The following Inclusion Youth Clubs have activities such as pool, football, arts and crafts, cooking, and computers and are a great opportunity to make new friends. If your child is interested please call Angie Mills on (0191) 5617401.

Hendon Young People Project (East area), Monday, 5.45pm – 8.15pm
Lambton Street Project (West area), Saturday, 1pm – 3.30pm
Redhouse Youth Project (North area), Thursday, 6pm – 8.30pm
Pitstop (Washington), Tuesday, 6pm – 8.30pm
Bungalows Youth Project (Fence Houses), Thursday, 6.30pm – 8.30pm


Daslne aims to provide accurate information about children with autism spectrum disorder living in the North East. Their website has useful factsheets about topics such as sleep, eating, sensory issues, anxiety and temper. They also produce a newsletter. For more information click here

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. Join them during June.

Bounce baby and toddler group, Sunderland, Tuesday 3rd June, 10.30am – 12.20pm, Silksworth Tennis and Wellness Centre.

Family Day at Alnwick Garden, Sunday 1st June, 11am – 3pm.

Centre for Life, Newcastle, Sunday 15th June, 11am – 3pm.

Tees Barrage Water Centre, Stockton, Sunday 22nd June, 10am – 3pm. For visually impaired children and siblings aged 8 and over.

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 - click here

Sunderland City Council logoActivities at Sunderland Libraries

Festival of Learning
Sunderland Libraries have a programme of free taster sessions to celebrate the Festival of Learning during June 2014 including ceramic glazing, watercolour painting, wet felting, acrylic painting, ancestry and Gruffalo family learning sessions. To find out more please contact your local library.

Volunteers Week
To celebrate National Volunteers Week Washington Library is hosting an open day to promote volunteering opportunities in and around Washington. It takes places on Wednesday 4th June between 11am – 4pm and anyone interested is invited to drop-in.

National Bookstart Week (9 – 15 June 2014)
All Sunderland Libraries will have books and free materials to give away to pre-school children courtesy of Bookstart. Please ask at your local library for more details and to pick up your book.

Activities at Tesco Community Room
Sunderland Libraries hold a free time for rhyme and storytime session for pre-school children in Tesco Community Room at Roker Retail Park. The sessions will be on Fridays 13th and 27th June, 2pm – 2.30pm. An adult reading group will also be held on Thursday 26th June, 6.30pm – 7.30pm. For more information please contact Bunnyhill Library on (0191) 561 8103.