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Parent Carer Information Bulletin May 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 1st May
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 14th May
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 19th May
10am – 12 noon
at Houghton Primary Care Centre, Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5HB

We look forward to seeing you there.


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 logoClub for Disabled Children at Downhill


Places are still available at the new club for disabled children age 5 – 12 years at Downhill School.

The club is on a Wednesday night from 5.30pm – 7.30pm and has activities such as cooking, arts and crafts, games and use of the IT suite.

If you have a child who is interested in joining the club please contact Donna Knowles, Short Breaks Co-ordinator, on (0191) 561 3187 to see if they are eligible.


Transition to Adulthood: A Guide for Parents


Cerebra have produced a guide which aims to help parents of young people with disabilities and/or special educational needs manage their child’s transition into adulthood so that the social care, education and health needs of their child are met and sustained throughout this process and into the young person’s adult life. You can read the guide on their website - click here - or phone 0800 328 1159 for a copy.


Sunderland City Council logoDisability Swim Session – Silksworth Community Pool


The next swim session for disabled children and their families at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre is on Saturday 31st May, 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.

Disability Swim Session at Hetton Community Pool


The next swim session for disabled children and their families at Hetton Community Pool is on Saturday 10th May, 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).


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 Monday 12th May, 11.30am – 1pm, at SNYP, 272 Southwick Road, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 1DD.

For more information please email mandy.colman2@ntlworld.com or go to adhd support group on Facebook.


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 16th May, 10am –

12 noon, at Sunderland Carers’ Centre.

New members welcome.

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


Transition Support Group


The next meeting of the Transition Support Group will take place on Thursday 29th May, 10.30am – 12 noon, at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF. 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) 549 3768.


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. They welcome children whatever their level of ability or additional needs. Join them during May.

Bounce baby and toddler group, Sunderland, Tuesday 6th May, 10.30am – 12.20pm, Silksworth Tennis and Wellness Centre.

Hadrian’s Wall Challenge, Sunday 11th May, 10am. Take part in this sponsored 5 mile walk or sponsor the children at http://www.justgiving.com/usefulvisionchallenge

Messy creative play with Squiggles and Giggles, Killingworth, Saturday 17th May, 10.30am – 11.30am.

The Climbing Centre, Sunderland, Wednesday 28th May, 3.30pm – 5pm. For visually impaired children and siblings aged 7 and over.

Riding Afternoon, Washington RDA, Wednesday 29th May, 1pm - 3pm. For children aged 5 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 office@usefulvision.org.uk or visit them on facebook www.usefulvision.org.uk


Activities at Sunderland Libraries

Library story and rhyme time sessions


These sessions are held in the Community room at Tesco, Roker Retail Park on Friday 2nd May and Friday 16th May, 2pm – 2.30pm.

Booster Cushion Theatre Company presents… Old McDonald and the Three Pigs Plus…


This is a comical show weaving the song ‘Old McDonald’ with the story of the Three Pigs. The pigs get fed up singing ‘EIEIO’ and move out of the barn to the other side of the farm. They build their own houses only to be visited by a hungry wolf. Luckily the pigs have planned ahead and have enough dog toys to play with.

This colourful, solo show is ideal for younger children. The children help identify farm produce, sing, take part as animals and rear pigs. The session is free and suitable for children aged 3 - 7 years. It will take place at City Library on Friday 16th May, 9.30am – 10.30am and 11am – 12 noon.

Half term holiday activities 26 – 30 May


All libraries in Sunderland will hold activities for children in this week on the theme “Bugs and Butterflies”. The sessions are free and suitable for children of primary age but all children aged 8 or under must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact your local library for further details.


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