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Parent Carer Information Bulletin November 2012

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

Parent Carers’ Group

The next meeting will take place on

Thursday 8th November
10am – 12 noon
at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF

Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next coffee morning will take place on

Monday 19th November
10am – 12 noon
Houghton Primary Care Centre (behind Houghton Leisure Centre)

Christmas Meal

Our Christmas meal out will be on Wednesday 5th December, 12 noon, at The Mill, Southwick. If you are interested in joining us, then please give us a ring and add your name to our list.

We look forward to seeing you.

Lisa Watson and Wendy Greenhow

Parent Carer Development Workers

Sunderland Carers' Centre

For more information about the group and coffee morning 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.

Carers Rights Day logoCarers Rights Day 2012 – ‘Time well earned’

To celebrate Carers Rights Day 2012 we would like to invite carers to the private view of a new photography exhibition ‘Time Well Earned’ featuring photographs by Daniel Dale. Daniel’s photographs will give a fascinating insight to some of the hobbies and interests carers in Sunderland enjoy when they take time out from their caring role.

The private view will take place on Carers Rights Day, Friday 30th November, 12 noon to 3pm at ‘The Place’, Athenaeum Street, Sunderland, SR1 1DF. To attend please book your place by contacting the Carers’ Centre on

(0191) 549 3768 by Wednesday 28th November and just drop in at the event any time between 12 noon and 3pm.

The exhibition will then be open to the public from Monday 3rd December to Friday 14th December. (The gallery is open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and to 3.30pm on Friday).

Santa’s Christmas Party

Hope 4 Kidz is delighted to announce Santa’s Christmas Party at Passion in Holmeside Sunderland, will be taking place again this year on Sunday 9th December, 12 noon – 4pm for children with special needs and children experiencing extreme circumstances. At the party there will be entertainment, a balloon artist, face painters, petting zoo, mountain dogs, bouncy castle and party games, buffet, disco and Santa’s Grotto. To book contact Hope 4 Kidz on (0191) 534 7788. Places are free and on a first come first served basis.

Transitions Support Group

The next meeting of the Transitions Support Group will take place on Thursday 29th November, 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. Come and have a coffee and a chat about how things are for you and meet other parents in similar situations. If you have any queries beforehand please contact Eibhlin Inglesby or Helen McAdam on (0191) 549 3768.

ADHD Support Group

Are you a parent of a child with ADHD? Would you like to meet other parents? The Sunderland ADHD Support Group is run by parents themselves and they offer each other advice and support. The next meetings are on Monday 5th and 19th November, 11.30am, at SNYP, 272 Southwick Road, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 1DD.

Playgroup for hearing impaired children

Does your child have hearing loss? Do you want to meet other families in the same situation? Then join the parent and toddler group for all pre-school children with a hearing impairment. It’s a chance for the children to enjoy lots of activities and for parents to have a chat over a cuppa. The next group meetings are on Mondays 12th and 26th November at Highfield Children’s Centre, Ford Road, Ford Estate, 1 – 3pm. For more information please contact:

Useful Vision logoUseful Vision Activities

Useful Vision has some great free activities for visually impaired youngsters and their families over the next few months.

Bounce Sunderland & Durham at Silksworth Tennis and Wellness Centre, Tuesday 6th November, 10am – 12 noon and Tuesday 4th December, Bounce Christmas Party. Ring the office for details.

Fins and Flippers hydrotherapy sessions at Cedars School and Sports College Gateshead, Thursdays, 9.15am (9.30am – 10.30am pool time). Open to all families with vision impaired babies and toddlers. Spaces are limited so you must book.

Halloween themed fun day at Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, Sunday 28th October. Lots of activities including Halloween fancy dress competition, scarecrow making, pumpkin lantern carving, tractor and donkey rides, puppet show and soft play. Bring your own picnic or tea shop on site. Booking essential.

Rock climbing at Rock Antics, Newton Aycliffe, Sunday 4th November, 1pm – 2.30pm. There are 30 climbing spaces available and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Age limit is 4 years old and over. Parents and siblings are welcome to climb too. Booking essential.

The Alan Shearer Centre, Saturday 17th November. Sensory areas, hydrotherapy, music and craft areas, and soft play.

Christmas cookery sessions, Hedworthfield Community Centre, Jarrow on Saturday 1st December and Middlesbrough on Sunday 2nd December (venue to be confirmed). Times for the cookery will be 10am – 12 noon and 1pm – 3pm at both venues. Booking essential as places are limited.

The International Day of Disabled People Celebratory Performance, 7 – 9pm, Tuesday 18th December, The Sage, Gateshead. Useful Vision have been asked to take part in this prestigious event and the children will be putting a 15 minute piece together to be performed during the first half of the show. Families need to be registered with Useful Vision to take part. If you would like more information contact the office.

Christmas Pantomine for visually impaired children and their families, Centre for Life, Newcastle, 1pm, Saturday 15th December. Booking is essential and families must be registered with Useful Vision.

If you would like more information on any of these events, or would like to register your family with Useful Vision to receive invitations to great family days out, contact the office on 0845 6048491 or email

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Washington Parent Carers Group

Interested in joining a new group for parent carers in Washington to start in the New Year? Please contact the Lisa Watson at the Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768.

NHS South of Tyne and Wear logo'Getting better together' - results of the consultation about services for sick and injured children

This consultation invited patients, health professionals and the general public to give their views on the future of services for acutely sick and injured children across Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside. Following the consultation the Board of NHS South and Tyne and Wear Trust have approved the Future pathway (Option Two in the consultation document):

• walk-in centre and minor injuries services available to children of all ages;
• children's community nursing team support for acutely ill/injured children and young people, to be provided 7 days a week with extended hours in the evening;
• children's short-stay assessment units in hospitals in Gateshead, Sunderland and SouthTyneside, available 24 hours each day;
• inpatient care at Sunderland Royal Hospital and the Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle.

Click here for more information

Autism Friendly Film Screening – Madagascar 3

Dimensions have joined forces with Odeon Cinemas to host an autism friendly screening of the animated film, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG), 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 11th November. at 11.30am. Tickets 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.

Click here for more information about autism-friendly screenings

Dads ‘n’ Kids Club – Winter/Christmas crafts

The next meeting of the Dads ‘n’ Kids Club will be on Saturday 24th November, at City Library and Arts Centre, 10.30am – 11.30am.

This free session is suitable for children 2 – 11 years and their father/carer.

Mums also welcome!

Contact a Family Stop the DLA Takeaway campaign

Contact a Family and The Children's Trust, Tadworth would like to hear from parents and carers of children who spend long periods in hospital. The charities are asking families to fill out a short survey which could provide vital information to strengthen their Stop the DLA Takeaway campaign.

The campaign highlights that disabled children who spend long periods in hospital are at risk of having their Disability Living Allowance (DLA) suspended. Current regulations mean DLA is removed from a child if their hospital stay is over 84 days. The days do not have to be consecutive so hundreds of severely disabled and sick children, who are regularly in and out of hospital, could be affected.

The closing date for the survey is Friday 30th November.

Click here to take part in the survey