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Parent Carer Information Bulletin October 2013

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 3rd October
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 9th October
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 21st October
10am – 12 noon
at Houghton Primary Care Centre, Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5HB

The guest speakers will be from Contact a Family and Cerebra.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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.

Feel Good Event – Tuesday 8th October

Learn more about how to have and maintain good mental health at our ‘Feel Good’ Event on Tuesday 8th October. As part of a week of events in Sunderland to celebrate World Mental Health Day, our day will focus on carers and their health and happiness. There will be a variety of activities including: learning hand massage techniques, potting herbs, Chi Kung (gentle meditative exercise), craft activity, good mood food information and pamper sessions. No need to book but spaces will be limited for some activities. Drop in at the Carers’ Centre anytime between 10am and 2pm or stay for the whole event.

Disability Football Club and Sportability Club

Sunderland Foundation of Light are running regular disability football sessions on a Saturday, 10am – 11am, at Castle View Enterprise Academy, Cartwright Road, Sunderland SR5 3DX. The sessions are aimed at those with a range of disabilities and learning disabilities (and their siblings) from 5 years and above. Cost £2 per session. There is also a multi-sport Sportability Club on a Tuesday evening, 5pm – 6pm, at Sandhill Sports Centre, Grindon, Sunderland SR3 4EN. Cost £3 per session. For more information contact Kevin Darke on (0191) 551 5316 or email

Contact a Family Transition Workshop

Contact a Family are running a series of workshops focused on Transition from Child to Adult Services for parents/carers in the north east.

The first workshop is the Tyne and Wear Legally Speaking Transition Workshop on Thursday 24th October, 10am – 12 noon (with free lunch provided) at Ocean Road Community Centre, Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2DW.

It will be facilitated by Irwin Mitchell and will cover understanding your legal rights to services and support to help you through the transition period; the legal obligations of local authorities and health bodies to manage the transition process and to cooperate; and the legal responsibilities of local authorities and health to provide support services during the transition process.

To book a place contact (0191) 213 6300 or email

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) Weekend for Newly Identified Deaf Children

This free family weekend is especially for families with deaf children who have been newly identified within the last 18 months and is taking place at the Newcastle Marriott MetroCentre, Gateshead from Friday 15th November – Sunday 17th November.

It is an opportunity for families from across the region to spend a relaxing and informative few days in the company of other families. Accommodation and meals are included. Topics will include sharing experiences; understanding audiology; communication can be fun; information on local support; and a deaf child in the family – real life experiences. Children will be cared for by a mobile crèche company and will take part in a range of activities.

For more information please contact Nicola Partridge by email at or text mobile 07971073984.

Sunderland City Council logoDisability Specific Swim Sessions

The next disability specific swim session will take place on Saturday 26th October, 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. Please do take advantage of these special swim sessions. If take up is low there is a possibility that the sessions will come to an end.

Transition Support Group

The next meeting of the Transition Support Group will take place on Thursday 31st October, 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 next meetings will be on Monday 7th October and Monday 21st October, 11.30am – 1pm, at SNYP, 272 Southwick Road, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 1DD. For more information please email or go to adhd support group on Facebook.

SWCPCC logoSunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council

The next meeting of the Parent Carer Council will be on Friday 18th October, 10am – 12 noon, at Houghton Primary Care Centre, Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5HB. New members welcome.

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

City Hospitals Sunderland – Help I need somebody… putting patients at the centre of care

Carers are invited to attend the City Hospitals Sunderland Experience Symposium on Wednesday 23rd October. The day will focus on creating a caring and compassionate environment and lectures will include topics such as patient’s perception of pain, patient involvement in care planning and nutrition.

There will be a display of posters celebrating the ongoing and innovative work being carried out to enhance the patient experience and you will have the opportunity to speak to the practitioners themselves. The afternoon will include a choice of sessions with a range of topics and guest speakers including representatives from the Carers’ Centre. The sessions will provide you with up-to-date information on current practices as well as improvements and developments. This event promises to be educational and informative as well as interactive for all those who attend. The day will be closed by Mr Ken Bremner, Chief Executive of City Hospitals Sunderland.

To book a place please contact or telephone Sarah on (0191) 565 6256 ext 42692.

Childhood Disability Research Survey

The British Academy of Childhood Disability are working with others to identify neurodisability related research priorities. This will identify the research questions that clinicians, parents and young people think are the most important. To find out more and to take part click here

Sunderland City Council logoSunderland Libraries Activities

Little Red Riding Hood
Booster Cushion Theatre will be performing Little Red Riding Hood on Saturday 26th October, at City Library and Arts Centre. Time to be confirmed.

Terror Halloween Story
Marty Bloomfield’s House will be performing his Terror Halloween Story on Thursday 31st October, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, at City Library and Arts Centre.

Children’s Half-term Holiday Activities
Autumn and Halloween craft activities will be occurring in libraries. Contact your nearest library closer to the time for further details.

African Drumming Sessions
Learn how to play African drums and celebrate Black History Month, on Saturday 26th October, 1pm – 3pm, at City Library and Arts Centre. Children aged 8 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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 October.

Bounce baby and toddler group. Tuesday 8th October, 10am – 12 noon. 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.

Halloween Family Fun Day at Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester. Sunday 27th October, 11am – 3pm. Fancy dress competition, scarecrow making and pumpkin lantern making as well as lots of opportunities to cuddle and pet the animals. Tractor barrel rides, puppet show and soft play. Bring your own picnic or tea shop on site.

3 Day Drama Movement and Music Workshop, The Beacon, Newcastle. Monday 28th October – Wednesday 30th October, 10.30am – 3pm. Join ‘TinArts’ performing artists who will lead this exciting opportunity to sing, dance and perform. For vision impaired children and their siblings aged 7 and upwards. Participants will work with actors, musicians and dancers to create music, make new scripts, create dynamic dance moves as well as lots of other exciting activities. An informal performance will be shared with family and friends on the final afternoon. Parents/carers can leave children for all or part of the day subject to prior arrangement with Useful Vision. Children should bring their own packed lunch and refreshments.

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