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Parent Carer Information Bulletin October 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

Sunderland Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Thursday 1st 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 14th October
10am – 12 noon
at Rainbow Family Centre, 34 Elliot Terrace, Concord, Washington NE37 3AE

Guest speaker: We have arranged for some independent volunteers to come along to gather your views about the groups you attend.

Houghton Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Monday 19th October
10am – 12 noon
at The Hetton Centre, Welfare Road, Hetton-le-Hole DH5 9NE

Guest speaker: We have arranged for some independent volunteers to come along to gather your views about the groups you attend.

Transition Support Group

This group is open to all parents and carers of young people going through transition from children’s services to adult services.

There is no meeting in October due to the school holidays.

The next meeting is on

Thursday 26th November
10.30am – 12 noon
at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF

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.

Britain's Best Breakfast - 14th September - 31st October 2015

Take part in Britain's Best Breakfast and help raise funds for Sunderland Carers' Centre.

There are various ways to get involved and donate.

Click here for details

Whatever you do... have fun, eat breakfast and raise a (piece of) toast to carers!

Sunderland City Council Local Offer

The following article has been provided by Sunderland City Council.

We have been working very hard over the last year to improve Sunderland’s Local Offer website. As well as looking at the information that is held on the site, we have been consulting with partners, parents, carers, children and young people on improving the overall appearance of the site.

We can now inform everyone that the new look site is now ready and live! Please take a moment to have a look and see what you think.

We know that there is still a lot of work to do which will mean that we will have much more information contained on the site, and make it easier to find, but we hope that you agree that it is looking much better.

We would love you to give us your comments or feedback about any aspects of the Local Offer. To do this please use the Contact Us or Feedback tabs on the website.

Visit the new look website - click here

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 Mondays 5th and 26th October, 11.30am – 1pm, at SNYP, 272 Southwick Road, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 1DD.

For more information please email

Sunderland Young Achievers 2016

Sunderland Young Achievers is now open.

If you know a young person or a group aged 8 - 20 in Sunderland who has achieved something great this year why not nominate them for a Young Achiever’s Award.

Categories include:

• Music and performing arts
• Personal achievement
• Community award
• Academic achievement
• Sport
• Young carer
• Young apprentice
• School council
• Anti-bullying team

Nominations can be made online - click here

The closing date for nominations is Friday 13th November 2015.

The awards evening will take place on Thursday 10th March 2016.

South of Tyne and Wearside Deaf Children's Society - Go Karting

The Deaf Children's Society are holding a Go Kart Party for 4 - 10 year olds on Saturday 31st October, 2.30pm - 4.30pm, at the Seaburn Centre.

Please email to book your child's place.

Sunderland, Washington & Coalfields Parent Carer Council - New website

The Parent Carer Council has launched a new website - click here to visit the site

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 October activity programme

Click here for the November and December 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

Film Academy for Young People with Learning Disabilities interested in making and starring in their own films

The next Beacon Hill Arts BFI Film Academy starts in December 2015 and is searching for young people aged 16 - 19 with learning disabilities, autism or additional needs who love films and want to develop their film making talents.

Experience is not necessary to apply to the Academy but you MUST attend one of the Taster and Selection workshop days to be considered for a place. Places are limited.

Taster and Selection days will be held on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2015 at Beacon Hill School, Rising Sun Cottages, Wallsend NE28 9JW.

For more information and to sign up click here

Sunderland Illuminations - Saturday 26 September - Sunday 1 November 2015

This year's event at Roker Park and Seaburn will feature new lighting installations plus some old favourites and some sparkling surprises including Alice in Wonderland, fairy dell, a sea of stars and state of the art projections.

Plus this year there are some exciting new additions to the event:

* Illuminated Observation Wheel - Cliffe Park

* Roller Rink - Cliffe Park

* Ocean Park Fun Fair

* Land Train

* Model Railway in Roker Park

For more details click here

Jurassic Gardens at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Until 1st November 2015 explore Sunderland's very own Jurassic Gardens at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  Admission free.

For more details click here

Family Arts Festival - Autism Friendly Activities

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Saturday 17th October, 1pm - 3pm (drop-in)

Fantastic photography and drawing fun, inspired by the Picture the Poet exhibition.

Sunderland Empire - Swan Lake Ballet Family Fun Day

Saturday 24th October, 12 noon  (For Saturday matinee ticket holders only.  Tickets available from £15)

Enjoy free craft and ballet-themed activities until the performance begins!

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Arts

Saturday 31st October, 1pm - 3pm (drop-in)

Halloween themed art activities delivered on the top floor of the City Library, Fawcett Street.

Please contact Creative Learning on (0191) 566 1056 for further help or information.