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Parent Carer Information Bulletin September 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 4th September
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 10th September
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 15th September
10am – 12 noon
at Houghton Primary Care Centre, Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5HB

There will be a speaker from Washington Wetlands Centre.

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.

Independent Support logoChanges for families with children who have special educational needs

As mentioned in the last bulletin from 1st September there will be changes to the way children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) are supported. The changes are introduced in a new law called the Children and Families Act 2014.

As part of the reforms each local authority will have independent support workers to work with families to support them through the process of either a transfer from a statement to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or starting a new EHC plan.

Sunderland Carers’ Centre are going to be delivering the contract for Independent Support to families in the Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields area and will help parents and young people through the process. For more information please contact Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768.

Caudwell Children in the North East

Caudwell Children provides family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and those with complex health needs and their families across the UK. They work with children and young people up to their 19th birthday in families earning less than £44k per annum.

For more details contact Michelle Dias, Family Support Services Co-ordinator for the North East on 07875 206 760, email or visit their website - click here

Hendon Young People’s Project – The New Horizons Senior Group

Is your child 13 – 19 years old? Registered with a disability and has nothing to do on a Monday night between 5.30pm and 8pm?

The New Horizons Senior Group at Hendon Young People’s Project provides the opportunity for young people to meet in a safe and nurturing environment where they are able to develop personal and social skills.

Young people actively participate in the planning of the sessions which include out of centre activities. In house activities include: arts and crafts projects, pool, table tennis, computers, arcade games, cooking and many, many more.

If you would like more information please contact Jude on (0191) 553 7717 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 8th September and Monday 15th September, 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 are on Saturday 30th August and Saturday 27th September, 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, 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 19th September, 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 meetings of the Transition Support Group will be on Thursday 28th August and Thursday 25th September, 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.

Inclusion Youth Clubs

Inclusion Youth Clubs are for children aged 13 – 19 years and have activities such as pool, football, arts and crafts, cooking, and computers. They are a great opportunity to make new friends. If your child is interested please call Angie Mills on (0191) 561 7401.

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

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 September.

3 week cookery workshop, Sunnyside School, Coulby Newham, Tuesday 2nd, 9th and 16th September, 4 – 5.30pm. Suitable for visually impaired children aged 8 and over.

Family Day at Newham Grange Farm, Coulby Newham, Saturday 20th September, 11am – 3pm. Meet and pet the animals and enjoy the farm’s many attractions.

Drop in session at Alan Shearer Centre, Newcastle, Saturday 27th September,
12 noon – 4pm. Facilities include interactive sensory rooms, ball pool, music room, hydrotherapy room (must be pre-booked), woodland walks and outdoor play area.

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

North of England Collaborative Cerebral Palsy Survey (NECCPS) Conference

NECCPS are holding their annual meeting and conference on Monday 20th October at The Durham Centre, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham DH1 1TN. The cost is £10 for parents / grandparents / carers of a child with cerebral palsy.

Click here for the registration form