Information and advice
Sunderland Carers’ Centre can provide information and advice to carers to help them in their caring role. As everyone’s caring situation is different, we can give carers information relevant to their particular needs. This may be information about a specific illness or condition, or information about local services available for both carer and the person they care for.
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Welfare benefits advice
Sunderland Carers' Centre does not provide advice to carers about welfare benefits.
Click here to find out where to go for advice on benefits
Support and a listening ear
As a carer you can sometimes feel alone and need someone to talk to about your caring situation. Sunderland Carers’ Centre can offer one-to-one support and a listening ear to carers. Workers can speak to carers over the phone or meet them at the Carers’ Centre, in the carer’s own home or at another convenient meeting place. If carers work during the day, workers can arrange appointments outside normal office hours.
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Support at meetings
Sunderland Carers’ Centre can accompany and provide support to carers at meetings with health, social care services and other agencies. Examples of such meetings include carers’ assessments and reviews and assessments for the cared-for person.
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When you are a carer it is easy to become cut off from your friends and outside interests and often you feel that you are the only person in this situation. To help reassure carers that they are not alone Sunderland Carers’ Centre runs a number of carers’ groups to give carers the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation.
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Summer Carers' Group Programme
Circle of Friends Group
Courses and Caring with Confidence
Sunderland Carers’ Centre runs a variety of courses for carers to give them the opportunity to develop their skills and to learn about things that may help them in their caring situation.
Caring with Confidence is a series of free local group sessions for carers over 18. The sessions help carers make a positive difference to their life and that of the person they care for. Themes range from handling emotions and looking after your own health to dealing effectively with professionals and service providers.
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Forthcoming Training for Carers:
Caring with Confidence
April - June 2013
'The Place', Athenaeum Street, Sunderland SR1 1QX
Sunderland Carers’ Centre arranges social activities and events throughout the year to give carers a break from their caring responsibilities and enjoy some leisure time with other carers.
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Future social activities:
Carers Coffee Morning
Monday 20th May, 10.30am - 12 noon
Sunderland Carers' Centre
Carers Coffee Evening (including Bingo)
Wednesday 5th June, 6.30pm - 8.15pm
Sunderland Carers' Centre
Carers Week Trip to Harrogate
Wednesday 12th June
Bookings taken from Tuesday 7th May
All carers welcome.
Sunderland Carers’ Centre produces a free newsletter every two months to keep people up-to-date with services for carers. For many carers the newsletter is the main, and sometimes, the only contact they have with the Centre. Some carers may not need regular advice and support or may be unable to attend carers’ groups or social activities because of work or their caring responsibilities. The newsletter can keep them informed about what is happening locally and nationally.
Carers can join the newsletter mailing list to receive the newsletter and other mailings via post. Please call Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768 or send an email giving your name and postal address.
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Parent Carer Information Bulletin
The Carers’ Centre also produces a free monthly Parent Carer Information Bulletin for parents and carers looking after disabled children under 18 years old.
Parent carers can join the parent carer mailing list to receive the bulletin and other mailings via post. Please call Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768 or send an email giving your name and postal address.
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Opportunities to influence service development
Sunderland Carers’ Centre enables carers to work together to give carers a voice to influence policy and service development for the people they care for and for themselves as carers. Carers are invited to give their views to the Centre as individuals, through groups or specially arranged meetings.
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Recent examples and consultation reports:
Click here to look at recent examples and consultation reports
Current consultations and future events:
Click here for details about current consultations and future events
Are you feeling the financial strain?
Feedback on recent consultations:
Click here for feedback on recent consultations
Sunderland Carers' Management Board
Click here to find out more about the Sunderland Carers' Management Board
Support and activities for young carers
Sunderland Carers’ Centre provides support and activities to young carers. A young carer is a young person aged between 4 and 25 who is looking after a family member with an illness or disability. They may care alone or as part of a family.
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Carers Trust also has a national website for young carers. Click here
If you are a professional and would like to find out more about young carers the following publications may be of interest:
Recognising young carers - a practitioners guide
Young carer's school card leaflet
Breaks and opportunities for carers
The Carers Breaks and Opportunities Scheme (CBOS) offers carers the chance to take a break from their caring responsibilities or take part in opportunities or activities of their choice that will help to maintain or improve their quality of life. It can also provide care to the cared for person whilst the carer has a break from their caring responsibilities.
The scheme is open to adult carers, parent carers of disabled children, young carers and group applications.
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