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Who is a carer?

A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability.

This may include helping with

  • washing and bathing
  • dressing
  • feeding
  • cooking
  • housework
  • shopping
  • medication and injections
  • emotional support
  • and much more

Carers can be:

  • male or female
  • any age (including children looking after an ill or disabled parent, brother or sister)
  • from any ethnic, religious or racial background and of any sexual orientation
  • in part-time or full-time employment

Many people do not recognise themselves as carers.  They are parents, grandparents, children, partners, friends or neighbours doing what needs to be done to maintain the quality of life for those they are looking after.  They may not realise that support is available to help them in their caring role.

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What is Sunderland Carers' Centre?

Sunderland Carers’ Centre offers a confidential information, advice and support service to carers throughout the City of Sunderland (including Houghton-le-Spring, Hetton-le-Hole, Easington Lane and Washington).

Sunderland Carers’ Centre is an independent voluntary organisation, registered as a charity, and is a Network Partner of Carers Trust.

The principal funders of Sunderland Carers’ Centre are Sunderland City Council and the newly formed Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

What the Centre can offer?

Sunderland Carers' Centre can provide:

  • Information and advice
  • Support and a listening ear
  • Support at meetings with health, social services and other agencies
  • Support groups where carers can meet others in a similar situation
  • Courses on a range of carer-related subjects
  • Social activities to provide a break for carers
  • Free newsletter every two months
  • Opportunities to influence service development
  • Support and activities for young carers

If you cannot come to the Centre, staff can arrange to visit you at home or other suitable place.

If you work, staff can arrange to meet you outside normal office hours and at weekends.

"The Carers' Centre provides a break from isolation. It is surprising how isolated you can get as a carer. You can make friends through the Centre and people accept you as you are."

"Instead of being isolated at home and worrying about problems alone, it is better to come to the group where concerns can be shared and talked about with other carers."

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