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.
Follow the links below to look at some of the recent examples of how carers in the city have been given the opportunity to influence policy and service development and to read the consultation reports.
Carers’ voices being heard at the Winterbourne View Inquiry - January 2012
After the report about Winterbourne View, the Care Quality Commission whose responsibility it is to monitor standards within Health and Social Care recruited family carers to be ‘Experts by Experience’ to take part in a number of inspections of residential accommodation for people with learning disabilities.
Gaynor Mitchell, a family carer from Sunderland, volunteered to be part of these inspection teams and also agreed to attend the National Valuing Families Forum in January 2012 where the Winterbourne View case was discussed. The links below are the notes that Gaynor took at the forum.
Family Carers' Experience of Assessment and Treatment Units
Do we need Assessment and Treatment Units?
Family Carer Perspectives
Gaynor is also a member of the Carers’ Management Board.
Click here to find out more about the Carers' Management Board
Care and Support Alliance Campaign for Social Care Reform - February 2012
Over 50 charities representing older and disabled people, those with long-term conditions and their families (including The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Carers UK) have been working together to call for the Government to reform the social care system. On Tuesday 6th March 2012 they held a Lobby of Parliament.
Sunderland Carers' Centre supported the campaign and arranged for a group of carers from Washington and Sunderland West to meet their local MP, Sharon Hodgson, to discuss the issues.
Click here for more information
Think Family Event, June 2011
Sunderland Carers’ Centre and the Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council run events to ensure we have the right topics at the front of our agenda when working to improve services for carers and their families.
A “Think Family” Event was held on Thursday 16th June at the Stadium of Light to ask parent carers and young carers what families wanted to make life better for the whole family.
Click here for more information and to read the report from the event
"Carers Poverty Alliance" Petition - Local Campaign May 2011
Like carers across the country, many carers in Sunderland signed the 'Carers Poverty Alliance' petition. The petition was presented to 10 Downing Street during Carers Week and called on the Government to recognise the huge financial sacrifice carers make.
On Friday 20th May 2011,as part of Sunderland Carers' Centre's local campaign, all three Sunderland MPs met some of their constituent carers at local meetings in Washington, Houghton-le-Spring and Sunderland.
The MPs listened to carers about their financial concerns and worries about welfare reform.
Click here to find out more about the campaign events
Washington Carers Consultation, November 2010
On Wednesday 3rd November 2010 a group of carers from Washington met with local councillors and members of the Washington Area Committee to discuss issues affecting them as carers.
Click here for more information and to read the report from the consultation event