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Action on Dementia Sunderland

Action on Dementia Sunderland is a voluntary organisation that was formed to provide within the City of Sunderland to people who have dementia and their families, carers and friends.

Age UK Sunderland

Age UK Sunderland helps older people in the area to get more out of later life.  It offers a range of services including free information and advice on eating well, being active, learning new skills, sorting out money and benefits, and volunteering.  Anyone over 50 years of age can access its services.

Carers Trust

This website has sections on what is a carer?, getting help, carers chat, Carers' Centres, money and benefits, and news.

Carers Trust - Professionals

Information aimed at anyone working professionally with carers. It includes sections on health, social care and young carers.

Carers UK

This website includes information for carers, news and campaigns, a directory, publications and a section for professionals.

Care with Nutrition

Carers UK and Nutricia have set up this resource website for carers to easily access information on good nutrition for them and the people they care for.

Cinema Exhibitors Association Card

The CEA card entitles the card holder to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema, provided a full price ticket is purchased for the card holder.  You can apply for the card if you receive Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance or registered as a blind person.  The card is issued to the person who requires assistance to enjoy the cinema.  In this way, there is no restriction on the accompanying person, family, friend, care worker etc. as long as they are capable of offering the required assistance and are aged over 16.  The card costs £6.00.  Applications can be made online as well as by post.

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

This website has a wide range of information on the hospital services provided by the acute trust. There is also a free health information section with information on medical conditions, national support groups, healthy living and useful websites.

Contact a Family

Contact a Family provides advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children. This website includes an A - Z of conditions, with medical information on disabilities and rare disorders and details of support groups, and a wide range of publications which are free to download on all aspects of caring for a disabled child.


The latest information and services from the government.

GOV.UK - Information for Disabled People and their Carers

The latest information and services from the government. The 'Disabled People' section includes information for carers.

Disabled Motorists Federation

The Disabled Motorists Federation (DMF) gives advice to disabled people and their carers on issues relating to motoring and transport matters and has a membership scheme.  Sunderland Carers' Centre is an associate member of the DMF which entitles Sunderland carers to be eligible for all the benefits of membership - click here for more details.

H.O.P.S : Healing Opportunities

HOPS: Healing Opportunities offers quality complimentary healthcare to carers and others who need stress relief and some easing of pain.

Life Card - Sunderland City Council

Life card holders receive discounts and special promotions at Sunderland's leisure centres, sports facilities and Wellness Centres.  if you are a young person aged 3 - 18 and living in Sunderland you can receive a Life card for free.  Adult cards cost from £2.25.  If you receive carers allowance, income support or other benefits the cost is £2.25.

Mental Health Matters Helpline

A confidential service staffed by trained and experienced helpline workers offering emotional support and guidance to people out of office hours.

Telephone / Freephone 0800 013 0626

Opening times: 5pm - 9am weekdays, 24 hours weekends and bank holidays.

Mental Health Matters Time Online

Do you find the idea of talking on the phone about your problems difficult?  Mental Health Matters offers an online chat service in the Sunderland area.  Click on the link above to go to the Mental Health Matters website then click on the live support icon.

Money Advice Service

Free and impartial money advice, set up by government.  Includes advice and guides to improve your finances and tools and calculators to help you keep track and plan ahead.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

This website has information on the range of mental health, learning disability and specialist services offered by the trust. It also includes a patient information section, including leaflets, directories, self-help guides and useful websites.

Rough Guide to Accessible Britain - Family Days Out

This free online guide, produced in collaboration with Motability, features reviews of over 75 accessible venues, attractions and days out across the UK.  Blue Badge and Disabled Persons Railcard holders can also order a printed copy of the guide book for free through the website.

Safeguarding - Keeping children and vulnerable adults safe (Sunderland City Council)

Information about keeping children and vulnerable adults safe and who to contact if you have a concern about a child, young person or vulnerable adult.


ShARP provides a range of services that include advice and guidance (welfare benefits, debt management, housing, employment and energy), training and employment support.

Sibs - Support for adult siblings

Sibs is a project that supports adult siblings who have grown up with a disabled brother or sister.  Sibs offers support with adult sibling issues; has an online forum for adult siblings and a one-to-one buddy network service for adult siblings who have similar experiences; and has information on its website on a range of issues that concern adult siblings.

This website has been launched by Sunderland City Council and its partners to signpost people with autism in Sunderland to the range of local services available to help them find a job.

Sunderland Carers' Management Board

The Carers’ Management Board is comprised of carers whose family members live in 16 small group homes across Sunderland.  These homes used to be run by Northumberland Tyne and Wear Mental Health Trust (NTW) but are currently run by Care Support Sunderland Ltd. The Carers’ Management Board acts as a scrutiny committee to bring areas of concern or of good practice within the homes of their family members to the attention of the Local Authority.

Sunderland City Council

Information about services provided by Sunderland City Council, including sections on advice and benefits, education and learning, housing, leisure and culture, and health and social care.

Sunderland Disabled Children

This website provides information, advice, support and guidance for disabled children with a range of disabilities, young people and their families living in Sunderland.

Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council

This is are a voluntary group of parents, carers and grandparents of children and young people aged 0-25 with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), working together with local organisations to influence services and policies for our children, and those that follow.

Turn2us - to access benefits and grants

This website has a free and confidential benefits checker, which carers can use to make sure they are claiming everything they are entitled to, and a grants database giving access to more than 3,500 charitable funds.

Young Carers Net

This website is for young carers aged under 19 and offers support and advice.