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Sunderland People First Winter Newsletter

Check out Sunderland People Firsts latest Newsletter by clicking HERE.


Sunderland People First Job Opportunities

Sunderland People First currently have two new job opportunities available:

Perceptions Project Worker - £17,000 per annum


Project Support Advocate - £5.30 - £7.20 per hour (age dependant)

For more information and details regarding submitting an application CLICK HERE


Calling all Cardiovascular Disease CVD Carers!

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term that describes a disease of the heart of blood vessels (heart disease, stroke etc).

In Sunderland, people die earlier from CVD than in many other places across the UK. There are many factors which contribute to this, however NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), that the organisation responsible for planning and buying local healthcare services, wants to do all it can to change it. This is one of the reasons it is reviewing services for people with CVD.

Over the coming months you can help us to do this, by sharing you knowledge and experiences of services with us. So, if you care for someone with CVD, and are interested in helping us, please let us know by getting in touch with Val at the carer’s centre. We will be compiling a list of interested people, and you may be invited to discussion events or to complete surveys. This is entirely voluntary and you can change your mind at any time.

Thank you in anticipation of you help and support.


Council review of its Contribution Policy

The Council are undertaking a review of its Contribution Policy and a consultation is now underway with individuals who currently receive social care support, act on someone’s behalf who receives social care or have received a care assessment and may receive social care in the future.

The consultation is taking place because the Council is currently considering a number of proposed changes to the Contributions Policy that would affect the way it financially assesses contributions for the care people receive at home and in the community. The Contributions Policy was last updated to take into account the requirements of the Care Act 2014 but is still based on the same principles that ensure a person’s contribution is based on affordability and fairness. Before making any final decisions, the Council wants to know what people think of the proposals.

Please see the official letter of invitation to take part by clicking here: Customer Consultation Letter

To view the proposed changes and fill in a questionnaire, please click here: Consultation Questionnaire


Alxheimer's Society - Do you care for someone with dementia?

We understand that caring for someone with dementia can be stressful and that sometimes carers can experience anxiety and depression. To help carers with coping strategies, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society have developed and are evaluating a new therapy to be delivered online called ‘Caring for Me and You’.

If you’re a carer and sometimes find things difficult, and are comfortable using a computer, you might be eligible to help trial this new therapy to test how effective it is.

If you’d like to find out more information about this research, please visit: or click HERE to view the flyer.


One Night Only!!!

The Tarantara Choir will be Performing at Sunderland Minster on the 16th July at 7:30pm and are kindly donating all proceeding to the Sunderland Carers' Centre! Click HERE to view the flyer!

Tarantara is a mixed choir comprising over 50 enthusiastic singers whose aim is to enjoy performing a very mixed repertoire of music to the highest standard. The choir was formed in 2003 and is a registered charity. Tarantara is regularly invited to perform its concerts to organisations and charities at venues across Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, helping local charities and communities raise money for good causes.

Don't miss out!! Visit to read more about the Choir.

For ticket enquiries and sales please call:
0191 565 4066

Ticket costs:


Contact a Family North East News Activities and Events

Check out Contact a Families North East page for News, Activities and Events coming up in the North East by clicking HERE!

Transition Market Place and Seminar Events
Contact a Family SEND Workshops
Future Steps Summer Sessions
The Sight North East Exhibition

Also! Click HERE for their Summer 2016 newsletter full of summer survival and back to school tips.


Sunderland Care and Support Annual One Mile Celebration Walk

Sunderland Care and Support Would like to invite you to take part in their Annual one mile Celebration Walk at Herrington Country Park.

The walk is on 26th August 2016 from10am to 12am.

Please click HERE for more information and the registration form.


Sunderland People First Summer 2016 Newsletter

The summer 2016 issue of the Sunderland People First Newsletter is not available. Click HERE to view.



Caring with Confidence course for substance misuse/addiction carers!

Sunderland Carers' Centre are offering a free Specialised caring with confidence course for carers looking after someone with substance misuse/addiction problems.

The course will be held here at the centre and starts 2nd August 2016. The course runs for 4 weeks. For more information and to book a place, see the flyer by clicking HERE.


Carers Trust - Young Carers Artist Competition 2016

Take part in Carers Trusts annual artist competition!

What do you need to do?

You need to create a picture or design on a landscape A4 size piece of paper. The design should have a Christmas theme, use your imagination and make it bright and colourful! It may be drawn or painted in crayon, pastel, acrylics, poster colour, collage or a mix - use white or coloured paper and fill the paper with your design. So have fun and create something different!

What will I win?

There will be 3 winners who will receive a framed copy of their entry, a £40 gift voucher and be invited to attend a presentation, with their parents or guardian, at the Carers Trust Network Conference at Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth on the 21 November 2016. You will receive 2 nights accommodation and tickets to Warwick Castle. The winning entries will be judged on the entry design and the artist’s age.

The closing date for entries is Friday 19th August 2016.

For more information visit the Carers Trust website or Click Here to download an application form.


Green Doctor Plus in Sunderland

Green Doctor Plus is a new project by Groundwork designed to improve the health of people in Sunderland living in cold homes in low income and vulnerable households by tackling fuel poverty, helping people to better manage energy and water consumption to save money and reduce exacerbations of health problems caused by living in a cold home. To qualify for the service households must contain  one or more of the following:

  • People aged over 65
  • People with COPD or childhood asthma
  • People with CVD
  • People with a mental illness
  • People with dementia
  • Families with children under 5
  • One or more pregnant women
  • People in emergency accommodation

Each household will receive measures specific to their needs. Please CLICK HERE to download a full brochure.


Alan Shearer Centre - Half Term Activities

Please CLICK HERE for a list of free upcoming events being held at the Alan Shearer Centre over the half term holidays.

Booking is essential. For more information or to book please call Centre Manager, Amanda Head, on 0191 267 8118


Carers Coffee Morning - Sunderland Royal Hospital

The Sunderland Royal Hospital are holding a Carers coffee morning in celebration of Carers Week 2016!

The coffee morning will run from 11am to 2:30pm in the Training and Education Centre at the Sunderland City Royal Hospital.

Click HERE to view the flyer.


The 'Communities Can' Programme

If you are a community group or organisation based in Sunderland benefiting local people and have an annual income under £10,000 then the Communities Can programme (funded by the Big Lottery Fund) may be able to help.

Sunderland is one of only 5 areas in England in which Communities Can is being piloted and they are looking especially for those groups which find it difficult to find support from elsewhere or which do not know from where they can get help locally to develop their offer.

Since the summer launch of Communities Can, 51 groups and organizations in Sunderland have already received a support package from this programme!

CLICK HERE to find out more about how Communities Can can help you improve your group/organisation.


The Tall Ships are coming to Sunderland in 2018 and Sunderland City Council is looking for young people to be ambassadors with a fantastic opportunity.

Ambassadors will be individual focal points for the promotion of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

Tall Ships Sunderland 2018

Ambassadors will represent Sunderland City Council as the young and knowledgeable faces of Sail Training and generate a buzz of excitement around the 2018 event.

They will also be given the opportunity to take part in the Tall Ships race in July 2018.

For more information CLICK HERE


Washington Mind will be closed on
Wednesday 27th April 2016

Plublic notice for Washington Mind users:

There will be no appointments in the community venues or the Life House all day. Groups and activities are also cancelled for the day.

This will allow for essential Life House maintenance and staff training will be undertaken.

It will be business as usual on Thursday 28th April.


Twiddlemuff Gang - new knitting group for carers

TwiddlemuffsAre you a carer who likes to knit or would like to learn to knit?

Come along to our new 'Twiddlemuff' knitting session on

Wednesday 27th April

1pm - 4pm

at the Carers' Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, SR5 1SF

We are making knitted muffs that can help agitation and restless hands of people with dementia to donate to the Alexandra Centre Dementia Unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The 'Twiddlemuff Gang' meets fortnightly. All materials and knitting needles provided.

The project has been kindly funded by the Muckle LLP Fund.


To All Young Carers and their Families

Rainbows and Rollercoasters Project logoJust to let you know, following on from our consultation with you all in February where we asked you lots of questions about what should be available for young carers in Sunderland and then followed by the fantastic news that we won the lottery! (actually the People’s Projects Big Lottery Fund for our Rainbows and Rollercoasters project), we are all currently working very hard planning our next steps at Sunderland Carers’ Centre on how we can ensure as many new and previously known young carers can benefit from the work of Sunderland Carers’ Centre.

It was fantastic to read about the number of people who voted for us and we are now looking forward to see how the project will support young carers across Sunderland.

Watch this space – we will keep you informed of the new and exciting plans in the very near future.


Carers' Afternoon Tea

Afternoon TeaTo celebrate Carers Week 2016 carers are invited to join us for

Afternoon Tea

Friday 10th June 2016

12 noon - 3pm

Sunderland Carers' Centre

To book your place please call

(0191) 549 3768 or click here to email

by Frday 27th May 2016.


PAG Carers Group - Visit to Souter Lighthouse

Souter LighthouseThe PAG Carers Group will visit Souter Lighthouse on

Friday 6th May

10am - 12 noon

Click here for more details

If you would like to attend please contact Andrea Lanaghan on (0191) 549 3768.


Book of Remembrance for Denise Robertson

Denise RobertsonFrom Monday 11th April until Friday 15th April we will have a book of remembrance and condolence for our patron Denise Robertson at the Carers' Centre.

We would like to invite you to call in any time next week to sign the book.

If you are unable to come to the Carers' Centre you may also leave your messages on our facebook pages.


Check your prescription

Check your prescription logoSunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging people to check their prescription to help reduce medicine waste and help save NHS funds.

Click here for more details

Antibiotics are not always the answer

Antibiotics are not always the answer logoSunderland CCG have also launched a campaign to raise awareness about the use of antibiotics.

Click here for more details


Do you have a long term health problem or look after someone who does?



All Together Better would like to find out what you think about local health and social care services.

All Together Better is a new service that brings together health and social care staff along with a range of other organisations, including charities and carer support agencies, to help people stay as well as possible and in their own home.

All Together Better is for people in Sunderland with long-term health problems or disabilities, but who need a little extra, short-term care to prevent them going into hospital if they don’t need to be there, or support them after they’ve been discharged from hospital.

Please fill in their survey - click here

If you would prefer a printed copy of the survey you can send back free of charge please call (0191) 561 3328 or email

Closing date: Saturday 30th April 2016


Have you recently received equipment from Sunderland Community Equipment Service?

If so the service would be very grateful for your help. They are continuously trying to improve services for patients in Sunderland, and are currently reviewing the community equipment service. It would help them to do that if you could take some time to answer a small number of questions.

Below is a link that will take you to a short survey. In order for them to be able to include your responses in their review, they need to receive your reply by Friday 22nd April 2016.

Click here to take part


What do you think about the services provided by Sunderland Carers' Centre?

Sunderland Carers' Centre wants to give as good a service as possible to carers and we would like your views on the services we provide.

Please help us and take part in our short survey:

Click here to take part


How can the government improve support for carers?

The Department of Health wants to know how they can improve support for carers.

Tell them your thoughts.

Click here to take part

Consultation closes 30th June 2016.


Carers Week Trip to Scarborough

Carers Week logoThe Carers’ Centre is organising a coach trip to Scarborough on Wednesday 8th June.

This is a great chance to have a day to yourself and meet other carers.

The coach departs from Toward Road bus stop next to Mowbray Park at 9.30am prompt and plans to arrive back about 5.30pm.

The cost is £5 per carer (non-refundable) and carers will be asked to complete and sign a health and safety agreement form. Carers must book individually (no block bookings) and must be over the age of 18.

Please call into the Carers’ Centre or phone 549 3768 to book. Places are limited. Your place will be confirmed on payment of your £5. Payment must be in cash (no cheques). Please do not send cash in the post. Payment must be received by Friday 13th May.

If you are unable to come to the Centre to pay and complete the form please contact the Carers’ Centre and we may be able to make other arrangements with you.



Complementary Therapies at Sunderland Carers' Centre

HOPS logoHOPS Wellbeing Service are offering complementary therapies for carers at the Carers' Centre - massage, shiatsu, reiki/healing, indian head massage or reflexology.

Half hour treatments cost £12; full hour treatments cost £24.

Appointments available every 30 minutes between 10am and 4pm on the following dates:

Thursday 14th April

Tuesday 26th April

Thursday 12th May

Tuesday 24th May

Thursday 9th June

Tuesday 28th June

To book please ring HOPS on (0191) 548 3722 or email



Parent Carer Information Bulletin April 2016

The new edition of the Parent Carer Information Bulletin is now available.

Click here to view


Sunderland Carers' Centre Newsletter April 2016

Newsletter April 2016The April 2016 edition of the Sunderland Carers' Centre Newsletter is now available.

This edition includes articles on:

  • Young Carers Awareness Day
  • Chief Executive Officer Update
  • Caring for Carers Awards
  • Carers Week
  • Caring with Confidence
  • HOPS therapies
  • The Twiddlemuff Gang - our new knitting group

Click here to view


We have won The People's Projects!

Our Young Carers Rainbows and Rollercoasters Project wins The People's Projects.Sunderland Carers' Centre is delighted to announce that thanks to all your votes and support our Young Carers 'Rainbows and Rollercoasters' Project is one of this region's winners in ITV's The People's Projects competition winning an amazing £49,865 of Big Lottery funding.

A massive THANK YOU to you all!  Please share the good news with everyone.


State of Caring Survey 2016

Carers UK is conducting its annual survey to find our what life is like for people who are caring and what needs to change to make life better.

Click here to take part

The closing date is Friday 15th April 2016.


National Hate Crime Awareness Week 8 - 14 February 2016

Safe Reporting Centre logoCrimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported to the police.

Sunderland also has a number of Safe Reporting Centres where you can report incidents and access help and information in a supportive environment.

Look for this logo.

Sunderland Carers' Centre is a Safe Reporting Centre.


Young Carers Awareness Day

Young carers are missing out

Young Carers Awareness Day logoIn the last few months Carers Trust have been asking young carers what they are missing out on due to their caring roles.

* 80% of young carers said they are missing out due to caring

* 82% are missing out on seeing their friends

* 60% are missing out on events and activities

* 56% are missing out on their hobbies

* 47% are unable to complete homework due to caring

Sunderland Carers' Centre can offer help and support to young carers and young adult carers aged 5 - 25. For more information call us on (0191) 549 3768 or visit our young carers website - click here


Carers Rights Day - Friday 20th November 2015

Carers Rights Day logoThank you to everyone who dropped in to our Carers Rights Day Open Day and helped us celebrate 21 years of campaigning for carers' rights in Sunderland.

If you were unable to attend you can find out more about carers' rights in the new Carers Rights Guide by Carers UK.

Click here to view


Annual General Meeting

Stuart Bain addresses the AGMThank you to all the carers and partners from other agencies who attended our AGM today at The Place.

Thank you also to Stuart Bain (pictured) and Carol Freeman, who completed their terms as Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Sunderland Carers' Centre after six years.

Click here to read our Annual Report


Valuing Carers 2015

A new report by Carers UK reveals that carers in the UK save the economy £132 billion per year.

In Sunderland carers save the economy £736 million per year.

Click here to read the report


Caring and Social Isolation

21st anniversary logo8 in 10 carers in Sunderland feel socially isolated

Today at the Canine Companions Dog of the Year Show Sunderland Carers' Centre revealed the findings of an online survey completed by 91 carers about how they are affected by social isolation.

80% of these carers said they feel alone, lonely or isolated some or all of the time.

One of the aims of Sunderland Carers' Centre's 21st anniversary year is to raise awareness about the impact that social isolation can have on carers in Sunderland.

Click here to find out more

If you are a carer who feels isolated and would like support please contact the Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.


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