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News Archive December 2012

Free Christmas TV and outgoing calls for hospital patients

Do you have a relative or friend in hospital over Christmas and the New Year?

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust are offering patients free outbounds calls commencing Wednesday 19th December until Thursday 3rd January, inclusive. Patients can call any BT landline number with an 01, 02 and 03 prefix and there will be no limit on the number of calls, time of day or call length.

Patients can also get free TV, channels 1 - 5, as follows:

Christmas Eve: morning TV from 9am - 12 midday

Christmas Day: morning and afternoon TV from 9am - 3.30pm

Boxing Day: morning TV from 9am - 12 midday

Click here for more information

18.12.12


Christmas Closing Dates

Sunderland Carers’ Centre will be closed from 12.30pm Friday 21st December until 9am Wednesday 2nd January.

If you feel stressed and need support during this time you could ring the Mental Health Matters Helpline tel: 0800 013 0626 from 5pm to 9am weekdays and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays, or The Samaritans tel: 08457 90 90 90 anytime. You can also contact Sunderland City Council at any time over the holiday period tel: 520 5555. If you have a social care emergency outside normal office hours, on weekends or public holidays, you can contact the Out of Hours Service tel: 520 5515.

If you feel that you do need to speak to the Carers’ Centre, staff have volunteered to monitor the answerphone on 27th, 28th and 31st December. Your message will be picked up and dealt with if it is urgent.


17.12.12


Census reveals a major rise in numbers of unpaid family carers

The number of people providing unpaid care for disabled, sick or elderly relatives and friends has risen substantially in the last decade.

Census data released by the government reveals that the number of carers increased from 5.2 million to 5.8 million in England and Wales between 2001 and 2011. The greatest rise has been among those providing over 20 hours care – the point at which caring starts to significantly impact on the health and wellbeing of the carer, and their ability to hold down paid employment alongside their caring responsibilities.

Across England and Wales there are now a staggering 2.1 million people providing over 20 hours a week - a rise of almost half a million people in the last 10 years. Those providing the most number of hours of care – over 50 hours a week and very often caring round-the-clock - has in itself risen by 270,000 and is up from 1,088,000 to 1,360,000.

In Sunderland there has also been an increase in the number of carers - from 31,864 to 32,531. Of these 9,621 people provide 50 or more hours of unpaid care a week.

12.12.12


'Time Well Earned' Photographic Exhibition - extended!

Carer, Ashley Sutherland is pictured on Tunstall Hill.The 'Time Well Earned' Photographic Exhibition will be open to the public for an additional 3 days, to 4.30pm on Wednesday 19th December.

The exhibition highlights the importance of family carers taking a break from their caring role and features photographs by Daniel Dale giving a fascinating insight to some of the hobbies carers enjoy when they get those much needed breaks.

The exhibition is at 'The Place' Gallery, Athenaeum Street, Sunderland SR1 1QX and is open 9am - 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday and 9am to 3.30pm on Friday.

Please drop in and have a look.

12.12.12


Christmas Open Day and Fundraiser raises £433

A fantastic £433 was raised at our Christmas Open Day and Fundraiser on Friday 7th December.

The money was raised via a raffle, tombola and the sale of cakes, savouries, books and bric-a-brac.

The raffle was drawn by the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Iain Kay, and Mayoress, Councillor Barbara McClellan.  The winning tickets were 144, 278, 325, 264, 311, 175, 466, 23, 123, 444, 9, 423 and 62. 

The following raffle prizes remain unclaimed: 278 (wine) and 23 (chocolates).

Sunderland Carers' Centre would like to thank everyone who came along to the event, the staff, carers and volunteers who baked cakes, donated items and helped on the day, and the Irish Dancing Group for entertaining us and getting us into the festive spirit.

The money raised will go towards the work of the Carers' Centre.

10.12.12


Carer wins OLYMPUS camera at the 'Time Well Earned' Photographic Exhibition

OLYMPUS logoCongratulations to carer Theresa Jefferson from Pallion who was the winner of the free OLYMPUS digital camera prize draw held at the private view of the 'Time Well Earned' Photographic Exhibition on Friday 30th November.

Thank you to OLYMPUS for showing their support for the exhibition and for recognising the vital role and contribution carers make, day in, day out.

You still have time to pop in and see the free exhibition which is running until Friday 14th December at 'The Place' Gallery, Athenaeum Street, Sunderland SR1 1QX.

'The Place' Gallery is open 9am - 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday and 9am - 3.30pm on Friday.

Click here for more information

06.12.12


Join us at our Christmas Open Day and Fundraiser

Why not join us at Sunderland Carers' Centre and kick start your festive season at our Christmas Open Day and Fundraiser taking place on Friday 7th December, from 10am - 2pm.

The Christmas elves have been busy again, weaving their crafting and baking magic to tempt us to bag a Christmas bargain or two!

The Carers' Centre will be filled with music, good cheer and some nifty footwork from our very own group of Irish dancers!

Feel free to drop in, enjoy a cuppa and soak up the festive atmosphere.  No need to book, just turn up on the day.

04.12.12


Graham Burt joins Sunderland Carers' Centre as the New Senior Manager

Graham Burt, new Senior Manager at Sunderland Carers' CentreSunderland Carers’ Centre is pleased to announce that our new Senior Manager is Graham Burt.

Graham starts work at the Carers’ Centre today and is very excited to be taking over the role from Ailsa Martin.

He has worked with the Carers’ Centre for a number of years whilst in various posts at Sunderland City Council. In the past he has also been a member of the Board of Sunderland Carers’ Centre.

Graham says “I am really looking forward to working with the team at Sunderland Carers’ Centre and to meeting as many carers as possible.

I feel honoured to be representing the Centre and the great number of carers in Sunderland who rely on the work of the Centre to support them through difficult times. I realise following on from Ailsa will be a massive task but I am determined that the way the Centre supports carers continues to the very highest standards possible. I am also looking forward to meeting the many partners who work with and alongside the Carers’ Centre to support and recognise the role of carers in Sunderland.”

03.12.12


'Time Well Earned' Photographic Exhibition now open to the public

Carer, Ashley Sutherland is pictured on Tunstall Hill.The 'Time Well Earned' Photographic Exhibition, which had its private view on Carers Rights Day on Friday 30th November, is now open to the public.

The exhibition highlights the importance of family carers taking a break from their caring role and features photographs by Daniel Dale giving a fascinating insight to some of the hobbies carers enjoy when they get those much needed breaks.

The exhibition runs from Monday 3rd to Friday 14th December at 'The Place' Gallery, Athenaeum Street, Sunderland SR1 1QX.

'The Place' Gallery is open 9am - 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday and 9am to 3.30pm on Friday.

Click here for more information

03.12.12

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