Carers' Drop-In at Houghton Primary Care Centre
Sunderland Carers' Centre will be holding a Carers' Drop-In at Houghton Primary Care Centre (within the Rehabilitation Unit), Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5HB on Tuesday 2nd July, from 9.30am - 12.30pm.
Come along for advice and support or to find out how the Carers' Centre can help you.
Parent Carer Information Bulletin July 2013
The new edition of the Parent Carer Information Bulletin is now available.
Click here to view
Spending Review 2013: What it means for carers
The Spending Review announced by the Chancellor yesterday sets out Government spending plans for the financial year 2015 - 2016.
The Chancellor announced over £11 billion of cuts on top of existing reductions and detailed where these cuts would fall between Government departments.
Carers UK have produced a briefing which sets out the major announcements in policy areas which affect carers and gives Carers UK's verdict on what the changes will mean to families with caring responsibilities.
Click here to read the briefing
Carers' Centre receives £450 donation from the 'Walk in Celebration of Carers'
As well as celebrating carers in Sunderland, Friday's 'Walk in Celebration of Carers' raised an amazing £450 which has very kindly been donated to the Carers' Centre.
We would like to thank everyone who took part in the walk and in particular Washington Multi-Purpose Centre for organising it.
It was a memorable day and this is a special donation. We very much appreciate it.
Click here to find out more about the walk
Does your GP care about carers?
Nominate them for the Caring About Carers Awards
Carers Trust, The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Carers UK are calling for nominations from carers for the national 'Caring About Carers Awards' that recognise the work of GPs and GP practices in supporting unpaid carers across the UK.
Click here for more details
Click here to view the promotional poster
The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 31st July.
Sunderland Young Adult Carer wins North East Young Adult Learner Award
Congratulations to Jordan Haynes, one of our young adult carers, on winning the NIACE North East Young Adult Learner Award.
Jordan has reached his level two in Youth and Community Work and is now hoping to gain his level three.
He has worked very hard and we now employ him as a sessional worker with our younger groups. His aim is to be a full time Young Carer Worker.
Gabrielle, David, Becky and Rachael are heading off to Africa!
Sunderland Carers' Centre is delighted to announce that young adult carers, Gabrielle Neale, David Harrison, Becky Slater and Rachael-Louise Chapman, have successfully raised the £8000 they need to be able to take part in the Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme.
On 15th July they will be flying out to Tanzania where they will be spending four weeks in Moshi helping in the orphanages. The group have designed a health programme which they will deliver and they will also help build a play park in the orphanage grounds for the children.
It took a lot of hard work for them to fundraise the £8000 but they got there with a lot of local support.
Becky said "I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us on our journey."
The group will keep us updated on what is happening from Tanzania via our Facebook page - technology permitting!
Disability Specific Swim Session - Saturday 29th June
The next disability specific swim session for disabled children and their families will take place on Saturday 29th June, 4pm - 5pm, at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre.
The cost is £2.10 per person or £5 for a family ticket (maximum 2 adults and 2 young people).
Click here for more information
MPs debate carers in Parliament
On Thursday 20th June, MPs debated the subject of carers in Parliament. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from the Rt Hon Paul Burstow and Barbara Keeley.
Click here to watch the debate and read a transcript
A Walk in Celebration of Carers 2013
People from across the community gathered in Herrington Country Park this morning to support 'A Walk in Celebration of Carers'.
The Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Bob Heron, officially started the walk at 11am with all those taking part receiving T-shirts, medals and goodie bags to commemorate the event and their participation.
Up to 200 people with learning disabilities, carers and representatives from various organisations walked an accessible one-mile route through the Country Park to recognise and celebrate the important role played by the 32,500 carers across Sunderland looking after ill and disabled family members or friends.
The walk was organised by Washington Multi-Purpose Centre, part of Sunderland City Council’s Health, Housing and Adult Services, to link in with National Carers Week. It was supported by Sunderland Carers’ Centre and ASDA.
Well done to everyone who took part. It was a brilliant morning.
Click here to find out more
Thank you to Sainsbury's for supporting Carers Week
Sunderland Carers' Centre wishes to thank Sainsbury's for supporting Carers Week 2013.
During the week we held information stalls in the Fulwell, Sunderland North and Washington stores and as a result made contact with 142 carers, the majority of whom did not previously know about the Carers' Centre. This was a great success for us.
Sainsbury's also provided shopping bags for those carers travelling to Harrogate on the Carers Week trip filled with goodies to occupy them on their journey and donated food and gift cards for the Young Carers Barbecue.
Pictured above (from left to right): Heather Smith from Sainsbury's Fulwell store, Wendy Greenhow from Sunderland Carers' Centre, and Margaret Cook from Sainsbury's Sunderland North store.
Walk in Celebration of Carers
People from across the community will gather in Herrington Country Park tomorrow to support 'The Walk in Celebration of Carers'.
The Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Bob Heron, will officially start the walk at 11am with all those taking part receiving T-shirts, medals and goodie bags to commemorate the event and their participation.
Up to 200 people with learning disabilities and carers will walk an accessible one-mile route through the Country Park to recognise and celebrate the important role played by the 32,500 carers across Sunderland looking after ill and disabled family members or friends.
The walk has been organised by Washington Multi-Purpose Centre, part of Sunderland City Council’s Health, Housing and Adult Services, to link in with National Carers Week. It is being supported by Sunderland Carers’ Centre and ASDA.
Good luck to everyone who is taking part.
Sunderland Open Door Evening Group - Change of venue
Please note there has been a change of venue for tonight's Open Door Evening Group meeting which usually meets at The Old Town Hall, Southwick.
Tonight's meeting will be held at Sunderland Carers' Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF, 6.30pm - 8.30pm.
Sunderland Carers' Centre apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.
Male Carers walk the Seaham Circular Walk
On Thursday 6th June members of the Male Carers Group walked the
3-mile Seaham Circular Walk, led by group member Ashley Sutherland.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon which made the walk even more enjoyable. The group stopped for refreshments at a local pub.
The Male Carers Group has guest speakers and social activities for male carers and usually meets the first Thursday of every month, 1pm - 3pm (but this may vary depending on the activity).
If you are a male carer and would be interested in joining the group for future activities please contact Gina or Dave at the Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768.
Carers Coffee Morning - Monday 17th June
The next Carers Coffee Morning is on Monday 17th June, 10.30am - 12 noon, at Sunderland Carers' Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF.
All carers welcome - no matter who you care for. Come along for a cuppa and chat with other carers.
City Hospitals Sunderland supports Carers Week
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust is supporting Carers Week (10 - 16 June).
In celebrating the week the Trust has undertaken a number of initiatives, including:
- loading a screen saver onto all computers to raise the profile of carers within the Trust
- launching a frequently asked questions booklet for carers
- refreshing the information on their intranet site to remind staff to identify carers and include them in the patients' care
- giving information to staff who have caring responsibilities
Pictured above: Julie McDonald, Head of Nursing and Patient Experience, City Hospitals Sunderland, and Lisa Hall, Information Officer, Sunderland Carers' Centre, at the Carers Week Information Stall held today in the Outpatients Department of Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Prepared to Care? New report launched in Carers Week
A new report 'Prepared to Care' has been launched today at the beginning of Carers Week 2013.
Carers from across the UK were asked how caring impacted their lives.
Click here to find out what they said
Caring for Carers Awards 2013
Sponsored by The Co-operative Membership
Sunderland Carers' Centre are pleased to announce the winners of this year's Caring for Carers Awards.
Workers and volunteers from the health, social care and voluntary sectors were presented with Caring for Carers Awards and certificates at a Carers Week Presentation Ceremony today at the Stadium of Light.
The aim of the awards is to give unpaid carers who look after ill or disabled family members or friends the opportunity to nominate and thank workers who have supported them in their caring roles and made a real difference to their lives.
Click here to find out who the winners were
Out and About in Carers Week
Sunderland Carers' Centre is working in partnership with other organisations during Carers Week (10 - 16 June) to give information and advice to carers.
We will be hosting information stalls across the city:
Tuesday 11th June, 9.30am - 4.30pm
at Sainsbury's Fulwell Store
Tuesday 11th June, at Sunderland Royal Hospital
10am - 1pm in the Outpatients Department, Chester Wing
1pm - 4pm in the Hylton Block, Level B (next to the lifts)
Friday 14th June, 9.30am - 4.30pm
at Sainsbury's Sunderland North Store and Washington Store
Come along and see us!
Sunderland Carers' Centre comes out top in ASDA Washington's Charity Token Scheme
The ASDA Charity Token Scheme gives customers the chance to donate a green token, given to them at the checkout, to one of three nominated charities. The charity with the most tokens receives a cheque for £200.
Over the past few weeks Sunderland Carers' Centre has been one of the three charities taking part in the scheme at ASDA's Washington store and we are delighted to say we collected the most tokens.
Thank you to ASDA Washington for choosing us to be one of the charities, to carer Janet Raine for nominating us to ASDA, and to everyone who donated their tokens to us.
Pictured above: Carer Janet Raine (right) receives a £200 cheque, on behalf of the Carers' Centre, from ASDA Washington.