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Parent Carer Information Bulletin April 2015

Welcome to this month’s information bulletin for parents and carers of disabled children.


Parent Carer Coffee Mornings

Due to staff training and the Easter holidays there are no coffee mornings during April. If you need advice or support please contact Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768.

Transition Support Group

This group is open to all parents and carers of young people going through transition from children’s services to adult services.

The next meeting is on

Thursday 30th April
10.30am – 12 noon
at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information please contact Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768.


Information, Activities and Events

For more details on any of the information, activities or events mentioned below please contact the organisations directly or Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768.


Free Family Fun Afternoon

Sunderland City Council in partnership with Sunderland Carers’ Centre would like to invite you to a free family fun afternoon for families with children with special educational needs and disabilities on

Friday 17th April
1pm – 3pm
Hendon Young People’s Project, Church Street, Hendon, Sunderland SR1 2BB

Soft play, sensory, crafts, face painting, refreshments (small charge), information.


Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council

The next meeting of the Parent Carer Council will be on:

Friday 24th April
10am – 12 noon
at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF

New members are welcome.

For more information please contact Wendy Greenhow or Joanne Scott at Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 549 3768.


ADHD Support Group

Are you a parent of a child with ADHD? The Sunderland ADHD Support Group is run by parents themselves and they offer each other advice and support.

The next meeting will be on Monday 20th April, 11.30am – 1pm, at SNYP, 272 Southwick Road, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 1DD.

For more information please email mandicolman@gmail.com


Useful Vision

Useful Vision helps families with blind or sight impaired children get the most out of life. They run fun activities for children from 0 – 19 across the region. All activities are free to families registered with them.

Click here for details of the activities taking place in April


Click here for details of the activities taking place in May

If you would like to register for any of these events, be put on the mailing list for future activities or to find out more contact 0845 6048491 or email office@usefulvision.org.uk


Gentoo Easter Fun Day

Gentoo are holding a free Easter Fun Day at Rainton Meadows Arena on Friday 10th April, 1pm – 4pm.

Click here for more details


Disability Matters – Free E-Learning

Disability Matters offers a range of free e-learning courses to develop people’s communication and problem-solving skills required to engage confidently with disabled children and young people.

Click here for more details


Blue Watch Short Break Club

Blue Watch 'short break' club gives children with a disability opportunities to have fun, do things they enjoy and spend quality time with other children in new environments. It also provides parents and carers a regular planned break from the responsibilities of caring for their children.

The club runs on a Saturday morning 9.45am to 12.45pm with additional school holiday activities. The club provides a range of activities to suit the needs of all children who attend. All activities are fun and educational including arts and crafts, movie time, disco, music, cooking, soft play and adventure playground, swimming, cycling, trampolining, bowling, visits to the cinema and museums and areas of environmental interest.

There is no charge for children to attend.

For more information please contact:

Blue Watch Youth Centre, Burdon Lane, Ryhope, Suderland SR2 0HR

Tel: (0191) 521 4060


Email: bluewatch@bluewatchyouth.com


Short Breaks Caravan at Whitley Bay

Families with disabled children and young people (aged 0 – 25) are able to book a stay at the Shorts Breaks caravan at Whitley Bay. Families do not have to be in contact with the disability team although families that do will have priority.

The caravan is open for business from 20th March 2015 until 2nd November 2015.

The costs are as follows:

Monday to Friday (a four night stay) = £160
Friday to Monday (a three night stay) = £120
Friday to Sunday (a two night stay) = £80

The site is providing complimentary entertainment passes to all bookings.

For more information and to book please contact Karen Spoors on (0191) 561 7161 or email karen.spoors@sunderland.gov.uk

Please note Karen’s working days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.


Activities at Sunderland Libraries

Easter Holiday Children’s Activities

Activities will be taking place in Sunderland Libraries during the half-term holidays – click here for details

The events which say “ticketed” mean that booking is required in advance with the library concerned.

World Book Night

Fancy yourself as a modern Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot? Solve the mystery whodunnit in Sunderland’s first library:

Holy Trinity Church
Church Street East
Thursday 23rd April
6pm – 7.30pm

This event is free and suitable for adults.

For further information and to book a place please contact City Library on (0191) 561 1235.


City Hospitals Sunderland Friends and Family Test

From 1st April 2015 all patient groups (including children and young people) accessing NHS services are able to take part in the Friends and Family Test. The Friends and Family Test gives you the opportunity to provide feedback about the service you have received. This includes all paediatric services such as wards, emergency department, outpatient clinics and day cases.

Outpatient Departments

The Outpatients Friend and Family Test include all services that are delivered within the outpatient department and therapy services in all of the general and acute specialities. It covers patients attending for first appointments and follow-up appointments; consultant led appointments and non-consultant led appointments; telephone appointments and / or home visits; pre-booked appointments and non-pre-booked appointments; and current inpatients who visit an outpatients department during a spell in hospital.

Patients who have multiple outpatient appointments

The opportunity to provide feedback through the Friends and Family Test is available to all patients at any time. If a patient has multiple outpatient appointments they may choose to leave feedback at every appointment, at the beginning or at the end of a course of treatment, or just when they have something specific to say.

City Hospitals Sunderland values your feedback as a means of improving services and celebrating good practice. Please ask for a Friends and Family Test card at your next visit.


Autism Event for Parents and Carers

Hesley Group are hosting a free one day event (including refreshments and a buffet lunch) for parents / carers on ‘Positive Practical Approaches in Autism’ on

Tuesday 12th May
Starts 9.45am, finishes 3.30pm
St. James’ Park, Newcastle

The aim is to help parents and carers gain new perspectives and enhance the support they can provide in positive and practical ways.

Click here to book

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