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Parent Carer Information Bulletin May 2015

Welcome to this month’s information bulletin for parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities up to the age of 25.


Parent Carer Coffee Mornings

Please note our parent carer coffee mornings are now open to any parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities up to the age of 25.

Sunderland Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Thursday 7th May
10am – 12 noon
at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF

Washington Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Wednesday 13th May
10am – 12 noon
at Rainbow Family Centre, 34 Elliot Terrace, Concord, Washington NE37 3AE

Guest speakers: Karen Lightfoot-Gencil (short break services for disabled children - youth provision) and Paul Tomlin (home to school transport).

Houghton Parent Carer Coffee Morning

The next meeting is on

Monday 18th May
10am – 12 noon
at Houghton Primary Care Centre, Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5HB

Guest speaker: Paul Tomlin (home to school transport).

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 28th May
10.30am – 12 noon
at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 1SF

Guest speaker: Paul Tomlin (home to school transport).

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.


Sunderland, Washington and Coalfields Parent Carer Council

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

Friday 15th May
10am – 12 noon
at Houghton Primary Care Centre, Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5HB

New members are welcome.

For more information please contact Wendy Greenhow 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 11th May and Monday 24th May, 11.30am – 1pm, at SNYP, 272 Southwick Road, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 1DD.

For more information please email mandicolman@gmail.com


Access to Short Break Provision – additional needs

For disabled children who require additional support to access leisure activities, and for those whose family need more breaks from caring to support them in continuing to care for their disabled child at home, a range of short break services may be available following an assessment.

An assessment with the disabled child and their family will help to establish how much support they need, including the need for short breaks. The assessment will take into consideration the nature and severity of the child’s disability, the child, and other factors that might be having an impact on the family’s ability to care for the disabled child. It will look at the carers’ needs and the wishes of the disabled child.

Once an assessment is completed, a decision will be made as to whether additional support is required. If so, a tailored package of services, which may include short breaks, will be provided to support them in their caring role. A referral form must be completed and sent to the disability duty officer to be assessed.

Disability Duty Number: (0191) 561 3125 or email child.disability@sunderland.gov.uk

Local Offer

If the disability team assess that additional support is needed then the referral form is sent to the relevant contact at the provision to see if they would be suitable.

The assessment may indicate that support can be accessed through the local offer.

The local offer will provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available including the open access clubs below.

Click here to find out more about the local offer

Access to Short Break Provision and Universal Youth Provision – open access

Young people can self-refer to the youth provision or contact Angie Mills on (0191) 561 7401 or email angela.mills@sunderland.gov.uk. A referral form still needs to be completed to support young people’s access to the provision. Young people can arrange to visit to see if they would like to attend the project and the activities on offer.


Social Inclusion Youth Projects

Free places are available at the five youth projects for young people aged 12 to 19 years with learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD) and the youth project for young people aged 19 to 25 with LDD.

Click here for more details


Sunderland City Council Short Breaks for Disabled Children – Family Questionnaire

Short Breaks for Disabled Children at Sunderland City Council funds a number of organisations and schools to run youth clubs, holiday clubs and short break provision. They would like to know what parents / carers and children think of the short break provision and clubs they access. Your feedback will allow them to respond to the needs of families in Sunderland and ultimately will be used to help shape, develop and improve the service they provide.

Please help by completing this questionnaire – click here

Return your completed form by email to joanne.hunt@sunderland.gov.uk by Friday 15th May.


Start to Smile

People with physical disabilities and/or mental health conditions aged 14 years and over can try Athletics, Boccia and Multi-Sport activities at the Start to Smile launch event:

Wednesday 6th May, 12 noon – 2pm, Newburn Activity Centre, Grange Road Newburn

Click here for more details

For more information please contact Jenni on (0191) 477 4553 or email jenni@smilethroughsport.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 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


Free Paediatric First Aid Awareness Session

Parents and carers of children aged 0 – 19 with additional needs are invited to a free first aid awareness session organised by Contact a Family on Tuesday 16th June, 10am – 12 noon (refreshments included), at Houghton Primary Care Centre.

To book call (0191) 213 6300 or email northeast.office@cafamily.org.uk

Click here for more details


Activities at Sunderland Libraries

VE Day Anniversary Celebrations

City Library and Arts Centre
Friday 8th May
1pm – 2.30pm

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day with vintage singer Kayley Cares. Kayley will entertain you with wartime stories, songs and anecdotes.

For further information contact the City Library on (0191) 561 1235.

Hylton Castle Community Open Day

Hylton Castle
Saturday 16th May
11am – 3pm

Come along and enjoy a range of family fun activities including children’s crafts, storytelling, historical interpretation, castle tours, as well as the opportunity to view the proposed designs for the castle redevelopment. Free admission.

Barnes Park Open Day

Barnes Park
Saturday 23rd May
10am – 5pm

Come along and enjoy lots of fun for all the family in Barnes Park including entertainers, storytelling and much more! Free admission.

Whit Half Term Children’s Activities

There are free craft events in all Sunderland Libraries for the half term holiday.

Click here for more details

Please note the sessions with Susan Bridges need to be booked at the individual library concerned.


Sunderland Empire – Aladdin Relaxed Performance

There will be a relaxed performance of the pantomime Aladdin at Sunderland Empire Theatre on Saturday 2nd January 2016 at 2pm.

The relaxed performance will cater specifically for families and people with learning or behavioural needs such as ASD and ADHD by creating a more relaxed atmosphere.

Click here for more details


Newburn Activity Centre

Newburn Activity Centre in Newcastle has adapted bikes for hire and a great cycle path for kids. Contact Neal Thompson on (0191) 264 0014 or email neal.thompson@newcastle.gov.uk.

Newburn Activity Centre also offers drop in disability sessions and inclusive cycling for all the family at:

Newburn Activity Centre
Grange Road
Newburn
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE15 8ND

Tel: (0191) 264 0014

Click here to find out more


Health Transition Nurse, Learning Disability Service Sunderland

Transition Nurses work in Sunderland and offer health needs assessments and support to young people with a learning disability and complex health care needs to make the transition from child to adult acute health services.

Click here for more information


South of Tyne and Wearside Deaf Children’s Society

Dress Loud for Deaf Awareness – 9th May 2015

Dress ‘loud’ to help raise funds and have fun at the South of Tyne and Wearside Deaf Children’s Society ‘Dress Loud for Deaf Awareness' on Saturday 9th May at Miss Tina’s Coffee Shop, Washington NE38 8JA, 2.30 – 4.30pm.

Click here for more details


Cerebra and St. Chad’s Community Project Support and Learn Together

Cerebra and St. Chad’s Community Project are offering a series of workshops for parents and carers in the region who have children with neurological conditions and additional needs. The workshops start Tuesday 12th May and give you a great chance to learn how specific strategies can be adapted to help all of the children in the family, siblings included.

The workshops cover sleep, diet and nutrition, behaviour, communication and routines, and play and learning.

Click here for the dates and details of how to book your place


Family Fun this Spring at Alan Shearer Activity Centre

The following free activities are taking place in May at the Alan Shearer Centre, West Denton Close, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 7LU.

Monday 4th May – Pirates and Princesses, 12 noon – 1pm
Come along in fancy dress and join the treasure hunt around the grounds.

Saturday 9th May – Sports Day, from 12 noon
Games, races and activities with prizes to be won. Suitable for all abilities.

Saturday 16th May – The Wizard of Oz, 2pm – 3pm
Follow the yellow brick road with the Touring Pantomime Company.

Saturday 23rd May – Baking Day, 12 noon – 2pm
They have the recipes and all the ingredients for some lovely decorated muffins (Don’t forget to let them know if you have any food allergies).

Monday 25th May – Just Jhoom, 12 noon – 2pm
The Bollywood-inspired dance and fitness session.

Tuesday 26th May – Flower Making, 12 noon – 1pm
Make your own paper flower bouquet.

Plus regular free facilities: giant ball pool, hydrotherapy pool, music room and sensory rooms.

Booking is essential. For more information and to book please call the Centre Manager, Amanda Head on (0191) 2678118.

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