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Information and advice

Sunderland Carers' Centre can provide information and advice to carers to help them in their caring role.  As everyone's caring situation is different, we can give carers information relevant to their particular needs.  This may be information about a specific illness or condition or information about local services available for both carer and the person they care for.

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Sunderland Carers' Centre produces a free newsletter twice a year to keep people up-to-date with services for carers.

For many carers the newsletter is the main and sometimes the only contact they have with the Centre.  Some carers may not need regular advice and support or may be unable to attend carers' groups or social activities because of work or their caring responsibilities.  The newsletter can keep them informed about what is happening locally and nationally.

Carers can join the newsletter mailing list to receive the newsletter either by post or email.  Please call Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768 or email

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Welfare benefits advice

Sunderland Carers' Centre does not provide advice to carers about welfare benefits.

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Support and a listening ear

As a carer you can sometimes feel alone and need someone to talk to about your caring situation.  Sunderland Carers' Centre can offer one-to-one support and a listening ear to carers.  Workers can speak to carers over the phone or meet them at the Carers' Centre, in the carer's own home or at another convenient meeting place.  If carers work during the day, workers can arrange appointments outside normal office hours.

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Parent Carer Information Bulletin

Sunderland Carers' Centre produces a free monthly Parent Carer Information Bulletin for parents and carers looking after disabled children aged up to 25 years old.

Parent carers can join the parent carer mailing list to receive the bulletin by email.  Please call Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768 or email

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Support at meetings

Sunderland Carers' Centre can accompany and provide support to carers at meetings with health, social care services and other agencies.  Examples of such meetings include assessments and reviews for the cared-for person.

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Opportunities to influence service development

Sunderland Carers' Centre enables carers to work together to give carers a voice to influence policy and service development for the people they care for and for themselves as carers.  Carers are invited to give their views to the Centre as individuals, through groups or specially arranged meetings.

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Sunderland Carers' Management Board

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Carers' groups

When you are a carer it is easy to become cut off from your friends and outside interests and often you feel that you are the only person in this situation.  To help reassure carers that they are not alone Sunderland Carers' Centre runs a number of carers' groups to give carers the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation.

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Click here to view the latest group programme


Support and activities for young carers

Sunderland Carers' Centre provides support and activities to young carers.

A young carer is a young person aged between 5 and 25 who is looking after a family member with an illness or disability.  They may care alone or as part of a family.

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Click here to visit the Young Carers' Website


Courses and Caring with Confidence Sessions

Sunderland Carers' Centre runs a variety of courses for carers to give them the opportunity to develop their skills and to learn about things that may help them in their caring situation.

Caring with Confidence is a series of free local group sessions for carers over 18.  The sessions help carers make a positive difference to their life and that of the person they care for.  Themes range from handling emotions and looking after your own health to dealing effectively with professionals and service providers. Click here for more information

Are you caring for someone with a Long Term Condition (such as Diabetes, heart disease or COPD respiratory disease)? If you would benefit from some support, information and are you able to attend clinical workshops to help you gain skills and confidence CLICK HERE to find out more. If you wish to join, please download the Referral Form and return by post or email to


BME Campaign

From our history of providing services to carers we know the barriers that are experienced by carers from all communities and cultures and not only from within the BME communities.

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Social activities

Sunderland Carers' Centre arranges social activities and events throughout the year to give carers a break from their caring responsibilities and enjoy some leisure time with other carers.

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Future social activities:

Carers Coffee Morning

Monday 18th May, 10.30am - 12 noon

Sunderland Carers' Centre

The Twiddlemuff Gang - new knitting group

Wednesday 27th April, 1pm - 4pm

Sunderland Carers' Centre

All carers welcome.


Carer's Assessments

Sunderland Carers' Centre delivers carer’s assessments on behalf of Sunderland City Council for adult carers looking after another adult over the age of 18.

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Sunderland Carers' Centre has a facebook page to keep people up-to-date with the very latest news and events for carers.

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Sunderland Carers' Centre is also on twitter.

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Independent Support

Does your child have special educational needs or disabilities?

Need advice and support about Education, Health and Care plans?

Sunderland Carers' Centre provides an Independent Support service to children and young people up to the age of 25 and their families who are transferring from a Statement of Special Educational Need to an Education, Health and Care plan or requesting support for the first time.

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Support for carers of someone with a substance misuse or addiction problem

Sunderland Carers' Centre offers information, advice and guidance to carers of someone with a substance misuse or addiction problem.

Fear, shame and guilt are just some of the feelings that people in this caring situation may experience. Sometimes this can prevent people from either identifying themselves as carers or from seeking much needed help and support.

To watch a short film where carers share their real life experiences and their thoughts of how accessing support, information and guidance has helped them to break down the barriers and stigma associated with their caring role - click here