There are a variety of ways that you can get involved and help to support the vital work that we provide to young and adult carers in the city. Whether you can volunteer your time, skills or expertise to helping raise funds for our charity, all support or involvement is very much appreciated.

Volunteer with us

Volunteers play a valuable role within Sunderland Carers Centre. They do this by enabling us to provide additional services and activities that support carers and enable them to take a welcome break from their caring situation.

Our volunteer roles allow individuals to use their skills and knowledge, share an interest or personal hobby, or develop new skills. Volunteer hours are flexible and although we ask for some commitment, we won’t have expectations beyond what you can offer. Volunteers can claim out-of-pocket expenses, will be supported and appropriate training provided.

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Our volunteering opportunities include:

Carer support (within reach)

Within Reach is a befriending / peer support programme to support those carers who are most at risk of becoming isolated and lonely due to their caring role. Within Reach volunteers will be matched to carers and provide a regular contact for a chat.

Information and advice

Information and advice play a crucial role in improving the quality of life for carers. Volunteers host information stands at various venues and events around the city.

Carer group support

Carers find it useful to meet up as a group for peer support. Volunteers provide a welcoming environment for carers, helping with teas and coffees and working with the carers to plan a programme of activities and talks.

Activity support

We provide carers with a variety of craft activities and interest talks. Volunteers who enjoy arts and crafts support this by bringing their interests and skills and developing sessions for the carers. Volunteers can lead on activities or help at sessions.

Office support

Volunteers support our ‘front of house’ staff by welcoming people into the building, making sure they sign in and are directed to where they are going. Other duties may include general office tasks such as photocopying, shredding, filing etc.

Garden volunteers

Sunderland Carers Centre has a large garden that needs continuous attention. We have a group of dedicated volunteers that come in when they can to weed, and generally tidy up. They often come as a group but also will pop in individually to ‘potter’.

Other opportunities

Sunderland Carers Centre continuously develops services for carers and other opportunities for volunteering often arise. If you would like to explore how you can support us, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 0191 549 3768 or email

Board of Trustees

Sunderland Carers Centre are an independent Charity, established in 1994, that provides a range of services to young and adult carers. The organisation is led by a Board of Trustees who are responsible in ensuring that we are compliant with Charity Commissions and Companies House laws, in addition to providing the strong strategic direction of the charity.

Our Current Board of Trustees include:

  • Chair – Stuart Bain, The Reverend Cannon
  • Vice Chair – Julie Gray
  • Treasurer – Mike Brewster

Raise funds for us

Many people raise funds for their favorite charities and by doing so can really change peoples lives. Join us in our work to help change the lives of young carers and adult carers of all ages. Even a small amount can make a difference.

Whether you are organising your own event of taking part in a sponsored activity, your fundraising donations are vital in supporting us to develop services and continue supporting carers in Sunderland.

If you would like to discuss a fundraising idea, please contact us on 0191 549 3768 or click here.

A gift in your will

Leaving a legacy in your will is a very special way of supporting Sunderland Carers Centre. It is easy to include a gift in your will, but you should always consult a solicitor or financial adviser to be sure that your wishes truly reflect your exact intentions. A legacy gift of any size can really make a difference to our services and our support to carers in Sunderland.

If you want to discuss leaving a legacy to Sunderland Carers please contact our Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Brown.

In Memory of a Loved One

When a loved one dies you may wish to suggest that family and friends give an In-Memory donation to Sunderland Carers Centre. This generous support means we can continue to support young and adult carers in Sunderland.

Making gifts in Memory can be arranged through your funeral director or sent directly to Sunderland Carers Centre. Please make cheques payable to Sunderland Carers Centre.

Give as you Live

Did you know, every time you shop online you could raise FREE donations for us? It takes 2 minutes to sign up to Give as you Live, and they’ll turn a percentage of everything you buy via their site into a donation to us!