VCAS 2020 News Update 30/03/20

COVID19  Information from East Area Committee Sunderland City Council:  Community Resilience Support available in Doxford, Hendon, Millfield, Ryhope and St Michael’s ward 30 March 2020 Households with people who have acquired a brain injury or suffered with a stroke Headway Wearside share information and give ideas for activities within the home to people living in Sunderland.  Search for them on Facebook, or ring Kim 07830346985 Support for people who are self isolating due to cancer FACT Sunderland are offering support with household products and food to people who have to self-isolate due to receiving treatment, or suffering from cancer.  If you need to contact the Team please call 07759139351 or email info@fact-cancersupport.co.uk St Benedict’s Hospice provide a variety of support for people who are in the at risk group due to a terminally ill disease, for further information ring 0191 512 8400. Digital Offer – keep safe and busy in the house Active Families NE are providing fun and active sessions for toddler, children, parents and carers.  To join the fun, log onto their Facebook and message them for details. Bethany City Church are providing virtual support to people living in Sunderland, i.e. coffee mornings, check their website or Facebook page for further information. Life Kitchen are providing online cooking classes to you to enjoy.  See their Facebook page for further details. Media Savvy are providing adult learning classes and live streaming to keep our minds busy and improve our skills and knowledge, search for their website or Facebook page for further information. Raich Carter, Everyone Active is offering virtual fitness and exercise classes to members, to join in the fun search for them on Facebook. Sunderland Libraries are providing access to a wide variety of e-books, to get access check out www.sunderland.gov.uk/libraries Mental Wellbeing Support IMPACT North East have volunteers offering telephone / video counselling and group support to people living in Sunderland.  Also, they have set up a support project for blue light workers offering telephone counselling.  Search for them on Facebook. North Star Counselling provide online and telephone support, and post out support packs to children, contact Nicola on 07717288713 for further information. Sunderland Counselling Services will be running as usual, but have adopted a non-contact policy.  These means appointments will be carried out by telephone.  With Team members contacting clients to make suitable arrangements.  If you live in Sunderland and need support you can call the Team on 0301231145  between 9am – 4.30pm or email: office@sundelandcounselling.org.uk Sunderland Mind’s staff are busy working from home to provide as much support for the community as possible. If you need to contact the Team they are available Monday - Friday between 10am and 2pm. Any messages left will be answered as soon as we can. Our current phone number is 07984595542 If you are in crisis: Samaritans provide a 24/7service which is free to call on 116 123 https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/  Crisis support can be reached by calling Sunderland crisis team: 0301231145


Support for Carers More Than Grandparents are offering support to kinship carers who are raising their grandchildren or a relative or friend’s child in Sunderland by providing home delivery services and ideas on how to entertain the children.  Based in Hendon you can call Melanie on 07501 191 338 or email morethangranparents@gmail.com, www.morethangrandparents.com for further information

Sunderland Carers Centre, although the building is closed to the public the Team are still working and are asking that any carers living in Sunderland wishing to access the service to do so by calling 0191 549 3768, using the quick contact section of our website or by messaging us via social media (Facebook/Twitter). Support to children and young people Blue Watch Youth Centre are providing support to children and young people who live in Ryhope and St Michael’s wards, by providing virtual support via WhatsApp and Facebook, including quizzes, bingo and much more, check out https://www.facebook.com/Bluewatch-173060182871690/ CHANCE are providing a variety of services to people in the East End, Hendon, from general advice to  meals to kids on free school meals, and supporting low income families with washing powder, etc.  Contact Julie via Facebook or ring 0191 567 0978. Fiscus are providing support to households in Sunderland with essential goods and bundles for babies, find the Team on Facebook. North Star Counselling provide online and telephone support, and post out support packs to children, contact Nicola on 07717288713 for further information. Sunderland Mind’s staff are busy working from home to provide as much support for the community as possible. If you need to contact the Team they are available Monday - Friday between 10am and 2pm. Any messages left will be answered as soon as we can. Our current phone number is 07984595542 Support with households who are self-isolating and have no families or relatives to support them Age UK Sunderland.  If you know of anyone who is over 55 years who lives in Sunderland and cannot get out for their shopping due to the pandemic can they ring