The Sunderland Empire has a Charity of the Year scheme which has raised thousands over the years and have chosen Age UK Sunderland as their nominated charity for 2018.

As the Essence Service is an Age UK Sunderland project, we are over the moon! Thankyou!

See the recent article in the Sunderland Echo




Our newest outreach:

The Essence Service has a new venue for clients and carers to meet and chat.

This regular event is held in the Bistro area of the Sunderland Empire every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm – 4pm.
Entry is via ‘The Contact Centre’ entrance which is located at the side of the theatre building (opposite the Dun Cow Pub).

Light refreshments are provided.

Please come along and support this new venture and access this beautiful theatre.


Head to for info re our other outreaches across the city.


If you have any questions, call the Essence Service on 0191 5221310, email or drop in to the Essence Service, at the Sir Thomas Allen Centre, Mill Hill Road, Doxford Park, Sunderland, SR3 2ND.





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