Carer support groups give time for carers to socialise, share information & offer support.
They are so normalising.

At various stages of our lives, most people have experience of being a carer.  The types, levels and amounts of caring required can vary greatly and supporting a person with dementia may have additional issues to overcome. Hence why the Essence Service provides this much needed space and time for carers at our get togethers.

We have some great news – we can now offer support for the person you care for so they can come along too!
We have a new day and time for the monthly Carers Peer Support Group.
This will now be the first Wednesday of the month starting on Wednesday 5th February 10am – 12 noon at the Essence Service, Sir Thomas Allen Centre, Doxford Park.

The next drop in is:

Wednesday 1st April 2020, 10am – 12 noon.

The drop in will be held at The Essence Service, Sir Thomas Allen Centre, Mill Hill Road, Doxford Park, Sunderland, SR3 2ND.

Carers are not obliged to to stay the full 2 hours, the sessions are on a drop-in basis.


We will be providing some light refreshments and aim to keep the groups as informal as possible.  We want people to feel relaxed.

In recent months, qualified therapists have attended the sessions offering relaxing treatments to carers with positive benefits.

We also had a visit from the Sunderland Carers Centre in November.  Their Carers Assessment Workers gave us information on how to access a carers assessment, as well as the benefits, etc.  It was useful and helpful.

Please come along, it would be great to see you there.

Comments from carers who have attended our past groups have included how isolated and alone they sometimes feel.  Knowing that they can meet and be supported by others going through the same thing has been a great comfort once they have taken that first step to come along.

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

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