Parents in the city are being urged to use free services in a bid to tackle loneliness, after a shocking new study.
Research by Action for Children revealed that almost a quarter of parents in Sunderland feel isolated, lonely and cut off at times.
Based on the views of almost 2,000 parents, the results showed 22 per cent of people found their feelings of loneliness have become worse since becoming a parent.
After this study, Sunderland Children, which runs from five centres across the city, providing activities and support to families with pre-school children, is encouraging parents to make use of the free play and development sessions, available to meet new people and grow their support networks.
Sunderland’s children centres are a safe haven for children and parents.
For more information about activities visit www.sunderlandchildrenscentres.co.uk.