TALENTED carers showed off their creativity at a new talent show.
Sunderland’s first-ever Carers Have Talent show took place Washington Arts Centre.
As well as show-stopping performances on stage, there were examples of handiwork, including needlework, drawings and woodwork, on display.
The event marked the end of Carers Week 2014 and also celebrated national Young Carers Day.
The talented youngsters wowed the audience with their singing, Irish dancing, hula hooping and acro-gymnastics.
Sunderland’s Mayor Councillor Stuart Porthouse, accompanied by the Mayoress, wife Marie, opened the event.
He said “All of the acts are winners. It takes a lot to get on stage and perform. I am looking forward to next year.”
The event was organised by Sunderland Carers Centre, a charity which offers a confidential information, advice and support service to carers.
Graham Burt, the Centre’s chief executive officer, said: “Looking after someone can often have an impact on your own health and well-being so it is very important that carers are able to have time away from their caring responsibilities and to do things that they enjoy.
“It is hoped that this event will have inspired and encouraged other carers to take part in new activities and to develop new skills.”