York Carers Centre news
Thank You Volunteers
It’s National Volunteers Week and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our committed volunteers, who generously offer their skills and time to help carers in York. From the board of trustees and office volunteers to those who help carers at groups across the city – we’re extremely grateful for your support.
We’re currently seeking volunteers to help on our school summer holiday programme of activities for carers aged 5-18. Training, expenses and DBS check are all provided. Volunteers can help weekly or less frequently; we do ask for a commitment of 2 events or more during the summer holidays. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
If you’re interested in all types of volunteering in York then visit York’s Volunteering Fair 4 June from 3-6 pm at CVS, Priory Street.
Celebrate Carers Week
Carers Week 2019 runs from 10 to 16 June, an annual event marking the invaluable role of unpaid carers in our families and communities. Next week our team will be in the community with advice stalls in a range of locations, raising awareness of caring and the free support available to carers across our city. Visit our website to know more.
Carers Week is brought to life by communities and workplaces holding events like coffee mornings to raise the profile of caring, and helping to connect carers with support. Find out how your workplace or community can get involved by visiting www.carersweek.org
New drop-in for mental health carers
In conjunction with York Mind’s Health and Wellbeing programme, we’ll be offering a new monthly drop-in for mental health carers from July. These sessions are aimed at people who are caring for younger people in transition between CAMHS and adult mental health services, or carers who are in the early stages of caring, or carers who are caring for someone in crisis. The sessions are for carers only and will be informal and supportive. Please get in touch if you would like more information. Date/time and venue details will be shared next month. For more about the full York Mind Health and Wellbeing Activities programme please visit www.yorkmind.org.uk
York Carers Centre regular services
Carers Café and Hubs
Carers of all ages are welcome to drop in to our community meet ups where you can enjoy free refreshments and the opportunity to chat to other carers. You are welcome to bring the person you care for and there’s no need to book. A Carer Support Worker will always be there to provide support if needed. You can come to any community hub, regardless of where you live in the city.
- The next Carers Café is on Wednesday 5 June at St. Sampson’s Centre, Church Street from 10 to 11.30 am.
- The next Haxby Hub is Thursday 20 June at Costa Coffee, Ryedale Court Shopping Centre, Haxby from 10 to 11.30 am.
- The next Acomb Hub is Wednesday 26 June at Lidgett Grove Community Café, Wheatlands Grove, Acomb from 10 to 11.30 am.
Do you need information or advice about your caring role or the person you care for? If you have any questions or would like to know more about benefits, community care, carers rights, disability rights or employment rights then you can phone our specialist Advice Line on Wednesday evenings 5 to 8pm on 01904 715490.
Substance Misuse Support Group
A monthly group for carers affected by substance misuse to drop in and seek advice, information and guidance. The next session will be Wednesday 19 June from 1.30 to 3.30 pm, in the Community Room at Tesco Askham Bar. There is no need to book if you have been before. If you are new to the group please phone us to make a short appointment with the group facilitator before it starts.
York Mental Health Carers Group
A monthly group for family members/carers of someone with mental ill health to chat with others and stay up to date with developments in local services. The next group will be Wednesday 12 June from 7 to 9 pm at 30 Clarence Street, YO31 7EW. There’s no need to book, however please let us know if you’ll be coming for the first time. Carers can request to be added to our monthly mental health e-bulletin for more specific mental health updates.
Carers Action Group
A small group of carers come together to raise issues which affect them, and plan to influence or directly make positive changes. If you are interested in this group please contact us on 01904 715490 for more information.
News from other organisations
Film at the Folk Hall
On Friday 7 June at 7 pm there will be a free showing of Evelyn, described as ‘a fantastic, hard to watch, emotional and life affirming film’. The event is part of York’s Suicide Safer Community Concept and offers the chance to watch the film in a supportive environment, along with talks and representation from charity Papyrus. To book, visit www.filmfolkhall.eventbrite.com and to know more about wider prevention work happening in York contact Andy Chapman, Suicide Prevention Lead Andy.Chapman@york.gov.uk
Homeshare York is a new service that matches an older homeowner or couple (where one or both are carers), with a younger person in a homesharing arrangement for mutual benefit. Homeshare gives the older homeowner the opportunity to continue living independently, whilst providing an accommodation solution to a young professional or mature student. For more information please call Toria Morris, Homeshare Coordinator at City Of York Council on 01904 552898 or email email@example.com
Out of Character
Out of Character invite you to a free, debut performance of their new play, ‘In/Significant’ on 11 June at 7 pm at York St John. Part of the York Festival of Ideas, the play was devised based on input from mental health service users, carers and professionals and forms part of a trilogy which focuses on fresh visions for mental health in York. More information and tickets are available on www.eventbrite.co.uk .
The Hut would love to see you
The Hut is a charity aiming to bring creativity and purpose to adults with learning disabilities and/or mental health conditions. A range of activities, crafts, life skills programmes and groups such as the men’s lunch club are offered. If you would like to know more please visit www.thehutyork.co.uk .
Surveys and Consultations
Your views on patient transport
Do you care for someone who uses NHS-funded transport? If so, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust would like to hear from you. The information gathered will be used to make improvements to the quality of the service you receive. If you’d be willing to share your experiences, good or bad, please register your interest on 01924 584148 or yas.PTSmessages@nhs.net. You’ll be contacted to invite you to complete a short survey, attend a focus group or discuss your thoughts over the phone, depending on your preference.
Helping to beat dementia
Join Dementia Research is a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society and other charities/research organisations who aim to understand causes and effective treatments and care through improved medical research. Join Dementia Research is aimed at people with dementia and their carers, though anyone can take part, and they are looking for people to participate in their studies. If you would like to be involved you can find out more on www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk
More about York Carers Centre
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