Welcome to the August 2017 email update from York Carers Centre.
York Carers Centre
Carer wellbeing programme
York Carers Centre in partnership with York Mind, Converge, St Nicks, York LGBT Forum, Sunshine Changing Lanes and Kindlewoods have an exciting new opportunity to deliver a bespoke range of activities to support individuals’ mental health and wellbeing.
Activities will run across the year, with staggered start dates and include guided learning such as Mindfulness, vocational courses, facilitated peer support, green exercise, woodland well-being sessions, social events and support groups.
An important part of the programme is that participants will be able to select those activities that they feel will support them most based on their own interests, needs and goals.
The Activities Programme is funded by City of York Council for three years and reflects its commitment and investment in mental health provision and the early intervention and prevention agenda.
York Carers Centre will be delivering 3 blocks of carer well-being sessions, each one 6 weeks long. Carers can attend all 6 sessions or individual workshops as stand alone sessions.
The first block is 6 weeks of Exploring Carer Wellbeing with Christine Bailey, and will run on Wednesday afternoons from 9 August until 13 September, 1.30 to 3.30pm at St.Aelred’s Community Centre, Tang Hall, YO31 0PN.
Christine Bailey is a qualified counsellor with lots of experience and understanding about how we often lose ourselves when we care for others. All materials will be provided and the venue is accessible.
York Mind will provide the single point of access for participants to book on to activities. For further information or to book please contact York Mind on 01904 643364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are often approached by the media to ask for carers stories to help raise awareness of carers of all different ages and backgrounds. This happens particularly around events like Carers Week in June and Carers Rights Day in November. As well as local and national media, we are always keen to have these stories in our newsletter. If you would be interested in sharing your story or experiences within our newsletter, or would be happy to be approached by other media (this would always come through York Carers Centre first), please contact Emma Keef on 01904 715490 or email@example.com. Thank you.
York Carers Centre regular services
Our next Carers Café is Wednesday 2 August, 10 to 11.30am at the Spurriergate Centre, York. Please come along and enjoy a free drink and teacake and an opportunity to meet other carers. You can bring the person you care for if you wish and there’s no need to book. The Spurriergate Centre is wheelchair accessible. There will be a Carer Support Worker there each month to talk to and we bring lots of information from other organisations to look at.
Our Carers Hubs are a monthly chance for carers to get together in their local community to meet other carers and take a break from their caring role while having a chat and a cuppa in a friendly space. You are welcome to come to any or all of the hubs:
Thursday 3 August 10 to 11.30am at the Friends Meeting House, New Earswick.
Monday 14 August 1 to 3pm at Acomb Methodist Church, joined by our Advice and Benefits Worker, Andrew Davies.
Tuesday 15 August 10am to 12noon at St. Aelred’s Community Centre, Tang Hall, joined by new Local Area Co-ordinator Jennie Cox.
For more information please contact Sam Ferguson on 01904 715490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We also now offer pop up hubs in different locations across the city to enable us to reach more carers:
Wednesday 23 August 9.30am to 11.30am at Lidgett Grove Community Café, Lidgett Grove Methodist Church, 60 Wheatlands Grove, York, YO26 5NH. Age UK will also be attending.
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 now phone our Advice Line on Wednesday evenings 5 to 8pm. Talk to Andrew or Shirley on 01904 715490.
Carers Mental Health Group
The next support group for carers of people with mental ill health is on Wednesday 9 August, 7 to 9pm, at the new venue of Hamilton Panthers Football Club, Knavesmire, York. Refreshments provided. Carers only. Please contact us to register your interest if you’ve not attended the group before on 01904 715490 or Lowra.email@example.com
Substance Misuse Support Group
A monthly opportunity for carers affected by substance misuse to drop in for a coffee and a chat about what’s going on for them, seek advice, information and guidance. It is held on the third Wednesday of the month, 1.30 to 3.30pm in the Tesco Community Room, Tescos, Askham Bar. The next one is Wednesday 16 August. There is no need to book if you have been before, but if you are new to the group you can phone us to make a 20 minute appointment with the group facilitator before it starts.
News and items of interest from other organisations
IMPS – Sensory Music and Singing and signing workshops
Accessible Arts and Media are holding a series of exciting workshops at York Explore Library.
Sensory music: Ever wondered what a Theremin Bollard is? Or how to make music from a banana?
The workshops will be led by music-technology experts to bring you a session filled with amazing electronic instruments that anyone can play. Aimed at age 10+, but younger kids and siblings welcome! Cost £5/session
Friday 4 August 10am-12pm
Friday 4 August 1pm-3pm
Friday 11 August 10am-12pm
Friday 11 August 1pm-3pm
Sing and Sign a Story
Inspired by the Summer Reading Challenge theme, Animal Agents, we’ll have fun messing about with songs, learning some sign language, making puppets and creating a story to perform. Aimed at ages 5-10, but kids of other ages and siblings very welcome! Cost £5/session
Tuesday 8 August, 10am-12pm
Tuesday 8 August, 1pm-3pm
Tuesday 22 August, 10am-12pm
Tuesday 22 August, 1pm-3pm
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01904 626965.
Hygge in the garden
Hygge (n.) a complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming: taking pleasure from the presence of gentle soothing things.
Kyra invite you to join them for a Hygge inspired day on Saturday 5 August, 11am to 4pm at St Saviourgate Central Methodist Church. There will be a pop up café with afternoon tea, Pimms bar, tasters in complementary therapies, wellbeing activities, a jazz band and more! All proceeds will go to Kyra Women’s Project.
Future Focus – Adult social care transformation programme
The way social care is provided in York is changing. The City of York Council’s focus will be to prevent, delay and manage care needs differently by working with residents to maintain independence and promote resilience through the conversations, contacts, information and support in adult social care.
They would love to hear your views and ideas about:
- The vision for the programme
- The principles that will underpin how we work
- Any ideas you may have for making our vision a reality
- Whether you would like to be further involved and invited to future events
You can feed back in a range of ways:
- Send us your ideas and views on email email@example.com
- Complete the survey at the following link www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FutureFocus17
- Call Healthwatch York on 01904 621133 who will make sure that your views and ideas are fed into the programme
- Visit one of the Healthwatch community drop-ins (visit www.healthwatchyork.co.uk for details)
Friendly researcher needs your help!
Beware of the Bull (a York-based social enterprise) are tackling a really important social care project.
Working with York University researcher Charlotte Russell, they’re exploring a solution to issues faced by long-distance carers and would love you to have your say.
They want to
- identify the biggest barriers faced by carers living an hour or more away from their elderly relative
- establish practical solutions for this underrepresented group
- Develop a website allowing long-distance carers to find one another, chat and share caring responsibilities
They need as much information as possible, to help scope their research. The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SY7CZ9M and closes on Sunday 20 August 2017.
More about York Carers Centre
York Carers Centre helps unpaid carers in York find the support they need. For more information or advice visit
our website www.yorkcarerscentre.co.uk, phone us on 01904 715490 or email
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