York Carers Centre

York Carers Centre


Christmas opening hours

We will close at 5pm on Thursday 21 December 2017 and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

We will not be checking our answer machine or emails during this period.

If you need urgent help when we are closed:

  • Adults should contact City of York Council’s Customer Access and Assessment Team on 01904 555111 or email adult.socialsupport@york.gov.uk
  • Children and young people should contact City of York Council’s Advice, Assessment and Early Intervention Service on 01904 551900 or email childrensfrontdoor@york.gov.uk
  • If these teams are unavailable contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01609 780780


Job vacancy – Young People’s Sessional Worker

We are seeking to recruit a Young People’s Sessional Worker to support young carers by planning and delivering group activities/events and youth clubs. The initial position is for Thursday evenings 5 to 9pm, and one to two hours in the office each week, between January and April 2018. Other hours will be available by arrangement. A driving licence and access to a car that can be used for work is essential. Closing date is 6 December.

If you would like to talk about this position please contact Liz Roberts on 01904 715490, or visit our vacancy page for an application pack.


Carer Wellbeing Programme

York Carers Centre in partnership with York Mind, Converge, St Nicks, York LGBT Forum, Sunshine Changing Lanes and Kindlewoods are delivering a bespoke range of activities to support individuals’ mental health and wellbeing.

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.

Our third block of workshops will be Nutrition for Carers with Sally Duffin, on Wednesdays 24 January to 28 February 2018, 2 to 3pm at St. Aelred’s Community Centre, Tang Hall, YO31 0PN.

You can download the brochure for the whole programme on our website.

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 activities@yorkmind.org.uk.


York Carers Centre regular services

Carers Café

Our next Carers Café is Wednesday 6 December, 10 to 11.30am at the Spurriergate Centre, York. There will be no January meeting. 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.


New Carer Hubs

Our Carers Hubs are changing from December 2017 in order to best use our resources to support carers. They remain a 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:

As of Thursday 21 December we have a new Haxby Hub which replaces the New Earswick Hub. This will meet on the third Thursday of the month at Costa Coffee, Ryedale Court Shopping Centre, The Village, Haxby, YO32 3SA, 10 to 11.30am.

Acomb remains the second Monday of the month (11 December, 8 January)at the new time of 1 to 2.30pm at Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street, Acomb, YO24 3BX.

The Tang Hall Hub will become a Health and Wellbeing Hub, please see the wellbeing article above for details of our current provision. Future sessions to be confirmed.

For more information please contact us 01904 715490 or email enquiries@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk


We will also have staff available for carers to talk to at Tang Hall Lane Surgery, Tang Hall, YO10 3RL on Wednesday 24 January 9 to 11am.


Advice Line

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.


York Mental Health Carers Group

The next support group for carers of people with mental ill health is on Wednesday 13 December, 7 to 9pm, at Hamilton Panthers Football Club, Knavesmire, York. This will be our Christmas party and there will be food and live music. Carers only.

The January meeting is on Wednesday 10.

Please contact us to register your interest if you’ve not attended the group before on 01904 715490 or Lowra.kitchingman@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk. You can also contact Lowra to be added to the mental health carers mailing list for more specific mental health information and updates.

Additionally a member of the York Mental Health Carers Group will be at every Carers Café so there is an extra chance for mental health carers peer support there.


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 ones are Wednesday 20 December and 17 January. 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

York Disability Pride

York Independent Living Network are facilitating a wide range of events over Friday 1 to Sunday 3 December to celebrate Disability Pride. There will be Cabaret, debates, poetry, doodles, films and more. Please see https://yiln.org.uk/ for more information.


Christmas Fair

Tang Hall Explore Library are holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday 2 December 9.30am to 12.30pm. Admission is free and there will be a variety of stalls there, including St. Nick’s, a tombola and refreshments.


York RI Rugby V Bumble Bees RUFC

On Sunday 3 December York RI Rugby are playing against Bumble Bees RUFC in a mixed ability full contact Rugby Union game at York RI, New Lane, York, YO24 4NT.

Admission is free. Kick off is 2pm, bar open from 1pm. Raffle, pie and peas available.


Carol Services

York Alzheimer’s Society invite you to join them at their annual Christmas Carol Service on Thursday 14 December 2 to 3.30pm, at St. Edward the Confessor Church on Tadcaster Road. Refreshments will be available after the service.


York In Recovery will be hosting a Christmas Carol Service at St. Helen’s Church on Stonegate,  on Wednesday 20 December 1 to 3pm. It is a service for everyone and anyone, whether staff or clients, family members and friends, and of any or no religion. Please come along and join in with the festivities! The service will last approximately 1 hour and will include personal recovery stories and traditional carols.

Refreshments and mince pies will follow.


Autism Friendly Santa’s Grotto

Kindred Spirit is holding an Autism Friendly Santa’s Grotto on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December at the Wilberforce Trust, Huntington.

There will be, amongst other things:

  • Train rides
  • Sensory room
  • Pet handling zoo
  • Bouncy castle
  • Cakes, snacks and drinks
  • Sensory and non-sensory presents.

The grotto is open to all ages and siblings are also welcome.  For more information, and to buy your tickets, contact Kerrie on 07401 893439 or at www.kindredspirityork.co.uk


A Song and a smile

York Parkinson’s support group offer “A song and a smile”, an informal and uplifting singing group for people with Parkinson’s and their carers, to help with breathing, speech and motivation. 3 to 4pm on Wednesdays at The Old School, Wigginton. Contact Sylvia on 01904 490987 or Thea on 01904 634390 for more information or help with transport www.parkinsons.org.uk


Live Well with Dementia

York Alzheimer’s Society run a programme called Live Well with Dementia. This programme has been designed for those people in the early stages of dementia, with a diagnosis, to gain understanding and skills that will help with managing everyday situations.

The next free 6 week course will take place on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 12pm starting 23 January 2018 and finishing Tuesday 27 February 2018. It will be held at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Lane, Bishopthorpe, York YO23 2QG.

For further information please contact Alzheimer’s Society on 01904 567701 or email yorkservices@alzheimers.org.uk


Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course in York

Tees, Esk and Wear Valley’s NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) Mindfulness Team are offering the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Courses in York in January.

The courses are open to:

  • People who have experienced repeated episodes of depression or;
  • people who are stressed by caring for (or parenting) someone with mental health problems (which would include a learning disability, dementia or autism for example)

MBCT is recommended as an intervention to reduce rates of relapse in people with recurrent depression and there is also a good deal of evidence for mindfulness being helpful for stress reduction. The courses are for anyone over the age of 18.

You are asked to first go to a taster session and then decide whether or not to self-refer for a course. The next taster is:

Quaker Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York on  Monday 11 December 1 to 3pm.

There is no need to book onto a taster, you can just turn up. For more information please contact tewv.mindfulness@nhs.net, phone 01325 552017 or visit their website www.tewv.nhs.uk/mindfulness.


Service user network

Tees, Esk and Wear Valley’s NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) would like to invite service users and carers to join their Service user network. The meetings are held at the Quaker Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York on the last Thursday of the month. The first few for 2018 are 25 January, 22 February and 29 March, 1.30 to 3pm. Refreshments available. For further information please contact Heather Simpson (Involvement & Engagement Lead York & Selby) on  01904 556920 or email heathersimpson1@nhs.net.


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

enquiries@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter @yorkcarers


We pass on information from other relevant organisations that may be of interest to carers. This does not necessarily mean that we recommend or endorse the views expressed on them.

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