York Carers Centre – March Update

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York Carers Centre news

Vacancy – Office Manager

We are seeking to recruit a highly organised and experienced Office Manager to join our friendly dedicated team to oversee the day to day running of our busy city centre office alongside taking an active role in the development of systems and procedures. The post-holder will manage the Reception/Admin Team and volunteers and provide a range of administrative support to senior staff. For more information and details on how to apply please visit www.yorkcarerscentre.co.uk/vacancy/office-manager


Young carers get cooking

16 young carers have completed a course at York Cook School, and another eight have started. It’s going really well and they are learning to make all kinds of things from spring rolls to a roast dinner and delicious puddings!

We have also re-launched Young Carers Revolution, so look out in future roundups and newsletters about their exciting projects. If anyone is interested in our young carer services please contact enquiries@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk


Carer awareness training

‘Identifying and supporting carers’; an introduction to York Carers Centre.

This training session is an opportunity for professionals to learn more about York Carers Centre and the support available for unpaid carers across the city. This will increase your understanding of carers, their role and its effect on their lives.

It is an opportunity to explore how we as professionals working in the health and social care field can help to identify carers early; recognise them as ‘partners’ in care;  and help carers to maintain their own health and wellbeing.

The next one will be Monday 26 March 1.30 to 3.30pm

The contact for bookings is: Sam Varo, Business Support Administrator at Vale of York CCG

Email sam.varo@nhs.net   Phone 01904 551773


We are always grateful for carers input into our training courses; if you feel this is something you would be interested in, please contact us for more information enquiries@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk.


We have three online training courses to help professionals understand and identify carers and their caring role. The courses are free to complete www.ycctraining.co.uk.


York Carers Centre regular services

Carers Café

Our next Carers Café is Wednesday 7 March, 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.


Carer Hubs

Our Carers Hubs are 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:

Acomb, Monday 12 March at Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street, Acomb, YO24 3BX, 1 to 2.30pm.

The Tang Hall Hub has become a Health and Wellbeing Hub, with a block of nutrition workshops already underway. Future sessions can be found on our website www.yorkcarerscentre.co.uk/events and will be in the next email update.

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

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 14 March, 7 to 9pm, at 30 Clarence street, YO31 7EW (formerly known as Sycamore Hosue). Carers only.

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 one is Wednesday 21 March. 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 30 minute appointment with the group facilitator before it starts.


News and items of interest from other organisations

Stroke Association drop ins

There are two My Stroke guide drop ins in March:

Wednesday 7 March 12.15 to 1.45 pm at Acomb Explore Library Café and Wednesday 14 March 10 to 11.30 am at York Central Explore Library.

Sunday Coffee Club

York Mind will be delivering a Sunday Coffee Club 2 to 5 pm, based centrally at 30 Clarence Street, York YO31 7EW. The coffee club will provide a relaxed environment for people with mental health and wellbeing needs to come together and chat and socialise. Light refreshments will be available at a charge.


Active Life, Active Mind

Active Life, Active Mind is a free dementia friendly multi-sport class that is aimed at promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for people living with dementia and their caregivers. There will be a variety of sports and enjoyable physical activities that will be delivered by friendly and welcoming staff. Light refreshments will be available with balcony viewing on site as well. The sessions run every Tuesday 11am to 1pm at York St John university Sports Park, Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA. If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact ysjactive@yorksj.ac.uk or phone 01904 876340.


Every Third Minute

Every Third Minute; a festival of theatre, dementia and hope curated by people living with dementia and their supporters has begun at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Every third minute in the UK someone will begin living with dementia. The festival aims to open up conversations about dementia through theatre with the broadest possible audience.

Getting Along is an exciting new approach addressing the change in relationships between couples where one partner has been diagnosed with a dementia, and is being run by Innovations in Dementia as part of the festival from the 20 to 22 March. For more information or take part in these seminars for couples, or any care-giving partnership, visit www.wyp.org.uk/events/getting-along-seminars-couples


Spring Yoga seminar

A special Yoga, Mediation and Relaxation session connecting with nature, led by Suzy Blackburn at Walnut Studios, Strensall, York, YO32 5UN on Saturday 7 April 10am to 12noon. £10 per person including refreshments. The session will include Asana and Pranayama as well as Meditation and Yoga Nidra (a form of waking sleep to help deeply relax the body whilst keeping the mind focused). To book please contact Suzy on 01904 491979 or 07941 074602 or email  suzy.blackburn@sky.com


Relaxed Opening at York Art Gallery

The gallery provides a tranquil, spacious environment for visitors to explore without the need to worry about extreme light and sound levels, confined spaces, or large crowds. The building is fully accessible (including the cafe, shops, toilets and outside space), and the Welcome Team have received training in assisting visitors with additional needs. There are plenty of areas where you can sit down and relax, and a designated quiet space should you need it. The Welcome Team will be happy to help with any queries you may have.

Relaxed Openings are free for visitors with autism, dementia, visual impairments or similar issues. Carers and children under 16 will also be admitted for free. Accompanying members of a group will be admitted for £4, and standard admission is £7.50. There is no need to book ahead.


If there are any queries please contact them on 01904 687687 or email access@ymt.org.uk. There is also access information on the website www.yorkartgallery.org.uk/access


Dementia Friendly Cinema

The next Dementia Friendly Cinema showing at City Screen will be Elvis Presley’s ‘Love me Tender’ on Monday 26 March at 1.15pm. Dementia Friendly screenings enable people with dementia and their carers to attend the cinema in a safe and comfortable environment, giving them a chance to get out and socialise. This screening is open to everyone, but enhanced to suit the needs of people with dementia; low lights are left on during the screening, the volume of the soundtrack is reduced, and it is fine for members of the audience to express themselves. Staff are Dementia Friends to help provide support before, during and after the screening. Tickets are reduced to £4.00 per person and accompanying carers go free. Complimentary tea, filter coffee and biscuits will be available before the screening from 12.45pm.

You can join the dementia friendly mailing list by emailing cath.s@picturehouses.co.uk.

Booking: in person at City Screen box office, www.picturehouses.com or via phone 08719025726.


Information matters

Find out about the range of information available across the City to promote health and wellbeing including:

  • Local community groups: social/ interest groups
  • Support networks
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • City wide support services
  • Useful contacts and websites

Where: visitor entrance to Customer Services, West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA

Dates: 15 March, 19 April, 17 May, and 21 June

Time: 10am to 12noon

No need to book just drop in to browse or have a chat with a Community Facilitator.

For more information please contact Sue Reape 07833 049036 or June Peacock 07833 049018,  ACECommunityfacilitators@york.gov.uk


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 next one is 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.


Consultations and surveys

Improving access to GP surgeries

People living in the Vale of York are being encouraged to have their say on improving access to GP services on evenings and weekends.

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is using NHS England funding to offer additional access to GP services on weekday evenings and weekends from October 2018. They are asking residents to complete a short survey online at surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ImprovingGPAccess

It takes about five minutes to complete and, in accordance with data protection law, your information will remain anonymous and will only be used to help shape these plans.


Carers Support Alliance

Organisations across the Care and Support Alliance – which represent carers, older people and different disability groups – want to collect the experiences of those that actually know what it’s like to need care and support so they can share them with Government, who are currently looking at reforming care and support in England www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CSAsurvey

The survey closes on Friday 9 March.

The Care and Support Alliance will use these results as part of their campaigning work. They represent over 80 of Britain’s leading charities campaigning for a properly funded care system alongside the millions of older people, disabled people and their carers who deserve decent care and support.


LGBT+ Health and Wellbeing Survey

There is no local research on Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans+ (LGBT+) people’s experience of Health and Wellbeing services in York. This has caused problems and barriers for LGBT+ issues to be raised in important local health and wellbeing strategies. Healthwatch York are asking people to complete their survey to gather the different experiences faced www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/hwylgbtsurvey


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.


Emma Keef

Communications Officer | York Carers Centre

01904 715490 |

emma.keef@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk | www.yorkcarerscentre.co.uk

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To make a donation to York Carers Centre please visit: http://localgiving.com/charity/yorkcarerscentre


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