York Carers Centre News

York Carers Centre

May Bank holiday

We will not be open on Monday 7 or Monday 28 May.

We will not be checking our answer machine or emails on these days.

If you need urgent help when we are closed please contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01609 780780.


Job opportunity

We are recruiting for a Sessional Carer Support Worker to work 8 hours per week for one year (with potential for extension depending on funding).
Hourly rate: £10.71 – £11.74 depending on experience (NJC SCP 22 – 25).

You will work as part of a team, helping unpaid carers to maintain their health and wellbeing through the provision of information, advice and support.

A good understanding of the needs and rights of unpaid carers will be required alongside an ability to work flexible hours.  The post will require experience of working with and advocating on behalf of vulnerable individuals and a good understanding of voluntary and statutory services in York.

Closing Date:    Midnight on Tuesday 1 May 2018


To apply visit our vacancies page.

For an informal discussion regarding this vacancy please telephone Sharron Smith on 01904 715490.


York Carers Centre regular services

Carers Café

Our next Carers Café is Wednesday 2 May, 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 14 May at Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street, Acomb, YO24 3BX, 1 to 2.30pm.

Haxby Hub, Thursday 17 May at Costa Coffee, Ryedale Court Shopping Centre, The Village, Haxby, YO32 3SA, 10 to 11.30am.


The following sessions are planned for April for the Tang Hall Health and Wellbeing Hub on Wednesday afternoons 1.30 to 3.30pm at St. Aelred’s Community Centre, Fifth Avenue, Tang Hall, YO31 0PN:

2 May Mental Health, Capacity and Safeguarding with Christine Pearson

9 May Carers can meet at Be Independent’s show flat in Hazel Court, James Street, to see what sort of devices and adaptations are available. This session is 1pm to 4pm.

16 May York Neighbours

23 may End of Life and Advanced Care Planning. Led by specialised nurses.


The Wellbeing Hubs are carers only and need to be booked onto via 01904 715490 or email enquiries@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk


Pop Up Hub

There is a Pop Up Hub at Priory Medical Group, Heworth Green, YO31 7SX on Wednesday 30 May, 11am to 1pm. York Carers Centre staff will be there to offer advice and support, or just have a chat.

Staff will also have a presence at the Cancer Care Unit at York Hospital on Monday 21 May 12 to 3pm.


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 9 May, 7 to 9pm, at 30 Clarence Street, YO31 7EW (formerly known as Sycamore House). Carers only.

May’s session will be with Liz Wilson form the Welfare Benefits Unit and should be a useful session covering topics such as PIP and Universal Credit, providing clarity on what the people we care for are entitled to.

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 16 May. 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

York Autistic’s Meet up (YAM) Group

For adults on the autism spectrum including Asperger’s Syndrome.

This new meet up group is being set up by autistic adults with the support of City of York Council and the Autism Inclusive Communities Group.  It will be run by autistic adults.

The first session is Friday 11 May, 7.30 to 9pm in the Community Room, Tescos, Askham Bar.

It is suitable for adults (18+) who have already been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome, and adults who are currently going through a diagnostic assessment for autism. It is a chance to meet and socialise with other autistic people, and discuss experiences with a peer group. During the first session, the group can discuss and agree what type of meet up group they would like this to be.

The group is free and refreshments will be available.

For the first session please contact Katie Brown at yam@york.gov.uk. If you are interested in this meet up group but cannot make the first session please let us know and we can keep you informed about future dates.

Find the Facebook group:  YAM – York Autistic’s MeetUp



  • iMuse is a new music group from Accessible Arts and Media for those living with dementia and their carers. It uses a combination of vibro-acoustic technology, music and visuals to provide a 1-to-1 creative and therapeutic experience.

Pop in to the open day at Glen Lodge on Thursday 3 May to see iMUSE, try it out and discuss with the facilitators, any time between 10am and 4pm.

The sessions will then run for 12 weeks at Glen Lodge, Sixth Avenue, Heworth, York, YO31 OTR, every Thursday from 10 May for 12 weeks between 10am and 4pm. Each session lasts 30 mins. The facilitator works with you to find out which sounds, music and visuals help you to relax and focus. They then use these to personalise your iMUSE experience so it’s tailor-made for you.

Sessions are free of charge during this initial 12-week period.

To book a session or to find out more contact  julie.green@aamedia.org.uk or call 01904 626965  


Are you caring for someone with an eating disorder?

The Retreat York would like to invite you to a two day Collaborative Caring workshop that they are running free of charge for carers, family and friends.  The aim of this skills-based workshop is to enhance your skills, knowledge and confidence in supporting someone you care about who is affected by an eating disorder. The workshop is based on the book ‘Skills-based Caring for a Loved one with an Eating Disorder’ by Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith and Anna Crane.

It is running on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May, 9.30am to 4.30pm at The Retreat York, Heslington Road, YO10 5BN.

The course will be facilitated by:

Dr Louise Hall, Clinical Psychologist, Naomi Unit, The Retreat York

Dr Andrea Brown, Consultant Psychiatrist, Naomi Unit, The Retreat York


Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch and snacks. If you would like further information or to book a place please contact Louise Hall lhall@theretreatyork.org.uk or 01904 412551 (extension 2306).

Please note that spaces are limited and will be allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis.


The Retreat York dementia drop in café

The Retreat York has launched a new drop in session in their café at The Retreat, Heslington Road, YO10 5BN.

Each session will offer an information station (with a nurse, Occupational Therapist or social worker for example), computer and IT support, a 10 minute talk, lunch (£2 suggested donation) and a bite size activity.

Sessions are between 11am and 2pm on May 23, June 20, July 18 and August 22.


Pet service

On 26 May at 11.00am St Luke’s Church are hosting a pet service at their Church on Burton Stone Lane, York. They will be fundraising for St Luke’s Forget me Not Church, and Age UK’s Keep Your Pet Scheme. Come and join them for a half-hour service with your pet (no elephants please). Fair trade tea, coffee and crafts available in the hall from 10.30.

The service will be accessible and dementia friendly. If you or your dog would like to join us for a short walk at 10am before the service, let them know at the community café or email  joyfulconnections.stlukesyork@hotmail.com.

For more information about Keep your Pet contact Age UK on 01904 726191 or keepyourpet@ageukyork.org.uk


Experience Counts

Are you over 50 and looking for employment?

Jackie and Julie from Experience Counts are running  free programmes to look at what your future opportunities might be and help you get ready for them.

Experience Counts 50+ Programme ECJRF7: 23 May 2018, 09.30 to 12noon for 5 weeks at Tang Hall Community Centre, YO31 0UG.

Further programmes in June and September.


These sessions will help you to explore: 

  • What do I want to do next in my life?
  • What have I got to offer?
  • Where are the opportunities?
  • How do I put a skills based CV together?
  • What will they ask me at interview?
  • How do I need to prepare?
  • What support is available to me?
    Where can I get help and advice?


To book a place:
Website: www.experiencecountsyork.org.uk
Email: just_ask@experiencecountsyork.org.uk
Phone: 07443 466756 or 07966 039206


Community hubs in Chapelfields and Acomb

In a relaxed cafe style atmosphere the community hubs offer a welcoming place for local residents to get together, enjoy refreshments and get involved with free craft activities.  In addition there is an opportunity to access benefits and budgeting advice, health information including free health checks and an opportunity find out about personal development opportunities.

Carers are very welcome to attend the sessions:

Chapelfields Community Hub; Thursdays 9am to 12noon at Sanderson Court Community House, Bramham Road, York, YO26 5AR

Foxwood Community Hub; Fridays 11.45am to 2pm at Foxwood Community Centre, Cranfield Place York, YO24 3HY

For more information please contact Mora Scaife on 01904 551834.


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: 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



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



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