Our next Carers Café is Wednesday 7 June, 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 1 June 10 to 11.30am at the Friends Meeting House, New Earswick, with Yorwellbeing who will be giving mini heathchecks.
Monday 12 June 1 to 3pm at Acomb Methodist Church with Yorwellbeing who will be giving mini heathchecks.
Tuesday 20 June 10am to 12noon at St. Aelred’s Community Centre, Tang Hall with Age UK.
We also now offer pop up hubs in different locations across the city to enable us to reach more carers. In June these will take place:
Tuesday 6 June 12 to 3.30pm at Vernon house, Bishopthorpe, YO23 2RH
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 14 June, 7 to 9pm, at the new venue of Hamilton panthers Football Club, Knavesmire, York. Refreshments provided. This month we will be joined by the Welfare Benefits Unit who will be on hand to answer questions and give advice.
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. No need to book. 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 June. Staff from Lifeline will be there for support.
York Carers Centre other news
This year Carers Week runs from 12 to 18 June and focuses on building ‘Carer Friendly Communities’. These are communities which support carers to look after their loved ones, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.
York Carers Centre will be hosting information stands throughout the week at York Hospital, Sainsbury’s Monks Cross, and the City of York Council’s West Offices to highlight the role of carers in our community, and the support that is available to them. On Wednesday 14 June we invite you to pop along to see us as between 9am and 5pm when we host a variety of organisations on a bus in Parliament Street! Among those attending are Age UK, Healthwatch, York Parent Carer Forum and Family Information Service. On Thursday 15 June, 10am to 12pm, staff welcome you to drop in at the Haxby and Wiggington Health Clinic so you can come for advice or just to meet us.
Carers Action Group
The Carers Action Group is a chance for carers to get together with professionals and share the issues they face. The group is a way of acting upon these and taking things forward. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 29 June at 10am at the Friargate Meeting House in York, YO1 9RL. Lunch will be provided for carers (not professionals but they can bring their lunch and join us). If you would like to attend, please contact us on 01904 715490.
Distribution list for mental health carers
If you care for someone suffering with mental ill health, you might like to be added to our mental health carers mailing list. You will get a monthly email with details on a monthly meeting, and any current and relevant mental health news. If you would like to be added to this list, please contact Lowra on 01904 715490 or Lowra.firstname.lastname@example.org
On your bike
The Yorkshire Corker is a non competitive cycle ride on Sunday 4 June with some of the entry money coming to York Carers Centre for the young carers service.
The ride aims to RAISE, RIDE AND INSPIRE.
RAISE money for a variety of charities, Enjoy the RIDE in a non competitive environment taking in North Yorkshires spectacular views and INSPIRE people to get into cycling. The ride is a NON COMPETITIVE sportive, which travels across the stunning North Yorkshire Countryside and is scheduled to take place on Sunday 4 June 2017.
EVENT ENTRY (£50 for both rides)
There are 2 beautiful and hilly routes to choose from, The FULL PINT AND THE HALF PINT.
For more details on the routes, and how to enter visit the Yorkshire Corker Sportive site.
This year’s York Pride takes place on Saturday 10 June, and York Carers Centre are this year taking part in the parade. Pride aims to raise awareness of LGBT issues to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. The parade starts at 11.45am from York Minster, finishing at York racecourse where there will be food, fun and entertainment.
News and items of interest from other organisations
York Older People’s Survey
The York Older People’s Survey commissioned by City of York Council is now live and can be found at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/J77ZNKT.
Filling in this survey is your chance to help York organisations to shape the support they offer to older people. Your views matter.
This is a collaborative effort between York Older People’s Assembly, Age UK York, Healthwatch York, York Council for Voluntary Services, York Blind and Partially Sighted Society, York Alzheimer’s Society, The Vale of York CCG, the Police and Crime Commissioner and City of York Council.
The closing date for the survey is Friday 30 June 2017.
Live your Life lymphoma conference
The Live your Life conference will feature talks from experts and a marketplace of information stands. The event is free to attend and lunch is provided. Topics include:
· living well with and beyond lymphoma
· the emotional impact of cancer
· understanding your diagnosis
· living a healthy, active lifestyle on watch and wait or after treatment
· new and emerging treatments
Alzheimer’s Society Carers Course
The 4 week course is delivered by a Dementia Support Worker with guest professional speakers with experience of supporting people affected by dementia. The course aims to help understand dementia, look at coping day to day, legal and money matters, and support and care.
For more information contact York Alzheimer’s Society on 01904 567701.
Hoard: A community arts workshop for adults affected by mental ill health
With artist Kate Haywood at York Art Gallery.
This is a one-off community arts workshop for adults affected by mental ill health.
Support workers and carers welcome.
Kate has been inspired by archaeological hoards to create mysterious objects out of clay, fabric and glass.
Like a curator in a museum, Kate arranges her objects in different ways to suggest that they could be used for different purposes.
Use found objects, fabric and modelling materials to make, choose and assemble a work of art inspired by Kate’s work and by archaeological finds.
Kate will choose a selection of the work created on the day to include in her forthcoming Project Gallery exhibition at York Art Gallery.
Places are limited so please book in advance by email to email@example.com
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