York Carers Centre

York Carers Centre


Welcome to the February 2017 email update from York Carers Centre.


Carers Café

The first Carers Café of the year is on Wednesday 1 February, 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.


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.

They meet:

Weekly on Thursdays 10 to 11.30am at the Friends Meeting House, New Earswick.

Second and fourth Mondays of the month 1 to 3pm at Acomb Methodist Church.

First and third Tuesdays of the month 10am to 12noon at St. Aelred’s Community Centre, Tang Hall.

From March the Hubs will be happening monthly, look out for more details in our newsletter.

For more information please contact Sam Ferguson on 01904 715490 or email Samantha.ferguson@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk


Family Fun Day

This Saturday, 28 January 12 to 3pm, there is a Family Fun Day in aid of Young Carers Awareness Day at Foxwood Community Centre. Entry is free, donations welcome. There will be face painting, a bouncy castle, chill out café, bric a brac stall, raffle with some excellent prizes and a fun bus hosting workshops on dreams and aspirations.

Everyone welcome!


One Day…Any Day

If you have ever wondered what life for a young carer is like, now is your chance to get an idea by watching this film created by young carers from the Young Carers revolution.Young Carers Revolution (YCR) is a campaign group creating opportunities for young carers to have influence over things that effect their lives and their families. YCR is an independent group which is coordinated and supported by volunteers and administered by York Carers Centre. Find us at www.ycryorkuk.wordpress.com


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.


Healthwatch Mental Health and Wellbeing Guide

Healthwatch York have just published a new issue of the extremely practical and comprehensive Mental Health and Wellbeing in York Guide. A parent of a 17 year old commented on the first edition, ‘When my son was unwell, we couldn’t find information anywhere. This was exactly what we needed.’


Dementia Friendly Cinema

The next dementia friendly cinema showings at City Screen will be An American in Paris on Monday 30 January and Funny Face on Monday 27 February both 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. Instead of adverts there will be some of Yorkshire Film Archive’s award winning series ‘Memory Bank’. 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.


Men’s Group at The Hut

The Hut York is a safe space for people with enduring mental health issues and/or learning disabilities to learn, socialise and develop new skills. It is based in the Clarence Garden buildings on Wigginton Road, just opposite York Hospital.

On Wednesday afternoons, 3 to 4pm, they run a Men’s Group; open to all men searching for a welcoming sanctuary of safety and understanding. The only requirements are compassion, honesty, integrity, fun and respect.

Jonny Polhill, Activities Coordinator says “The men’s group offers our male members a space for them to ask for help or to give help to their fellow member via their own experiences. Members are asked if they have anything which they would like to talk about; the group is theirs to use however they see fit. I am only there to facilitate and share my own experiences. Every week there is a subject that I have thought of prior to the meeting these have included: religion, medication, technology, and dealing with anger, families, however the group takes the discussion where they want it to go.

The group is fun and we do chat about subjects not to serious as I believe this is just as important as to have a space to have fun and make valued friendships. We would like to eventually expand the group in numbers and also in time including classes or groups teaching different skills and in due course trips out around York.”

If you have any questions about the group please contact Jonny, Activities Coordinator on 01904 652991 or jonnypolhill@thehutyork.co.uk


A tweeting great chance

Are you a carer with a great point of view on the NHS or an active tweeter?
Each week a new patient or member has the opportunity to curate the recently set up @NHS Twitter account and share their NHS story.
This is a great opportunity for you to share your views of life and what it is like for you to care and engage with the NHS on a weekly basis. You will be supported by the NHS digital team as well as Carers Trust (though they can not tweet as an organisation).
More information can be found at https://www.england.nhs.uk/atnhs/about/


IMPs holiday club (an Accessible Arts and Media Project)

Accessible Arts and Media have launched their new inclusive holiday sessions for disabled and non-disabled children who love singing, signing and music making.

Young people will learn to sing and sign fun songs, try out musical instruments and perform for family and friends. This first taster session is free to attend.

Seniors (age 11+) Wednesday 22 February, 9.30am-12:30pm at Applefields School, Bad Bargain Lane.

Juniors (age 5-10) Thursday 23 February, 9.30am-12pm at Burton Green Primary School, Clifton.

To book, or for more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via imps@aamedia.org.uk or 01904 626965.


Creating Together – free creative sessions at York Theatre Royal

Creating Together is open to everyone and suitable for people who have never taken part in arts and drama before, as well as those with more experience.  They are open to anyone who would benefit from a boost in confidence and exploring their creative potential.  These sessions will be particularly relevant to:

  • People who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • People with mental health support needs.

Sessions will run on the second Monday of every month from 10am until 3pm at York Theatre Royal.  It is free for all to take part.  Everyone who comes along will get a free lunch, as well as free tea and coffee.

The next session is Monday 13 February.

There is no need to book but for more information or to have a chat before you go please contact 07949154514 or use their website https://displaceyourselftheatre.co.uk/contact-us




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