York Carers Centre

York Carers Centre


Over the next couple of weeks we will be advertising various job opportunities. Please keep an eye out on our website www.yorkcarerscentre.co.uk for details.


Carers Action Group and Homecare Focus Group

The next Carers Action Group (CAG) is on Tuesday 10 April, 10am to 12noon in the Penn Room at Friends Meeting House, Friargate. It is followed by a special Focus Group between 12 and 1pm led by Sarah I’anson from City f York Council. Sarah is coming to ask carers about what matters to them regarding their cared for’s homecare service. The themes she would like to discuss with you are around reliability, valuing unpaid carers as an asset, and communications with the agency. If you don’t normally come to the CAG but would like to have your views heard, you are welcome to join us, either for the whole morning from 10, or just come along at 12.


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 30 April 1.30 to 4pm

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 4 April, 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.

At this month’s Carers Café a photographer from the Press will be coming along to take a photo, you do not have to be in it if you do not want to.


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 9 April at Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street, Acomb, YO24 3BX, 1 to 2.30pm.

Haxby Hub, Thursday 19 April 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:

11 April Skin integrity and pressure sores with Sarah Fiori from Vale of York CCG

18 April Jane Archer form the Cancer Care Unit

25 April Dementia Awareness with Amanda Stevens from Dementia Forward


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


Pop Up Hub

There is a Pop up Hub at St. Luke’s Church, Osbaldwick Lane, YO10 3BD on Tuesday 24 April, 11am to 1pm. York Carers Centre staff will be there to offer advice and support, or just have a chat.


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 11 April, 7 to 9pm, at 30 Clarence Street, YO31 7EW (formerly known as Sycamore House). 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 18 April. 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

Rethink 1940s Dance

Rethink Mental Health Group is hosting a 1940s Evening Dance on Saturday 21 April, 7.30pm, at the York Hospital Social Club, White Cross Road, York, YO31 8JR. There will be live entertainment and music from 1940s vocalists and DJ Murray. Tickets are £10 each available from Elaine or Viv on 07842 953344.  Bring your own rations!


Dementia Friendly Cinema

The next Dementia Friendly Cinema showing at City Screen will be ‘Gigi’ on Monday 30 April 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: 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

York Carers Centre

01904 715490 |

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