York Carers Centre News

York Carers Centre



Carers Rights Day

Friday 30 November 2018 is Carers Rights Day; a national campaign to help carers know their rights and what help is available in their local community.

This year we are pleased to be able to give carers the chance to meet and talk about their rights with York’s two MPs; Rachael Maskell (MP for York Central) and Julian Sturdy (MP for York Outer).

The day will run from 9.30am to 2.30pm at the Priory Street Centre, with talks with MPs between 10 and 11.30am, followed by lunch and a chocolate tasting workshop!

This is a free event but places are limited so please booking via 01904 715490 or enquiries@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk.


Wellbeing Hub

We have a new programme of workshops for our Health and Wellbeing Hub for the autumn. These will be at the Friends Meeting House, Friargate, YO1 9RL on the following  Mondays, 10am to 12pm:

Monday 15 October Seated T’ai Chi with Fran Haggerty

Monday 22 October (10am to 12.30pm) Wellbeing Mini-Marketplace with reflexology, aromatherapy, clay play and acupuncture tasters, and information and advice stalls.

Monday 29 October Seated yoga with Suzi Blackburn

Monday 5 November Mindfulness with Mark Willis

Monday 12 November Talk and Walk with the Rowntree Society 


Please book onto the Health and Wellbeing Hub sessions (except for the Mini-Marketplace which is a drop in event) via enquiries@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk or 01904 715490.


York Carers Centre are very social

We have various social media channels where we share useful information from other organisations and up to date details of our groups and activities, as well as photos and advice.

You can find us on the following:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/York-Carers-Centre-138059272932268

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yorkcarers

Instagram: www.instagram.com/yorkcarers


York Carers Centre regular services

Carers Café

Our popular Carers Café is on the first Wednesday of the month at St. Sampson’s Centre, Church Street, York, YO1 8BE. It is called the Centre for Over 60’s but younger people are still very welcome to come to the Carers Café to enjoy some free refreshments 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. There will be Carer Support Workers there to talk to.

The next café is on Wednesday 3 October, 10 to 11.30am.

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 them:

Acomb Hub, Monday 8 October at Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street, Acomb, YO24 3BX, 1 to 2.30pm.

Haxby Hub, Thursday 18 October at Costa Coffee, Ryedale Court Shopping Centre, The Village, Haxby, YO32 3SA, 10 to 11.30am.


Pop up Hub

On Thursday 25 October York Carers Centre and York Neighbours will be at the Chapelfields Community Association, Sanderson Court, Bramham Avenue, YO26 5DX, 10 to 11.30am. Come along to meet us and have a chat, while enjoying a drink and meeting other people. No need to book.


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 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 10 October, 7 to 9pm, at 30 Clarence Street, YO31 7EW. Carers only.

This month we will be having a discussion following the ‘Question Time’ format with the Chair of the new Mental Health Partnership Board and senior representatives from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Trust, the Clinical commissioning Group and City of York Council. This is an excellent opportunity to hear about current plans and to raise concerns. If you have a question you would like to put to the panel please contact John Bettridge on johnbettridge@aol.com or 01904 704270.

Refreshments are provided.

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 additional 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 17 October. There is no need to book if you have been before, but if you are new to the group please phone us to make a 30 minute appointment with the group facilitator before it starts.



Our newsletters can be found on our website www.yorkcarerscentre.co.uk/newsletter.

If you have anything you would ever like to contribute to a newsletter; your story, a review or recommendation, a photo or a new service or group, please contact emma.keef@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk. The most recent newsletter is online now.


News and items of interest from other organisations

Yorkshire Museum Access Group

The next Yorkshire Museums Trust Access Group is on Friday 19 October, 2.30pm at the Yorkshire Museum. They will be looking at the theme of Volunteering and Wellbeing across the Trust. Refreshments are provided. If you are interested in this group please contact Sarah Mortimer on Sarah.Mortimer@ymt.org.uk.


Art auction

The annual art auction for York Mind and Rethink Mental Illness York Group is now open.

From now until 27 October at 11pm, you can see 57 fantastic pieces in the gallery upstairs at City Screen cinema on Coney Street, entry to the exhibition is free.

All artworks are available to make bids on (and they are all very low starting bids so you can grab yourself a real bargain for some original artwork!). Current high bids are updated on the chalkboard in the gallery daily.


SEND Night at The Web

The Web Adventure Park on Wigginton Road are holding a new event on Saturday 3 November.

The SEND Night will be an inclusive evening of fun for children with special educational needs and disability. Families will have a chance to meet other local families whilst their children play in a safe setting. The evening will include all the usual Creepy Crawlies indoor fun, in a more relaxed atmosphere!

Entry will be any time from 4pm, with exclusive use for the SEND Night from 6pm to 8pm. There will be a discounted ticket price for children, and one carer or parent will be able to accompany each child for free (additional adults £2.25). Child tickets are now online and can be booked on the Holiday Activities page of our website www.webadventurepark.co.uk or by calling 01904 692221.


Time to Change

To mark world mental health day on 10 October the City of York Council has teamed up with York CVS to host a free networking and engagement event at West Offices. It is part of a campaign to tackle the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health, with a focus on the workplace and young people.

The theme for world mental health day this year is young people and mental health in a changing world. We want to bring the city’s employers together to talk about mental health and hope that by working together we can make a real difference.

The event is an opportunity to:

  • Hear personal accounts from people with lived experience of stigma and discrimination around mental health.
  • Learn about the Time to Change programme, a growing social movement changing how we all think and act about mental health.
  • Contribute to developing and supporting the Time to Change York Hub
  • Showcase examples of what it means to be a Time to Change champion or an employer that has pledged support


All are welcome to attend the event. Registration is open from 5pm on Wednesday 10 October, and the event runs between 5.30pm to 7.30pm with sandwich buffet provided.

To book a free place, please register for the event at: https://york.learningpool.com/login/index.php

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