August 2020: News for carers in York

29 July 2020


Accessing carer groups from home

You can now access our carer support groups and activities online as we continue to work within government guidance, and explore ways we can offer our face to face groups in the future. If you’d like to take part in any of our groups/activities, and would like help setting up Zoom, please let us know.

Caring and Coping

Starting Monday 3 August, we’ll be running free, weekly Caring and Coping sessions, covering a range of topics chosen to support well being for carers. Each session is stand alone, so you can just book onto the individual session/s that you choose. Sessions will individually cover: Five ways to wellbeing, food/nutrition for health and talking about loss. See this page for more detail and please contact us to book a place.


Our regular groups and services

Carers Socials

It’s good to talk, so bring a brew and join our Carer Support Workers and other carers for a friendly monthly chat. The next social will be Tuesday 25 August from 7 to 8pm on zoom. You’ll be provided with a secure logon link when you book. Please get in touch on 01904 715 490 or to book and/or to ask us about the socials.

August support groups

In August you can join the monthly substance misuse carers group and the mental health carers drop in.

There is also a new evening group on next week for people who are supporting someone close through issues with substance misuse and/or gambling. To know more about any of the groups, or to book, please contact us.

Advice Line

If you need advice, contact our telephone carer advice line which runs every Wednesday evening from 5 to 8pm on our usual number 01904 715490. On Wednesday 29 July we have Advice Worker Shirley on the line, to give advice on topics like: paying for care (self funding and care charges), Blue Badge applications, social care assessments and equipment, carers rights in employment, Lasting Power of Attorney, Continuing Health Care & funded nursing care and Covid-19 related queries.

Next week on Wednesday 5 August it will be Andrew on the line with help and advice about benefits for carers and their families.

Carer Awareness Training

We now have free, group, face to face Carer Awareness Training on zoom, with regular sessions over the coming months. Professionals supporting carers can learn more about the impact of caring and support available for unpaid carers across the city. Next date is: 26 August 11am to 1pm. Contact Sam Varo to book a place 

News from other organisations

Emergency financial help

York residents in financial difficulties due to exceptional circumstances and disasters can apply for emergency  financial help from the York Financial Assistance Scheme. This includes people who need help due to coronavirus. To know more please see the City of York Council website 

Share your views

  • The government is currently consulting on a proposal to give employees a week of unpaid carer’s leave each year to provide unpaid care. The deadline for responding to this consultation is 3 August 2020; help make the case to government by responding online here  
  • Healthwatch would like you to take five minutes to share your experiences about recent health and social care. Your feedback can help services spot issues that are affecting care for you and your loved ones. Take the short survey at: 
  • A new research project from the universities of York and Birmingham has been launched and they’re  looking to hear from parents/carers living on low incomes during the pandemic. Their aim is to understand the challenges so that they can document the impact of COVID-19, and help policymakers make better decisions. See the website if you’d like to take part.