December 2019: news for carers in York

3 December 2019

Welcome to the December 2019 news for carers in York

Would you like to speak to us this week?

Our team will be in Bishopthorpe Explore Library this Wednesday 4 December from 10.30am to 12pm. Drop in and talk to us about your caring role, or ask us for information and advice.

Our regular services

Carer hubs in the community

Join us at one of our friendly community meet ups for free refreshments and the opportunity to chat us and other carers.  You are welcome to bring the person you care for.

·        The Carers Café is on Wednesday 4 December 10 to 11.30am at St Sampson’s Centre

·        Acomb Hub is Tuesday 17 December at Explore Acomb from 1 to 2.30pm

·        Haxby Hub is Thursday 19 December at Costa Coffee Haxby from 10 to 11.30am


Substance Misuse Support Group

A monthly group for people affected by someone else’s substance misuse, to drop in for information and guidance. The next session is Wednesday 18 December from 1.30 to 3.30pm, in the Community Room at Tesco Askham Bar. If you’re new to the group please phone us for an initial appointment with the group facilitator beforehand.

York Mental Health Carers Group

This month’s group will be the Christmas party, taking place at Middleton’s Hotel, Skeldergate, York.  Join us on Wednesday 11 December from 7 to 9pm for a buffet and live music.

Mental Health Drop In

A drop in for carers supporting someone with a mental health condition, the group is aimed at: carers new to caring, including caring for a young person, or someone in crisis. The next drop in is Wednesday 18 December from 6 to 8pm at Slug and Lettuce, Back Swinegate (at the back of the venue).

Carers Action Group

A small group of carers come together to raise issues affecting them, and plan to influence or directly make positive changes. New members are always welcome, if you are interested in this group please contact us 01904 715 490. The next meeting is in January.

Evening Advice Line

Speak to our advisors about benefits, rights and community care; every Wednesday evening from 5pm to 8pm on 01904 715 490.


News from other organisations

York Mind winter activities

On Wednesday 11 December from 1 to 3pm York Mind are hosting  a medieval Christmas community social at Barley Hall, Coffee Yard, York. Anyone is welcome to drop in for crafts and refreshments. Then from Friday 10 January to 7 February a new ‘wellbeing in arts and crafts group’ is available, bookable by ringing York Mind activities on 01904 643 364.

Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia advice clinics are operating at GP surgeries in York, offering help to people with dementia and their families. The following surgeries hold clinics, and you do not need to be registered with the surgery to attend: East Parade Medical Centre (01904 423 666), Tower Court Surgery (01904 439 100), Dalton Terrace (01904 658 512). Please contact the surgery direct for appointments.

The Alzheimer’s Society also offer a rolling programme of free courses for carers, contact 01904 929 444 about this and other local services.

Shine Awards

Do you know an exceptional young person or group of young people and want their achievements recognised and celebrated by the City of York? Do you know an inspirational adult who works with children and young people? The awards are an annual celebration of people who help others. To nominate someone please contact for a form. Nominations are needed by Friday 20 December.

Free workshops about understanding relationships

Sunshine Changing Lanes are once again offering free weekend workshops. Starting in January they will focus on: anger management and conflict resolution, anxieties and coping strategies and overcoming isolation and loneliness. The sessions fill up quickly, to book contact:  .

Appeal for artworks for fundraising auction

York Mind and Rethink Mental Illness York Group are seeking original artworks from amateur or professional artists in any media for a fundraising exhibition and auction, to be held at City Screen York in early 2020. The theme of the exhibition is identity, and all artwork will be needed at York Mind by Friday 31 January. Contact  for full details of how to donate a piece.

Digital newspaper

Aspire 2 is a new, free digital newspaper dedicated to mental health. To read the most recent issue see , where the top story centres on coping at Christmas.

Surveys and consultations

University of York research project

Older people who need social care at home may have to pay for this themselves if they have a certain level of savings. Even so, “self-funders” should still get help to find, choose and arrange care. The University of York is starting a new research project looking at what people most value when finding, choosing and arranging their care. What help would you find valuable? If you are interested in contributing to the study please contact Mark Wilberforce at