July 2020: News for carers in York
Accessing our groups from home
You can now access many of our carer support groups and activities from home using Zoom 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, we’d be happy to help.
Caring and Coping
On Mondays in August we’ll be running a series of free Caring and Coping sessions via zoom, covering specific 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 here for more detail and please contact us to book.
Carers Emergency Fund
We have been awarded a small amount of money from Carers Trust, to help with carer emergencies related to COVID-19. There is a fund for young carers and a fund for carers over 18. Please look at the full guidance here for the criteria and the application form.
Our regular groups and services
Carers Socials starting this month
It’s good to talk, so join our Carer Support Workers and other carers for a friendly monthly chat which you can access from home. This month the social will be Tuesday 28 July from 2 to 3pm. Bring a brew and log in using the secure zoom link you’ll be provided with when you book. Please get in touch on 01904 715 490 or email@example.com/ycc2 to book and/or to ask us about the socials.
July’s support groups
In July we have the monthly substance misuse carers group and the mental health carers drop in. There is also a new evening group starting 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 and whether they’re for you, please contact us. Once booked you’ll be given a secure link to log in.
Carer Awareness Training
Our free, group Carer Awareness Training is now online, 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. We explore how professionals and employers can help to identify carers early, recognise carers as partners, and help carers to maintain their own health and wellbeing. Next date is: 26 August 11am to 1pm. Contact Sam Varo to book a place firstname.lastname@example.org
The carer advice line runs every Wednesday evening from 5 to 8pm on our usual number 01904 715490. We can help with a range of queries about benefits, community care, carers rights and more.
News from other organisations
Caring for someone with dementia: Support Programme
Alzheimer’s Society are offering a 5 week programme on zoom from 27 July to 24 August for people caring for someone close with dementia. Sessions will cover: understanding dementia, providing support and care, legal and money matters, coping day-to-day and looking after yourself as a carer. There will be a further course later this year, dates to be confirmed. To take part contact Margaret Ferguson 07803 118 106.
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have created a Dementia Carer Pack of resources with advice and tips to help manage the additional challenges which may have arisen during the current restrictions www.leedsth.nhs.uk
Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme
A new, wide ranging activity programme launches this month, to support the mental health and wellbeing of all people in York, run by York Mind with partner organisations across the city. Take a look at the brochure on www.yorkmind.org.uk to find out what’s on and take part.
Free mindfulness course
Do you experience repeated episodes of depression? Do you feel stressed by parenting or caring for someone with a mental health condition? Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) may help, and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust are once again offering their free courses of 8 x 2hour sessions. See www.tewv.nhs.uk for information and to book.
Musical Memories is a social enterprise providing fun social singing sessions for older people in in North Yorkshire. They’re currently running free, daily virtual sessions revolving round “Tune A Day” at 11am every weekday. Visit www.musicalmemoriescic.org.uk to know more or take part.
Explore York Libraries
Explore York Libraries and Archives have re-opened some of its libraries for a Click and Collect service, with some availability of PCs for people to book. You can find out more on their website. There will also be a free Click and Deliver service for people who love to read, but can’t easily leave their homes to collect books. Speak to Tang Hall Explore about Click and Deliver 01904 552 655 email email@example.com .
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