June 2020: News for carers in York

2 June 2020

It’s Carers Week next week, a national campaign which recognises the contribution carers make each day. We’re marking it a bit differently this year, with free events for carers to get involved in from home during June.

All sessions below are available to book now, by calling 01904 715 490 or email enquiries@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk/ycc2  

  • Yoga taster and course: Tuesday 9 June 7.30 to 8.45pm on Zoom. A gentle taster to Vinyasa Yoga with Jenny Carpenter, suitable for beginners as well as anyone who already practices yoga. Followed by a free six week course, weekly from Tuesday 16 June to Tuesday 21 July, 7.30 to 8.45pm. You can do the taster without doing the six week course, and vice versa.
  • Mindfulness -‘why now?’: Thursday 11 June from 2 to 3.30pm on Zoom, a 90 minute supportive session for carers with Ali Gear and Susie MacKenzie . NB:  You do not need to have your camera switched on to take part in this session.
  • Talking about loss: Monday 8 June 10.30am to 12pm on Zoom.  A chance for carers to meet professionals and peers and share experiences of grief and loss in a supportive environment. Facilitated by our staff and charity Talking About Loss, and supported by St Leonard’s, Dementia Forward, Alzheimer’s Society and Kyra.
  • Carers Tea and Talk: Wednesday 17 June 2 to 3.15pm on Zoom. Informal chat with other carers and our staff, including an introduction from our guest speaker Rev’d Kate Bottley, who you may know from Gogglebox (Channel 4), Songs of Praise (BBC) and BBC Radio 2 . We’ll also arrange for a cream tea for two to be dropped at your door during the day from a local cake shop.
  • Writing for Wellbeing: Weekly course starting Tuesday 23 June until Tuesday 14 July from 2 to 3pm on Zoom. With Helen from The Writing Tree, the sessions will focus on developing writing as a source of wellbeing and pleasure, with no pressure to become the next great novelist! Suitable for beginners and experienced writers alike.
  • Legal Clinic for carers: Tuesday 9 June. Free, confidential 30 minute telephone appointments with Belinda Poulter at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitor to discuss wills, probate and power of attorney. Contact York Carers Centre to book.
  • Independent Financial Advice clinic for carers: Wednesday 10 June. Free, confidential 60 minute telephone appointments with SOLLA accredited advisor Kevin Hilton from G+E Wealth Management. Contact York Carers Centre to book.


Our groups and regular services

Support groups from home

We now hold some of our monthly support groups for carers online, allowing you to get support and advice from our staff and other carers from your home.  In June we have the monthly substance misuse carers group and the mental health carers drop in.

New evening group starting in July

We have a new monthly Tuesday evening group for people who are supporting loved ones through issues with substance misuse and/or gambling. To know more about the group please contact us; our facilitator will offer you a 30 minute individual telephone appointment prior to the group starting.

Carer Awareness Training

Our free face to face 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. Dates are: 1.30 to 3pm Weds 3 June and Weds 24 June  Booking: Contact Sam Varo to book a place sam.varo@nhs.net


News from other organisations

Carers UK

Join the online Care for a Cuppa chat sessions, running daily in carers week and weekly at other times. Some sessions have guest speakers and others are a chance to chat to other carers. Also Carers UK have a new dedicated page for working carers during the current pandemic with advice about taking time off, rights, being furloughed and more.

Free online course to help carers support people with dementia

A free, eight-week course run by FutureLearn for the University of Nottingham is now open to the public and professionals, and will explore the signs and symptoms of dementia, interventions, support networks and more. See the website to know more and/or register.

Dementia Forward helpline

Anyone in North Yorkshire, including carers, can get dementia support by calling 03300 578 592. Take a look at the short film from the dementia forward team!

Mental health crisis line

York crisis services can now be contacted on 0300 020 0317. The new crisis line makes it easier to get urgent help, and replaces individual contact numbers for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust (TEWV) crisis services, including those for children and young people and older aged adults. People with learning disabilities and/or autism can also access emergency mental health support using this number. It will be open 24/7 and will offer callers a series of options which will divert them to the appropriate local service. See more on the TEWV website.

Alongside this, TEWV have asked for feedback from any carers who have used York mental health crisis services in the past two months, specifically: did you get a timely response, and was the response helpful. Please send all feedback by 10am Friday 5th June to heathersimpson1@nhs.net

York Mind

New free online 8 week courses are starting in June, including Mindfulness, Managing Stress and Anxiety, Confidence and Resilience and Creative Writing.  These are for anyone to help support their wellbeing, including carers. To know more contact mark.willis@yorkmind.org.uk


Give your views

Organisations are asking for your views about the evolving situation, and how you’ve been affected as a carer:

  • Clinical Commissioning Group: Urgent care survey 2020 – What do you do if you need urgent medical attention on the same day? Click here to take the survey.
  • The Care Quality Commission: During the coronavirus pandemic it’s more important than ever that to share experiences of health and social care services – good or bad. Input your feedback on the CQC website.


Last, but not least..

This week is National Volunteers Week, and we’d like to extend a huge thank you to our committed volunteers, past and present, supporting the work we do. Thanks to the trustees, office volunteers, students and everyone who helps in our hubs/groups and with individual carers across the community. We’re grateful for all you do and lucky to have you.