March 2019: News for carers in York

28 February 2020


Carers socials for 26 to 40 (ish) year olds

We’re delighted to have received funding to offer socials for 26 to 40 year old carers in York. Our next one is at the Escape Room, Micklegate on Thursday 26 March early evening . Join us by booking your place on 01904 715 490.

For details of future socials, including bingo, pizza making and an Ouse cruise see here.

Speak to us in the community

We’ll be at the International Women’s Day event on Friday 6 March at Kyra, come by and talk to the team about your caring role and the support we offer. To know more about the event visit

Tea and technology

Do you need help with your laptop, tablet or mobile phone? Would you like help in downloading  apps to help you in daily life, or support to use email? Come along to our city centre or Haxby carer hubs in April with your devices, where technology support staff will be on hand to answer your individual questions.  More here.

Our regular services

Carer hubs in March

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

  • The Carers Café is on Wednesday 4 March from 10 to 11.30am at St Sampson’s Centre, York
  • Haxby Hub is Thursday 19 March from 10 to 11.30am at Costa Coffee Haxby
  •  Acomb Hub is Friday 27 March from 12 to 1.30pm at Foxwood Community Centre

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 March 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.

Mental health carers groups

We offer two groups for family members and carers of someone with a mental health condition:

  • Mental health drop in:  For people caring for a younger person or caring for someone in crisis. Wednesday 25 March anytime from 6 to 8pm at Slug and Lettuce, Back Swinegate. We sit near the Grape Lane entrance.
  • York Mental Health Carers: Wednesday 11 March from 7 to 9pm at 30 Clarence Street. There will be a discussion about planning for the future with guests Sharon Houlden (City of York Council’s Corporate Director of Health, Housing & Adult Social Care) and Naomi Lonergan  (Director of Operations for York and N Yorks at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust).

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. The next meeting is Wednesday 11 March from 10 to 12pm at Quaker Meeting House.

Out of hours 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 services

Art fundraiser for mental health

York Mind and Rethink Mental Illness York Group are co-hosting an exhibition of artwork from local artists. All pieces are available for sale to the general public via silent auction from now until Sunday 22 at 11pm. To see the exhibition or place a bid throughout the month, visit York City Screen cinema’s upstairs gallery, no cinema ticket is needed to visit. All funds raised will be used for mental health support in the city. More information from York Mind fundraising on 01904 643 364.

Specsavers home visits

People who are unable to get out unassisted for an eye test can contact Specsavers for home visits. The service is free if you would usually get a free NHS eye test (to see the full eligibility list for free eye tests visit ). To book a home visit you can email: or call bookings on 07818 523 653.

Support for sensory impairment

Yor Sensory’s Connect Café will be running on Thursday 19 March from 10.30am to 12pm, where the guest speaker will discussing diabetes, from diagnosis to treatment.  Carers welcome, please get in touch with Yor Sensory to book a place on 01904 202 292 or

What’s on at York’s libraries?

Did you know that most of the libraries in York host regular community craft clubs where anyone is welcome?  There are also regular social events, workshops, free computer skills training and more. To know what’s happening, when and where see


Surveys and consultations

Live Well York

Have you used Live Well York’s web based community resource? Would you like to be part of a feedback session to help develop it? If so please let us know on . The feedback session takes place on Monday 20 April from 9am to 12pm at West Offices and a member of our staff will be also be attending.

Nurse and midwife education

The University of York has a Service User and Carer Forum which supports the education of nurses and midwives.  They are currently establishing a steering group for the Forum which will contain people from a range of perspectives, and would like two carer representatives to be members.  The steering group will meet twice a year for two years, and will be influential in shaping service user and carer activity in the Department of Health Sciences.  If this is a role you might be interested in, please contact Beth Hardy  by Tuesday 3 March for information.

Finding and paying for social care

Do you or a member of your family pay privately for social care to help an older person with daily life? Are you interested in joining a panel to advise new research? If so, University of York researchers would like to talk to you. There will be a meeting in York on Friday 6 March from 11am to 2pm, lunch will be provided. Expenses will be met and a fee to compensate for your time will be available.  Please contact Mark Wilberforce to be involved or register your interest for future events  01904 321 297 or