March 2021: news for carers in York

4 March 2021

Young Carers Action Day

On 16 March it’s national Young Carers Action Day, and this year the day aims to highlight all the valuable skills young carers develop in their caring roles – such as time management and empathy-  which they take into their education and future employment. Skills which are often highly sought after by employers.

If you have a young carer in your life, or you work in education or are an employer, please take a look at how you can get involved:

Groups and sessions coming up

Here’s what we have coming up for carers in the coming weeks, please contact us on to book:

Carers Hubs

Our Carer Hubs are friendly, informal meet ups on zoom, where you can bring a brew and talk to our staff and other carers. In March we’ll be delving into York’s Viking past with York Archeological Trust, through a series of weekly short talks, with lots of opportunities to chat and ask questions throughout. Dates of the sessions are: 10, 16 and 25 March (start times vary by week), for more information see our web calendar.

Regular groups

We also have all our regular groups taking place online:

Evening Advice Line

Our Evening Advice line is open each Wednesday from 5 to 8pm. No appointment needed, and our friendly advisors can help you with questions about benefits for carers and families, community care, blue badges and carers rights – such as rights in employment. To contact the advice line: 01904 715 490.


Other News

Census 2021

Census 2021 is taking place during the coming months and it’s an important opportunity for the number of carers in York and their situations to be officially recognised – there is a specific question asking about whether you look after/give help/support to someone else. This helps government understand carers needs more accurately and is taken into account when planning services.

You will receive your census information through the post to complete online. You can request a paper copy if needed, and can get one to one support to complete it if needed- see York Explore  for help, or contact York CVS on 01904 621133 and choose Census Support.

Laughing Matters

Feel like a mental spring clean this March? Join the Wilberforce Trust Tuesday 23 March at 1pm for a free session based on laughter yoga breathing methods, to leave you feeling relaxed!  Contact to book a place on this zoom session.

Beetle Bank Social Farm

Beetle Bank not for profit social farm is still open, and operating its day care service for people with dementia on Tuesdays. Participants can get involved in many aspects of farm life like feeding animals, gardening and farm maintenance. There is a cost to attend however grants and subsidies are available, including for transport. Please get in touch for an informal chat on  

Converge at the Haven

A new range of free, one-off classes and longer courses has just launched for adults who use mental health services in York, in a range of subjects such as art, fitness, creative writing and more. Currently classes are on Zoom. For timetables and how to apply contact

Eco crafting workshop

St Nick’s are offering a free eco-crafting workshop on 9 March 5.30pm to make a felted bowl, all materials delivered to your door! Please see their website for details and bookings.

Wellbeing workshops

York Mind have a series of 2 hour, free, wellbeing workshops for anyone to attend in the coming months, such as Building Healthy Relationships, Reducing Stress and Anxiety, Mindfulness Meditation and Increasing Happiness. See the website for information and bookings.

York My Stroke Guide Closure

York My Stroke Guide Service will be closing on the 31st March. The closure does not affect the York Speakability group which will continue to run and provide support to stroke survivors and their families.  From April stroke survivors in York can continue to access My Stroke Guide as a self-management tool ( The service will ensure anyone newly affected by stroke, living in York is referred to Stroke Association Connect Service. You can get help on: 0303 3033 100 or .More info about the closure:

Get involved

Participants needed for EMPOWER employment initiative     

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust (TEWV) are looking for participants for a new video-delivered employment initiative. Are you currently looking for work? Do you ever feel overwhelmed at work? Are you struggling to return to work after a period of sick leave due to mental health? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you may be interested in taking part in the research study. TEWV are looking to see whether a new employment initiative – Dialectical Behavioural Therapy-Skills for Employment (DBT-SE) – is helpful for people who are looking to gain new employment or return to employment. To know more contact or ring 01642 283501.

City of York Council

  • The council would like your feedback on how they run the Homeshare scheme – take the survey here.  
  • Do you have feedback on the accessibility of the outdoor spaces local to you, and what improvements can be made? Take the survey here.