May 2020: news for carers in York

11 May 2020

May news from York Carers Centre

As the situation with coronavirus evolves it’s important to us that you know how to access help, both for yourself and the person you care for.  Our team are here on the phones operating our usual service and offering support and advice.  If you need support or someone to talk to, please get in touch on 01904 715 490.

We’re regularly updating our website with national and local information/resources for carers support , including the official government advice for carers .

There are now a number of local groups across the city offering help, if you’re not sure who to contact for a particular issue (such as getting shopping) then contact us and we can put you in touch with the most appropriate service or group to help.


Virtual support groups

In May we’ll start to run some of our monthly support groups for carers online using Zoom, allowing you to get support from our staff and other carers from your home.  We’re starting with the substance misuse carers group and the mental health carers groups. If you’re not familiar with Zoom and need help before the group please let us know.

  • Substance misuse carers group: Wednesday 20 May from 2 to 3.15pm.   To take part, contact
  • Mental health carer drop in:  Wednesday 13 May and Wednesday 27 May, both drop ins will run from 6 to 7pm. Open to all mental health carers who may find it useful. You’re welcome to drop in for a short chat or stay the whole time. To take part contact


Carers Week 2020

Carers Week in June is an annual, national campaign which recognises carers, the challenges faced and the contribution carers make to our families and communities. Here in York we’ve made some changes and now plan to mark the event with sessions for carers to get involved in from home. See below for sessions now available to book, and we’ll be offering more in our next e-news and via our website. Please get in touch with us on 01904 715 490 or to book as places are limited.

       Information and advice

  • Legal Clinic for carers: Tuesday 9 June. Free, confidential 30 minute telephone appointments with Belinda Poulter at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors 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.

       Connect with other carers

  • Talking about loss: Monday 8 June 10.30am to 12pm on Zoom. A supportive, group session with the opportunity to talk to others, including professionals about coping with grief, bereavement and loss. Facilitated by our staff and the charity Talking About Loss.
  • Mindfulness: Thursday 11 June (2 to 3.30pm) on Zoom. A 90 minute supportive session for carers with Ali Gear and Susie MacKenzie.
  • Carers social: Wednesday 12 June (time to be confirmed) on Zoom. More details to follow in the June bulletin.


Carer Awareness Training

We’re now offering our free face to face Carer Awareness Training via Zoom, with regular sessions over the coming months. Professionals working with carers can learn more about carers and the support available for unpaid carers across the city. It is an opportunity to explore the role of carers and the effect of caring on people’s lives. 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 Tues 26 May, Weds 3 June, Weds 24 June

Booking: Contact Sam Varo to book a place


Project Lockdown for young carers

Project Lockdown is a programme of creative weekly activities for our young carers to take part in. This could include designing a superhero, writing a poem or short story, making a time capsule or baking a cake. All young carers registered with our service can take part and our team have been making contact to share the project. Follow us @yorkcarers on Twitter, Facebook and Instragram as we’ll be regularly sharing pictures of the creative projects! Or contact us to know more:


Give your views

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


For resources and links to other organisations, see our COVID-19 website resources:


Lastly, what do you want to see in our next newsletter?

Our quarterly newsletter will be out in June; things have changed and we would like to know what you would find useful in these current times.

We’d also like to hear what’s keeping you going during the lockdown? Do you have a project you’d like to share?

Please email to let us know at . We’d like to gather and use or share your suggestions.