November 2019: news for carers in York

25 October 2019

Welcome to the November 2019 news update for York Carers Centre

Are you paying for care? Know your rights

Join us for the Paying for Care event on Carers Rights Day. There will be a range of talks and information, complimentary lunch, and an opportunity to obtain individual advice from the speakers.

Details: Thursday 21 November from 10am to 2pm at York CVS, Priory street. Please contact us to book your place. To see the event timetable please visit

Our regular services

Carer hubs in the community

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

·        The Carers Café is on Wednesday 6 November 10 to 11.30am at St Sampson’s Centre, York

·        Haxby carers hub is Thursday 21 November at Costa Coffee Haxby from 10 to 11.30am

·        Acomb carers hub is Tuesday 26 November at Explore Acomb from 1 to 2.30pm

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 20 November 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.

York Mental Health Carers Group

A monthly group for carers of someone with a mental health condition, to chat with others and stay up to date with local services. The next group will be Wednesday 13 November from 7 to 9pm at 30 Clarence Street. You can request to be added to our monthly mental health e-bulletin for more specific mental health updates.

Mental Health Drop In

A drop in for carers supporting someone with a mental health condition, the group is aimed at: carers new to caring, caring for someone in crisis or caring for a young person. The next drop in is Wednesday 27 November from 6 to 8pm at Slug and Lettuce, Back Swinegate (at the back of the venue).

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, if you are interested in this group please contact us 01904 715490.

Evening Advice Line

Speak to our advisors about benefits, rights and community care; every Wednesday evening from 5pm to 8pm on 01904 715490.

News from other organisations

Stay well with your free flu vaccination

If you are the main carer for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP or pharmacist about having the free flu vaccine along with the person you care for. You may also be able to get the free vaccine if you get Carers Allowance. For more information about flu vaccinations for carers see  .

Every mind matters

The NHS have launched an online tool to help people make small changes that support mental health and wellbeing.  To take the short quiz and get your own personalised plan visit

Suicide Safer Community

As part of making York a suicide safer community, free safeTALK suicide alert training workshops are available for anyone in the community to attend. There are half-day sessions in November and December bookable via City Of York Council

1940’s fundraising dance

A vintage dance with live vocalists takes place on Saturday 23 November, raising funds for Rethink Mental Illness York Group; our partners in organising the York Mental Health Carers Group. The evening starts at 7.30pm in the York Hospital Social Club on Whitecross Road. For tickets and information contact

Mobile support for sight or hearing problems

If you have a sight or hearing impairment you can visit the Yorsensory mobile outreach van to get specialist advice around things like benefits and daily life. The next mobile visit will be on Wednesday 6 November from 10am to 12pm at the Chocolate Care Village, Bishopthorpe Road. Contact 01904 202292 for more information.

AA open event

Alcoholics Anonymous are holding an open event to share what they do, including a speaker from Al-Anon who provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking.  It takes place Friday 1 November from 1 to 4pm at Quaker Meeting House, Friargate.  Please confirm your attendance on

Afternoon tea and reminiscence

Reminisce about days gone by, share stories, songs and afternoon tea every Wednesday at Wigginton Recreation Hall from 2 to 4pm. To know more contact Bev Leymus from Haxby Explore Library

Free mindfulness for carers

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust are offering a free course in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy to any family members who are stressed in the role of caring for someone with a mental health condition. The course starts in January and there will be free taster sessions in November and December. To know more and book contact .

Do you need to know about accessibility?

AccessAble’s free accessibility guides are now available online, including up to date facts, figures and photographs of thousands of locations around the country. To know more go to .

Reducing isolation in the community

Community Bees is a new non profit organisation in York, supporting people who are lonely or isolated around their homes/gardens and to access local area groups. They also host a range of regular health and wellbeing as well as crafting groups around the city. To know more contact Michaela at Community Bees on 07772 107763.

Surveys and consultations

Changes to repeat prescriptions

Healthwatch are interested in hearing about the changes to repeat prescriptions and if/how it has affected you or the person that you care for. To give your feedback please complete this short survey

Wheelchair Service User Forum

The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group are hosting the Wheelchair Service User Forum on Tuesday 5 November from 1.30 to 4.40pm at York CVS, Priory Street. Wheelchair users, carers and professionals are invited to the forum which will help inform future service developments. To register contact