November 2020: news for carers in York

6 November 2020

November news

It’s a challenging time for us all as we go into the second lockdown this week, and many of us may be feeling anxious. We want to remind you that we’re still here for you and to please get in touch if you need us.

We’re still:

  • Here on the phone if you need someone to talk to – 01904 715 490
  • Running a range of free zoom sessions every week to chat to other carers and our team from your home (details below)
  • Offering practical help and support with benefits, forms, finding out what you’re entitled to and your rights
  • Connecting with carers of all ages to check they’re ok, especially those who don’t use the internet.

For up to date local lockdown information over the coming weeks the City Of York Council website is being kept up to date, and see also the council news page.

Free sessions for carers this month

We have a range of advice, social and wellbeing sessions coming up, available to book now. See below, or our website calendar for details..

Let’s Talk About Food

Join us on Monday mornings in November for free sessions with nutritionist Sabine Horner all about supporting your energy, mood and overall quality of life through food. More details.

Working and Caring

It’s Carers Rights Day on 26 November and we’re holding a session for anyone who juggles their paid work with care, a frequently asked topic this year. Join us to hear about your rights and sources of support as a working carer, because having the right support in place can make things easier to manage. Plus: we’ll arrange a free cream tea to your door on the day. More details and bookings. 

Legal and Independent Financial Advice Clinics

We’ve partnered with local organisations to offer free legal and Independent Financial Advice telephone appointments to carers for Carers Rights Day:

Legal clinic on 24 November
Independent Financial Advice Clinic on 25 November

Family History

Ever wondered about the lives of relatives who came before you? Take some time out for a one-off family history session, to learn the basics of how and where to get started, on Saturday 28 November. More details.

Christmas Wreath Making

Join us for a relaxed session with facilitator Emma Cooper making a beautiful felt Christmas wreath, with all the equipment delivered to your door beforehand.  Wednesday 9 December at 10am. Details and how to book.

Regular services

All our regular groups are taking place this month, including:

News from other organisations

York Disability Week

A week long programme of events from 28 November, to mark the United Nations International Day of People with Disabilities.  There’s something for everyone, disabled and non-disabled, and most events are free.  Here’s the Complete Programme giving you full details of event, including how to book. 

Activities from York Mind

Join the team at York Mind for support and a range of groups and activities over winter, such a creative journaling, wellbeing peer support and Christmas arts and crafts. See the website for details of how to get involved.

Free mindfulness

Anyone caring for someone with mental ill health can take advantage of free, online Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust. See the website for more.

Talk suicide

If you’d like to know how you can support someone thinking about suicide, please consider the free 20-30 min training from Talk Suicide, suitable for anyone – both personally and professionally. Visit Talk Suicide for the training.

Accessing food in the lockdown

A new weekly free Foodshare is starting in Haxby, where anyone struggling to get food can get what they need. Starting when: Wednesday 18 November 12.30pm behind Haxby Memorial Hall.  Similar schemes are taking place across the city, so if you are struggling to access food at this time please let us know so that we can direct you to local help.


Give your views

Survey about medically unexplained symptoms

University of York and James Lind Alliance are researching the field of medically not explained symptoms. They would like to hear from anyone caring for someone with symptoms that are not yet explained. To give your views take the survey here, and to read more about the study see the website.