October 2019: news for carers in York

25 October 2019

Welcome to the October 2019 news update for York Carers Centre

Our news

Acomb carers hub is moving

In order to be accessible to carers across the whole Acomb community, our Acomb hub will be moving venue every three months. From October to December the hub will meet in the café at Explore Acomb.  The next Acomb hub is Tuesday 22 October from 1 to 2.30pm.

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

Dates for our other hubs are:

·        The Carers Café is on Wednesday 2 October, 10 to 11.30am, at St Sampson’s Centre, York.

·        Haxby Hub is Thursday 17 October at Costa Coffee, Haxby from 10 to 11.30am.


Our regular services

Substance Misuse Support Group

A monthly group for carers affected by substance misuse to drop in for information and guidance. The next session is  Wednesday 16 October from 1.30 to 3.30pm, in the Community Room at Tesco Askham Bar. No need to book if you’ve been before. If you’re new to the group please phone us to make a short appointment with the group facilitator before it starts.

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 9 October from 7 to 9pm at 30 Clarence Street. There’s no need to book. You can request to be added to our monthly mental health e-bulletin for more specific mental health updates.

Mental Health Drop In

A new 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 30 October 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

Support for employers with carers in their workforce

Are you a carer who works for an employer in York with fewer than 250 employees? If so, your employer can access a wealth of free information from national resource Employers for Carers, to help them better support yourself and other people in the workforce who also have caring responsibilities at home. The online resource is easily accessed via www.efcdigital.org  and use the City Of York Council funded passcode: #EFC6282.

Dementia course for carers and family members

The Alzheimer’s Society have a free, four week course coming up every Thursday morning during November for carers and family members of people with dementia. The sessions will cover:  understanding  dementia, support, care, legal and money matters and coping day to day. It is bookable via yorkservices@alzheimers.org.uk or 01904 929444.   Also in November is a free six week course for people with a diagnosis of dementia bookable via the same contacts.

Jumbulance bus visiting York

The Jumbulance (specially converted coach that is a registered ambulance) is visiting York on Friday 1 November outside Marks and Spencer’s Pavement entrance from 10am to 5pm. The accessible coaches provide people with

disabilities or chronic illness the opportunity to in safety and comfort across the UK and Europe. See  www.jumbulance.org.uk for more information.

Drop in to see Specialist Autism Services at Explore York

Visit the Talking Points session at Explore York, Museum Street on Thursday 24 October between 10am and 12pm to speak to staff from Specialist Autism Services. They will be providing diagnosis information for adults on the autistic spectrum. More information on www.specialistautismservices.org .

Talking therapy appointments available

If you care for someone and you are experiencing low mood or anxieties, free NHS talking therapies are available via Improving Access to Psychological Therapies on 01904 556840 .

Community drop in sight/hearing loss support

Yorsensory’s mobile outreach service offers the chance to drop in and speak to professionals about sight or hearing problems affecting you or someone close to you.  The outreach van will be visiting  Hartrigg Oaks Care Village, Haxby Road on Wednesday 9 October from 10.30am to 2.30pm and then Clifton Explore Library on Wednesday 30 October from 10.30am to 2pm.  Visit  www.yorsensory.org.uk for more.

Women’s project seeking volunteers

Kyra women’s project are looking for volunteers who can commit to 4 hours a week to support women in making positive changes in their lives, contact Kyra on 01904 632332 or contact@kyra.org.uk for more information.

Ageing Without Children (AWOC)

AWOC aims to help people ageing without children live a later life free of the free fear of ageing alone and being without support. The local group invites you to share ideas, take action and enjoy a snack every second Wednesday of the month at the Cross Keys Pub, Goodramgate. For more details contact Sue Lister on 01904 488870 or visit www.awwoc.org