September 2020: News for carers in York

9 September 2020

News from York Carers Centre

All our one to one carer support and advice is being provided over the telephone at the moment, please get in touch if you need us, we’re here to help.

All our support groups and activities listed below are taking place online via zoom, and bookable by contacting our reception on or 01904 715490.  If you’d like to take part in any of the online groups, and would like help with zoom first, please let us know.

Free mindfulness classes for carers

From Thursday 17 September join us for Mindfulness for Caring and Coping, a weekly, five week course with spaces still available. See here for more details.

Escape room for the 26 to 40’s

Join us for an escape room experience for carers aged 26 to 40, where we’ll see if we can break the codes and escape! Taking place online on Tuesday 15 September at 7pm.


Our regular groups and services

Carers Socials

It’s good to talk, so bring a brew and join our Carer Support Workers and other carers for an informal and friendly monthly chat. The next social will be Monday 14 September from 2 to 3pm.

September’s monthly support groups

In September we have the substance misuse carers group, the mental health carers drop in and also the new evening group for people who are supporting someone through issues with substance misuse and/or gambling. New members are always welcome to our supportive sessions and if you’d like to know more, or chat about whether the group is for you, please get in touch.

Advice Line

The telephone advice line runs every Wednesday evening from 5 to 8pm on our usual number 01904 715 490. Next Wednesday 2 September, it’s Andrew Davies Benefits Advice Worker on the line with help and advice about benefits for carers and their families. The following Wednesday, 9 September, it will be Shirley our Advice Worker on the line providing help on topics like rights (for example employment rights), paying for care, lasting power of attorney and the blue badge scheme.

Carer Awareness Training

We have free, group carer awareness training taking place regularly on zoom over the coming months. Professionals and employers supporting carers can learn more about caring and the support available for unpaid carers across the city. Next date is: Wednesday 28 October 11am to 1pm. Contact Sam Varo to book a place 


News from other organisations

Digital Resources for Carers

City of York Council have teamed up with Carers UK to provide a range of digital tools to help support your caring role. The resources include useful guides, advice on topics such as creating an emergency backup plan, and Jointly- a care coordination app where you can share important information with your support network about the person you are caring for. Visit to create an account using York’s free code: DGTL6282. 

Additionally Carers UK have just launched a further resource, Learning for Living, designed to help carers recognise skills gained through caring so that those skills can be accredited and applied in paid work or volunteering.

York Mind

Assertiveness skills, Dancercise and a new singing group are some of the free activities coming up at York Mind in the coming months, contact for details and to book.

Online training courses

A wide range of free courses are available from national Future Learn, including this course about caring for someone with psychosis and schizophrenia.  

Share your views

Healthwatch York

Does the colour of your skin or ethnicity affect how you are treated when you use local health and social care services? Healthwatch York want to hear from as many BAME residents as possible. See the web page explaining this research, and input your feedback into the survey itself.

Feedback for local mental health trust

Throughout August Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust (TEWV) have been listening to experiences of being a user or carer of someone using their services. Their survey is open until the end of the month so take the survey to share your experiences and help improve services.  TEWV would also like feedback from anyone who has recently used their new crisis line: Take the survey .

Blue badge scheme changes in York

York Disability Rights forum have produced a report outlining concerns about changes to city centre access for blue badge holders (you can see the report here). To share your experience of this issue, please email the forum at 

Reading volunteers

Help shape the national ‘We Care’ magazine which raises funds for the national carers charity Carers Trust, by becoming a reading panel volunteer, find out more here.