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Create Arts: Creative Writing

11/11/2021 10:30 am - 12:45 pm |

Join us and national charity Create Arts for a fantastic opportunity to express yourself and your experiences of caring, using the art of creative writing.

This course of online workshops will enable you to explore your creativity, have fun and express your ideas through writing by using your experiences to make a difference.

No prior experience or skill required; we have a professional artist coming to run these workshops who will make it all happen.

When: Thursdays from 4 November to 16 December.

Time: 10.30am to 12.45pm each week.

Where: Zoom.

Booking: Please contact us to book your place events@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk

- Creative Crafts (with York Learning)

15/11/2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am | York Explore Library

In partnership with York Learning, our free 10 week Creative Crafts course just for York Carers Centre, will give you the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at a wide variety of craft techniques within a friendly and supportive environment.

There will be time to practice, explore and to develop new skills, taught to you by tutor Debs New, and support will be given to help you experiment with materials and to develop your own ideas. The techniques that will be taught will include felt making, collage, simple printing and embroidery.

There will be plenty of materials and fabrics to practice with, however, you may bring things in that you have at home to allow you to personalise your work.

Sessions will be informal and there will be chance to chat to our staff and other carers.

 

When: Every Monday from 20 September until 22 November (10 weeks), from 10am to 11.30am

Where: York Explore Library (city centre)

Bookings:  01904 715 490 or events@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk

You’re also welcome to book a place for the person you care for.

We are working within Covid-safety guidance, and to ensure everyone stays safe we require all attendees to book a place beforehand.

Caring and Coping with bereavement, grief and loss

16/11/2021 10:15 am - 12:00 pm |

This series of Caring and Coping will focus on bereavement, grief and loss, and be facilitated online by counsellor Christine Bailey.

The sessions will provide carers with an opportunity for quiet reflection, small group discussion and sharing of their experiences of loss, grief and bereavement and look at how we maintain our wellbeing and enhance our resilience in the face of loss. 

Workshop 1: The care we give to others

In this workshop we will explore the system for caregiving, with which carers will be very familiar.  What messages do we bring from our early lives that tell us what sort of carer we should be?  How has the way we give care to others been changed by the losses we have experienced?  How has it influenced the way we are dealing with our losses now?  Does our old style of care-giving still work for us or can we update our programming to give us more freedom and flexibility?

Workshop 2: The care we get for ourselves

Have our losses meant that our usual sources of support are no longer available?  Even people who look after others can ask for care for themselves to ensure their own needs are met.  Where people have not had responsive caregivers in early life, they often find it difficult as adults to ask clearly for what they need, or don’t dare to ask in the first place.  In this workshop we will explore the system for care-seeking and learn ways of asking effectively for help in the face of loss and grief.

 Workshop 3: Rekindling and sharing our interests: friendship and intimacy

In this workshop we will look at the barriers to pursuing our interests that can arise through loss, and also how our interests, passions and hobbies can help us cope with our losses.  We will explore the value of pursuing and sharing our interests with people as skilled and enthusiastic as we are.  We will also reflect on the importance of recognising and valuing our sexual selves, and acknowledging the impact of loss and grief on our intimate relationships.

Workshop 4: The “F” words: Fight, flight, freeze and flop

In this workshop we will refresh our understanding of the biological responses of fight, flight, freeze and flop and how they relate to loss, grief and bereavement.  Does grief feel like fear, as C S Lewis so poignantly wrote on the loss of his wife many years ago?  Might our fear of losing someone or something in the future be impacting on us today?  What steps might we take towards controlling our own fear so it doesn’t control us?

Workshop 5: What goes on inside us

In this workshop we will explore “what goes on inside us” – our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, and how these can change when we suffer a loss.  We will reflect on some methods to stop, challenge and sidestep the constant internal chatter that many of us experience and which can undermine our ability to cope.

Workshop 6: What is just outside us

In this workshop we will explore the part our immediate environment plays in maintaining our wellbeing and reflect on the influences that inform the way we shape our surroundings.  We will discuss how our homes, gardens and pets might be changed by our losses, and also how they might help us cope with loss and grief.

More information: The course structure will be provided by the McCluskey Model of attachment which describes how our 7 innate, biological attachment systems work together to maintain our wellbeing and enhance our resilience in the face of loss.

Where: Sessions will be online.

When: Tuesdays from 9 November to 14 December from 10.15am to 12pm.

To book please contact: events@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk or 01904 715 490.

- Carers Hub: Clifton

16/11/2021 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm | York Youth Hostel, Harris Room

Come and see us for a chat at one of our friendly in-person Carer Hubs in the coming months.

The Hubs are a great opportunity to catch up with our staff and other carers, ask any questions and get advice you might need, along with some nice refreshments!

Come along to any or all of the hubs, no matter where you live in York, and you’re very welcome to bring the person you care for too.

To ensure the Hubs are as safe as possible we are using closed venues, rather than drop-in venues, for now.

Please do book in advance to attend the Hubs, even if it is just a day or two before. This helps us make sure we don’t exceed maximum numbers. Contact to book: events@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk

Where and when are the Clifton Carers Hubs:

York Youth Hostel, Clifton

  • Tuesday 19 October from 5.45 to 7.15pm 
  • Tuesday 16 November from 5.45 to 7.15pm 

Please see our calendar for the York Centre and Haxby hub dates.

Carers Action Group

17/11/2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Friends Meeting House

This group is for carers who want to be involved in making changes and meet with local decision makers to influence and improve services.

New carers are always welcome to the group, which includes a light lunch afterwards.

Please get in touch with Sharron Smith for more information and to book on: 01904 715 490 or sharron.smith@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk

-Substance Misuse Carers Group

17/11/2021 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm |

This supportive session is for people affected by someone else’s substance misuse and is a chance to talk to other carers and our staff.

New members are very welcome, and if you haven’t attended before our facilitator will offer you a telephone appointment beforehand.

It runs on the third Wednesday of each month from 1.30 to 3pm.

The group is currently on Zoom however you can also dial in via telephone if preferred.

Please contact us: to book on 01904 715 490 or  events@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk

Create Arts: Creative Writing

18/11/2021 10:30 am - 12:45 pm |

Join us and national charity Create Arts for a fantastic opportunity to express yourself and your experiences of caring, using the art of creative writing.

This course of online workshops will enable you to explore your creativity, have fun and express your ideas through writing by using your experiences to make a difference.

No prior experience or skill required; we have a professional artist coming to run these workshops who will make it all happen.

When: Thursdays from 4 November to 16 December.

Time: 10.30am to 12.45pm each week.

Where: Zoom.

Booking: Please contact us to book your place events@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk

- Creative Crafts (with York Learning)

22/11/2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am | York Explore Library

In partnership with York Learning, our free 10 week Creative Crafts course just for York Carers Centre, will give you the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at a wide variety of craft techniques within a friendly and supportive environment.

There will be time to practice, explore and to develop new skills, taught to you by tutor Debs New, and support will be given to help you experiment with materials and to develop your own ideas. The techniques that will be taught will include felt making, collage, simple printing and embroidery.

There will be plenty of materials and fabrics to practice with, however, you may bring things in that you have at home to allow you to personalise your work.

Sessions will be informal and there will be chance to chat to our staff and other carers.

 

When: Every Monday from 20 September until 22 November (10 weeks), from 10am to 11.30am

Where: York Explore Library (city centre)

Bookings:  01904 715 490 or events@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk

You’re also welcome to book a place for the person you care for.

We are working within Covid-safety guidance, and to ensure everyone stays safe we require all attendees to book a place beforehand.

- Carer Awareness Training

22/11/2021 10:30 am - 12:30 pm |

Free two hour session offering an introduction to York Carers Centre, and looking at how anyone in the community can identify and support unpaid carers:

  • An opportunity for professionals to learn more about the support available for unpaid carers across the city.
  • Increase understanding of carers, their role and its effect on their lives.
  • Explore how professionals working in the health and social care field, or anyone in the community, can help to: identify carers early; recognise them as ‘partners’ in care; help carers to maintain their own health and wellbeing.

The sessions include a presentation from our Training Officer, sharing of information around current carer issues (such as Covid-19 and isolation), discussions, a quiz and sharing of links to carer films on YouTube. One of our volunteer carer champions shares her experience of caring, and what types of support can help.

Courses run regularly throughout the year, currently on Zoom.

To book contact Sam Varo at Vale of York CCG:  

sam.varo@nhs.net  or phone 01904 551 773.

Upcoming dates:

  • Monday 22 November 2021
  • Wednesday 26 January 2022

Sessions run from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

- Get Heard in the UK Parliament

22/11/2021 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm |

Join this digital session to find out what Parliament is, what it does and how to get your voice heard on issues you care about, especially Carers rights, as we mark Carers Rights Day.

We will explore the following topics:

  • working with your local MP and with members of the House of Lords to raise your concerns
  • relevant groups (Select Committees) within Parliament who challenge the Government on their policies and how to work with them
  • working within the law making process and how to get involved with UK Parliament and Government Petitions.

The workshop is for any carer over the age of 18, and is facilitated by Lynn Hobson, Senior Education and Engagement Officer for North East, Yorkshire and Humberside for the UK Parliament.

We’ll also be sending all attendees a cream tea or similar treat on the day!

When: Monday 22 November from 12.45 to 2.30pm

Where: Online

How to book: please contact events@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk

 

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