Support for families and carers of people in Foss Park Hospital

Welcome to new staff member Una Heron “I’ve recently joined York Carers Centre as a Carer Support Worker, working on the Pathway to Recovery project. This is a multi-agency project set up to improve the experience of being discharged from Foss Park mental health hospital, for both patients and families. My job is to provide […]

Let your GP know that you are a carer

Making sure your GP knowns you are an unpaid carer means you may be offered priority vaccines, and you could be offered other support, information and advice.  We recommend that you inform your GP surgery that you are an unpaid carer, and ask them to code this on your Primary Care Record.  Your GP surgery […]

I didn’t see myself as a carer, in the traditional sense..

“When I first looked for support for myself as a family member of an addict, I was pointed to York Carers Centre. I hesitated as I didn’t see myself as a carer in the traditional sense. I thought that, as a carer, you needed to care for your family member on a day to day […]

Energy costs advice

This April’s Energy Price Cap rise will be worrying for many people. If you’re worried about paying for your energy there several steps you can take:  1. Agree a Payment Plan  Contact your supplier first. Under Ofgem rules your supplier must work with you to agree on a payment plan that you can afford.  You […]

Short breaks with free accommodation

We have partnered with Carefree, a charity working with hotels, transforming their vacant rooms into vital breaks for unpaid carers. As partners we can refer carers registered with us, for a break.  How does it work  Breaks are usually for three nights and include free accommodation and breakfast for you and a companion in a twin […]

Young carers make a new film

Young carers in York have worked with our staff to create a short film to highlight what it’s like to be a young carer and how having the right support can really help. Our staff worked with pupils who attend Vale Of York Academy’s young carer drop-in, who generated ideas for the film. We then ran […]

New support for young carers and their families

We have been successful in a funding bid to provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and family support to carers aged 11 to 24 years. The project is now underway and new staff-member Emily McIver along with Jess Tomori (above), who previously managed the young adult carer service, will be working with carers and their families […]

How I came to be a volunteer Carer Champion

“I first came across York Carers Centre when I was searching for support groups for people with a loved one with an addiction as my Dad’s alcohol addiction had got out of control. I’ve been attending the Substance Misuse Support Group on zoom and I haven’t looked back since; the group has been a saviour […]

Carer friendly employers in York

We’re delighted to announce that York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded our Carer Friendly Employer Charter by committing to support members of their workforce who have caring responsibilities outside work. One in six working carers give up work because the challenge of juggling their work and caring responsibilities simply becomes too much. […]

Carers Rights at Work

It’s Carers Rights Day in November, and this year we’re focussing on Carers Rights in work, a frequently asked topic. For many carers, holding down a paid job alongside their caring responsibilities can be complicated and stressful and they may consider that giving up work is the only option. Knowing your rights and having the […]

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