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York Carers Centre logoYork Carers Centre is an independent body that helps unpaid carers in York find the support they need.

Carers provide regular help to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour due to frailty, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.

August 2014 email update

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Email imageStart living (a mindful life) - mindfulness course for carers 

The course is aimed at carers who feel that they need to take control of their anxiety, stress or depression issues. You should have an open mind to finding new ways to live your life.

This mindfulness course will run every Friday for 5 weeks from 10am to noon, starting on 15 August, at 24 Swinegate York (YO1 8AZ).  York Learning and York Carers Centre work in partnership to provide this course.  For more information contact Angela Whitehall on 07833 402845 or email

Golf trip for carers

On Friday 29 August, from 10am to noon, join us for a game of crazy golf, and have a go on the driving range.  The range is at Greystones Farm, Towthorpe Lane, York YO32 9ST but transport is available if required from City Centre (please let us know when you book). To book call York Carers Centre on 01904 715490 or email:

Weekly Artbus workshops

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Art logoWeekly art workshops for people who have dementia at St Paul’s Church, Holgate on Thursdays from 2.30 to 4.30pm starting on 4 September

  • Friendly and informal
  • Run by community artist Kirstie Briggs Bateman
  • Free transport available
Meet new people Have a good time Make something beautiful Show the world what you CAN do!
To book a place, contact: or call 07905 117108.

Introduction to T'ai Chi for Carers

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There are some free places are available for York carers on a short series of classes introducing the principles and health benefits of the ancient art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Suitable for beginners of all abilities.  Saturday 9, 16, 23 and 30 August, 9 to11am at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School, Hamilton Drive, York, YO24 4JW.

Please contact Paul Neary to book a place or call 07903 755847.

Tony Ives' big journey

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Tony IvesAt the end of this month Tony Ives leaves for his mammoth fund raising cycle ride across America, raising money to support unpaid carers in York.  Raising funds for York Carers Centre Tony is encouraging people to donate money at

A keen cyclist for many years Tony is no stranger to cycling long distances, having already pedalled his way from York to Faro (in Portugal total 2,000ml) and York to Milan (in Italy total 1,000ml). This journey, however, is ambitious and an enormous challenge.

Between 18 July to 25 September Tony will cycle 3,700 miles from Yorktown, Virginia to San Francisco, California: in short, he will travel across the entire United States of America using nothing but the power of the pedal to get him there.

Tony particularly wants to support carers struggling to care for someone with substance misuse or alcohol problems and felt inspired to raise money to help a small charity, or the ‘little guy’ in his own words, and he chose York Carers Centre:

 'I am a York resident, so what happens here is important to me. And I sympathise for the many people giving a lot of their time and their lives caring for others, particularly since there are two people affected and a lot of the time the carer can be unappreciated, even by the person they care for.'

You can follow Tony’s progress across America on his website:

Loneliness resource pack

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Jospeh Rowntree Foundation logoJoseph Rowntree Foundation have developed a set of resources to help individuals, groups, communities and neighbourhoods take a closer look at – and to reduce – loneliness.

They have created a resource pack that brings together the lessons and experiences from the programme:

Research shows young adult carers struggling to cope in higher education

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Carers Trust logoResearch by Carers Trust and The University of Nottingham reveals that young adult carers often struggle at college and university because of their caring role.

Issues with lateness or absence arise as a result of having to balance their caring responsibilities with studying, which means that over half of them experience difficulties and as many as 16% feel they might have to drop out – more than twice the national dropout rate.

Visit the Carers Trust website to find out more.

IT and coffee for carers

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Computer mouseGot a burning question about computers? Need to speak to an expert about your mobile phone? Fancy having a go on a tablet or e-reader? Call in for coffee and a chat and there’s even 10% off coffee and tea for all carers:

  • Acomb Explore : Friday 5 September, 2 to 4pm

This event is supported by York Carers Forum and 

Information Exchange at Space 217

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Drop in for a creative chat to share information and explore ways of accessing a wide range of community activities.

  • Browse information about local interest/social groups.
  • Find out about the range of local opportunities- social, leisure, learning and voluntary.
  • Tell us about groups you know.

Dementia or memory problems - carer and family group

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York Teaching hospital logoAre you a relative or carer of someone who has dementia or memory problems at York Hospital?

You are warmly invited to drop in for a cup of tea, in Ward 37's Quiet Room, any Thursday afternoon at 2.00pm (before visiting).  The informal group is an opportunity to meet each other and share views about the care and support provided by York hospital.


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