Please look out for vulnerable neighbours over the Christmas period

City of York Council is urging residents to think of vulnerable friends and neighbours over the festive period.

Casserole_Christmas_Campaign_HeaderIt’s estimated that over half a million older people in the UK spend Christmas Day alone*.

Councillor Carol Runciman, Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health, City of York Council, said: “For many people, Christmas and the festive break is a chance to spend time with family and friends. But for hundreds of older and vulnerable people across the York area the holiday period can be a lonely and difficult time.

“I would urge people to pop in to check on vulnerable neighbours or make time for elderly relatives to make sure they have a warm, healthy and happy Christmas. No one should be lonely over the festive period.”

Top tips for supporting older or vulnerable neighbours, friends and relatives, include:

  • Make sure they’re warm enough – the temperature in their home should be at least 18oC, particularly if they are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over, and they may need to wear several layers of clothes to stay warm.
  • Try to make sure they have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.
  • Check that they have enough medication to last the period that their GP practice is closed, so they don’t risk getting ill if they run out.
  • Information about social groups and activities for older people is available through www.connecttosupport.org/york or through contacting Age UK York on 01904 627995.

Christmas can also be a particularly difficult time for people living with dementia. For information about how to support people with dementia over the festive period, visit http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/ and search for ‘tips for Christmas support’.

For more information about Age UK’s national Spread the Warmth campaign visit http://www.ageuk.org.uk/ or see http://www.york.gov.uk/for more information about keeping well during winter.

*figures based on research carried out by Age UK in 2011

Carers Rights Day on Friday

Thousands of people looking after a disabled, older or seriously-ill loved one in the region may be missing out on vital benefits and support.

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It’s estimated that there are over 18,000 carers in York alone, with around 1,300 under the age of 18.

Carers Rights Day (Friday 20th November) brings together organisations across the UK to help carers in their local community find out about their rights and how to get the help and support they are entitled to.

It’s hoped that the Day will help reach out to the 6.5 million people in the UK who care for an older, seriously-ill or disabled loved one, informing them of the rights, benefits and the services they are entitled to; including benefits, such as Carer’s Allowance, short breaks and access to equipment and technology which can help them in their caring role.

Carole Zagrovic, Chief Executive of York Carers Centre, said:

“It’s vital that we reach out to the thousands of carers in York and let them know about their rights and the support they could be entitled to. We will be able to provide carers with important advice and information to make sure they know how to get the financial and practical support they need, when they need it.”

Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

“Every day, 6,000 people begin caring for a disabled, older or seriously-ill loved one. But when this caring journey starts, it can be hard to get the help and advice you need. Without this support, caring can take a serious toll on a carer’s health, finances and wellbeing. No one should have to care alone and Carers Rights Day events mean they don’t have to; carers can get the essential information and advice they need and connect with other local carers.”

Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive member for Adult Social Care and Health, City of York Council, said: “Carers are the unsung heroes of our communities. They provide care and support to friends and loved-ones, but are often unaware of the help and support they can get themselves. Often carers do not realise the importance or significance of the work they do. Carers Rights Day is an opportunity to celebrate the impact carers have in our society, while raising the profile of the rights they have and help available.”

Carers can download a copy of the Carers’ Rights’ Guide at www.carersuk.org/carersrightsguide or order a free copy by calling the Carers UK’s Adviceline on 0808 808 7777 or emailing advice@carersuk.org

For more information about York Carers Centre, please contact enquiries@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk or phone 01904 715490.

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Plans to provide more ‘extra care’ homes for older people submitted

Glen Lodge

Glen Lodge

Plans to meet the care and support needs of York’s older people are continuing to gather pace with the submission of a planning application to extend the facilities at Glen Lodge Extra Care facility.

The proposals are part of the council’s plans to modernise accommodation for older people in the city giving them more choice and control about the care and support they receive, as well as meeting the increased demand: in the next 15 years the number of people aged over 75 will increase by 50%.

The plans will go through the normal planning process and be considered by the Planning Committee in the new year.

They involve building 25 new flats and two bungalows, each having access to 24/7 ‘extra care’ support, providing residents with flexible care in their own home. Each of the homes has been specially designed to meet the meets of people with complex care needs, including dementia.

The proposals have met with support from residents and neighbours and, if approved, building will begin in 2016 and be completed by summer 2017.

Council set to consult people with learning difficulties

Adults (aged 18 and over) with Learning Disabilities and their family and carers are being invited to talk about their experiences of living in York as part of plans to improve services.

People are invited to attend one of two engagement sessions on Monday 14 September at Tang Hall Community Centre from 1-3pm or at the Priory Street Centre on Monday 28 September from 11am-1pm.

The sessions, which will be run by Inclusion North – an organisation promoting the inclusion of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers – will focus on a wide range of issues including:

  • Travelling in York.
  • Leisure activities and keeping healthy.
  • Keeping safe and hate crime.
  • Growing old and planning for the future.
  • Getting a job and learning new skills.
  • Young people moving into adulthood.
  • People being placed in services outside the local area.

The sessions have been organised by the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Partnership Board, which is part of York’s Health and Wellbeing Board. (more…)

Welfare cuts to hit 31,000 residents in York

New research has revealed the extent of the benefit cuts that will affect local residents following the recent Conservative Budget. 

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New analysis has estimated that in York:

The four year freeze on working age benefits means 31,000 York residents on working age benefits and their families will lose an average of £260 per year.

This includes 28,000 working people whose families will have to make up an average £280 shortfall per year in working tax credits. 740 York residents in the Employment and Support Allowance work related activity group, considered only temporarily too ill to work, will lose a further £30 per week as their allowance is brought down to the level of Jobseekers Allowance (for those unemployed but considered fit to work).

Other measures include:

  • cutting the household benefit cap to £20,000
  • limiting Child Tax Credit to 2 children for children born from April 2017
  • ending automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18-21 year olds
  • limiting child tax credits to 2 children
  • reducing the amount of tax credits anyone with an income of more than £3,300 can receive

Cllr Sheena Jackson, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Westfield, commented:

Cllr Sheena Jackson

Cllr Sheena Jackson

“These measures will mean big reductions for the poorest residents in York, particularly those who are too ill to work and those in work but unable to make ends meet. It will often be the local council that will have to pick up the pieces when people have nowhere left to turn.

“It is not possible to address the deficit without looking at the welfare bill; however, these cuts will cause problems for many local residents in York.

“We’re now seeing the Tories jump at the chance to implement all those measures that the Lib Dems stopped them from doing in Government, forcing those already struggling to make ends meet to shoulder a £12bn saving.”

 

York Council appoints new social care Director

City of York Council has appointed Martin Farran as the Director of Adult Social Care, subject to final recruitment protocols, to take over the post from Interim Director Guy Van Dichele from October.

Before taking on his role in Barnsley in 2005, he was a senior manager working across adults’ and children’s services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council. (more…)

New IT system in York will benefit disadvantaged children

A new IT system will put children at its heart while freeing social workers to spend even more time with young people and their families.

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The new MOSAIC system for City of York Council’s Children’s Services is a state-of-the-art system which will map the work being done with over 1,000 of the most vulnerable children and their families in the city, to ensure that they are given the right help at the right time to improve their life chances.

It will have a secure online portal which will allow parents, carers and the children and young people themselves to participate in the planning and review of the work being done to support them
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Carers Week (8-14 June)

Groups across the city are joining forces to celebrate Carers Week 2015.

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Cares Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

It’s estimated that there are over 18,000 carers in York alone, with around 1,300 under the age of 18. Many carers have been caring for their relatives or friends for a considerable period of time and also have other roles and responsibilities such as employment, education or other caring roles.

This year, the Carers Week campaign focuses on building ‘Carer Friendly Communities. Communities’ which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

Activities happening throughout the week in York include:

Monday 8 June:

York Carers Forum are holding a Carers Services at York Minster at 1.20pm for anyone involved in caring, or those being cared for.

Tuesday 9 June

York Carers Centre will be hosting a stall in the main reception of York District Hospital to raise awareness and hand out information.

Wednesday 10 June

York Carers Centre is inviting carers from across York to meet over lunch, share the problems they face and explore what can be done to make a difference. Leading on from the theme of Carers Week 2015 ‘building carer friendly communities’, carers are being invited to attend Briar House Resources between 1 to 3pm to form a new group – York Carers Action Group – which will regularly meet to help drive change and enable carers voices to be heard amongst key decision makers, especially through City of York Council and the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group.

Please contact Sharron Smith for further details on 01904 715490or email sharron.smith@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk

York Carer Centre’s volunteers will also be leading a newspaper nail art session in Tesco’s community room, Askham Bar between 1.30 to 3.30pm.

Thursday 11 June

A new toolkit for carers in or thinking about getting involved in Higher Education launches at York St. John’s  University. Created by The Carers Trust and National Network of Universities Supporting Young Adult Carers the toolkit is designed to help students with caring responsibilities to access and succeed in HE.

The toolkit highlights the struggles a Young Adult Carer can face and how to best support them so that they can reach their full potential.  A conference for universities and other professionals who work with people in HE will be held at York St Johns University on Thursday to promote the toolkit..

For more information on the University Toolkit please contact Hayley on 01904 715490or email hayley.robson@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk

Staff and volunteers from York Carers Centre will be raising awareness of carers at Sainsbury’s, Monks Cross.

Friday 12 June (National Young Carers Day)

Carers are invited to join York Carers Centre for afternoon tea at the Archbishop’s Palace in Bishopthorpe to celebrate the end of Carers Week. For more information or to book call 01904 715490or email enquiries@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June Young carers and young adult

carers will be bag packing at Sainsbury’s, Monks Cross.

Guy Van Dichele, Interim Director of Adult Social Care, City of York Council, said: “Carers are a vitally important, but often forgotten part of a local community and it’s crucial that we help support them in what can be a difficult and isolating role. I’m particularly looking forward to working with the newly formed York Carers Action Group to see how we can help and support carers in the city.”

For more information on any of the events contact York Carers Centre 01904 715490 or visit http://www.yorkcarerscentre.co.uk/.

Mobile wardens to help elderly in Dringhouses and Woodthorpe

Mobile wardens support customers to maintain their independence within their own homes for as long as possible.

Commissioned by City of York Council Supporting People Team and delivered by Yorkshire Housings Mobile Warden Team this service is available to people of retirement age and people with physical disabilities who live within City of York Council boundaries.
Mobile wardens support customers to maintain their independence within their own homes for as long as possible. Support may include promoting independence by developing life skills, accessing community and social activities, support to complete forms, financial assessments to maximise income/benefits, support to access healthcare and/or assistive technology. It’s all about customer choice and what support they would like.
Services we cannot provide but can signpost to include personal care, cooking, cleaning, shopping and transport.
A mobile floating support warden visits the customer in their own home and the service is available Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm” (excluding Public Holidays).

If you need any more information or would like to discuss any aspect of the service please contact Sam Jones telephone 07848 011 260, email: samantha.jones@yorkshirehousing.co.uk

Fresh look for York Connect to Support – Core Information and Advice eMarketplace

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A website offering information about local services, providers and activities and groups for adults needing care and support has a fresh new look this month.

Connect to Support York has been updated and refreshed to ensure that the information on the site is inline with new national changes to care and support as laid out in the Care Act legislation.

The site enables people to find out about activities and groups in their local area; source information and advice, and purchase their own help and support directly from provider organisations.
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