Carers Week (8-14 June)

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


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

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

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

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

York celebrates Carers Rights Day (Friday 28 November)

City of York Council is teaming up with partners across the city to celebrate the invaluable work of carers this week as part of national Carers Rights Day (Friday 28 November).


Carers Rights Day aims to support carers by ensuring they have the information and advice they need to claim benefits, access practical support and find out how technology can help make their lives a little easier.

This year’s theme is ‘Looking after someone? Know your rights’. It focuses on making carers aware of their rights; letting them know where to get help and support, and raising awareness of carers’ needs.

York carers week starts

York is celebrating the work of carers next week as part of national Carers Week (9-15 June).


Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign, which aims to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for and in York it’s a chance for unpaid carers to take a break and join in one of the many activities on offer.

On Monday 9 June at CVS (Priory Street) from 10am to 3pm carers can have a free health check, visit information stalls and hear short talks. There will also be some live music, a free lunch and complimentary therapies.Please call York Carers Centre on 01904 715490 to book a place.

On Wednesday 11 June York Carers Centre have a stall in the reception area of York Hospital and a bus in Parliament Street where carers can call in. York Carers Forum are also holding a Carers Service at 1.20pm in York Minster, all welcome. At 5.30pm at City of York Council West Offices there is an information sharing meeting for carers who look after an adult on the autistic spectrum.

On Friday 13 June young carers are launching their new play at York St John University.

Carers will also be able to brush up their web skills thanks to a free six-part course offered by Explore York Libraries and Archives and the Tinder Foundation, in partnership with York Carers Forum.

Running from May to September, Explore Digital Care is a free six-part course for local carers. Each carer who enrols on the course will be invited to attend six free lessons in using different aspects of the internet, including staying safe online, using email, searching the internet and using various carers resources and forums online, amongst other things.