Celebrating North Yorkshire’s carers

Events will be taking place next week to highlight and celebrate the work of North Yorkshire’s unpaid carers.

Carers resources

Carers Week begins on Monday, June 10, which this year will focus on helping people with caring responsibilities to remain healthy and connected to society.

Research produced for Carers Week reveals one in three unpaid carers in the UK have felt lonely or isolated because they feel uncomfortable talking to friends about their caring role, while 61 per cent said their physical health had worsened.

In North Yorkshire there are approximately 65,000 people across all age groups who identified themselves as providing unpaid care, equating to more than one in ten people, according to the 2011 census. The true figure is believed to be much higher, as many people providing support do not recognise themselves as a carer.

Almost one in four women aged 50 to 64 provide unpaid care, with 25 per cent of women in this age group in Ryedale and 26.6 per cent in Craven, compared with the national average of 23.5 per cent.

There are also more than 18,000 carers aged 25 to 49 and more than 3,000 under the age of 25. 

North Yorkshire County Council helps fund five main carers centres across the local Clinical Commissioning Groups.

In 2015/16 the carers’ centres had more than 1,800 referrals and supported more than 1,200 new, previously unidentified adult carers. A total of 476 young carers have also been supported through the carers’ centres.

A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment looked at the impact of caring on people’s physical and mental health, relationships, ability to socialise and finances was recently published by the council.

The assessment found;

  • Carers reported they found their caring roles and responsibilities made it hard to look after their own health, exercise or eat a balanced diet. When finances are tight, carers often ensure the cared-for person gets enough food, but “make do” for themselves.
  • Health is affected by the needs for hands-on care which is physically exhausting, especially for young people caring for adults. This is often combined with sleep deprivation, injury and strain.
  • Social isolation and impact on mental wellbeing.

The Health and Wellbeing Board in North Yorkshire, in its Caring for Carers 2017 – 2022 report, identified six main issues as a result of surveying carers and organisations in depth.

As a result, its carers’ strategy set out to improve the identification of carers, improve the information and advice available to them, enable carers to take a break, improve carers’ health and wellbeing, enhance financial wellbeing and involve carers as experts.

The Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council, Cllr Jim Clark, will be attending a number of carers’ events next week. He said: “The thousands of people in North Yorkshire who provide a vital service in caring for a friend, relative or neighbour are our counties’ quiet heroes and deserve recognition for the work they put in day in, day out.  

“We want to make sure this incredible work is recognised in our society and that they receive the help and support they need.”

On 18th June, the council is holding a workshop with carers’ organisations across North Yorkshire at Allerton Court Hotel in Northallerton. This is a chance to share experiences about the support that family carers receive from the council and find ways to make that support as meaningful as possible; recognising the impact that caring has on a person’s health and actively promoting carer wellbeing and their quality of life. 

The council will be looking at all the ways it can work together to offer information, advice and other services to support carers. This involves helping people to make the most of activities and groups in their local community and keep themselves as well and healthy as possible.

A number of activities will be taking place for Carers Week next week across the county;

Harrogate and Craven

Monday, June 10

  • An exhibition of artwork created by the Making Art with Dementia carers’ group at the Carers’ Resource centre on Brook Street, Skipton.
  • Carers’ brunch. The Huntsman Lodge, Coniston Hotel. Suitable for carers and the people they care for.
  • Carers’ lunch. Golden Lion in Settle.  Suitable for carers and the people they care for.

Tuesday, June 11

  • Manicure and pedicure treatments at Craven College, Skipton. Book by June 7 at the Skipton Carers’ Resource.
  • Boat trip from Skipton Hospital. A free trip with free lunch. Suitable for carers, the people they care for and families.
  • Carers afternoon tea. Gamekeeper’s Inn, Treshfield.
  • Free haircut and blow dry by students at Craven College, Skipton.

Wednesday, June 12

  • Coffee, cake and chat at The Bean Café in Boroughbridge.
  • Relaxation session. Yorkshire Care Equipment Shop, Forest lane Head, Harrogate. Cost £5.

Thursday, June 13

  • Manicure and pedicure treatments. Students offering £5 treatments with acrylic or gel nails for carers at Craven College.
  • Parent carer coffee and cake event. Free event at the Carers’ Resource Centre in Skipton.
  • Guided tour afternoon tour around Markenfield Hall near Ripon. Carers can meet at the Carers’ Resource in Harrogate for a coach trip to the moated manor house and experience a guided tour and afternoon tea, all for £10.

To book a place on the activities, contact the Carers’ Resource centres in Skipton by noon on Friday, June 7. For the trip to Markenfield Hall contact the Carers’ Resource centre in Harrogate.

Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby

Tuesday, June 11

  • Drop-in session providing information about support available for carers in the main corridor of Scarborough Hospital.

Wednesday, June 12

  • Carers’ information drop-in session. Victoria Farm Garden Centre, Whitby.

Friday, June 14

  • Carers’ information drop-in session. Norton HIVE library.

Selby

Monday, June 10

  • Carers Week Coffee Morning. Scott Road Community Centre, Selby.

Thursday, June 13

  • Hymns and Pimms. A service to highlight the importance of unpaid carers. Selby Abbey

Hambleton and Richmondshire

Thursday, June 13

  • Service to celebrate caring at Sowerby Methodist Church.

This story was published 6 June 2019