New support group for carers to meet at Stephen Joseph Theatre

Young Adult Carer Support Workers David Jackson and Claire Rodway.
Young Adult Carer Support Workers David Jackson and Claire Rodway.

Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource, a local charity providing free and confidential support to unpaid carers from the age of eight upwards, has received funding from “Voice Your Choice” to set up a new Carers Cuppa and Wellbeing Group.

The group will provide adult carers in the local area with a chance to meet new people.

It will also provide space to rest and relax and offer some well-deserved quality time.

The group is solely for carers as it is unable to provide support for the person they care for due to staffing levels.

A spokesman for the carers resource said: “If as a carer you would like to attend and this is a barrier to you please do get in contact and we will try to offer support.

“The first session will focus on finding out what carers want their group to become.

“The second will include a focus on wellbeing as its Mental Health Awareness Week so we hope to put on relaxation sessions, yoga and hand massages.

“The third session we’ll be celebrating Carers Week and so we hope that cake will be on the menu!

“The group will meet at Stephen Joseph Theatre on Wednesdays between 10am and noon on 20 April, 18 May, 15 June, 20 July, 17 August and 21 September and then further dates will be confirmed. Disabled access is in place.

“Please just drop in for a cuppa, no booking required. If you want any further information please email us at staff@carersresource.net or contact us on 01723 850155.”

The carers resource currently provides a direct service to over 600 unpaid adult carers per annum and 100 young carers in Scarborough Borough and Ryedale District areas of North Yorkshire. The average age of a young carer is 12.

Young carers are children and young people under 18 who provide regular and ongoing care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.