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Published by May Norman at 6:45am 7th June 2020.

North Yorkshire throws spotlight on care for Carers Week

  • We're celebrating the 60,000 carers across North Yorkshire.
  • It's National Carers Week and it's a time to recognise those who care for loved ones.
  • As part of the week-long celebrations North Yorkshire’s carers resource organisations, are running a number of virtual events across the county due to lockdown restrictions.

North Yorkshire will be celebrating Carers Week next week (8-14 June) and throwing a spotlight on the work and love and commitment of the 60,000 people across North Yorkshire – one in ten of us - who are carers for family members or friends.

The work of those who provide care as part of their everyday lives has been more critical than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic with many providing more care than they have ever done before.

The majority of carers are providing more help with emotional support and are checking in on the person they care for more often and keeping them motivated as well as spending more money on food and household bills.

Richard Webb, North Yorkshire’s Director of Health and Adult Services, has himself been a carer, both as a child and in adulthood:

“60,000 people across North Yorkshire are carers for family members or friends. Let’s use Carers Week this year to thank carers, to acknowledge what carers do and that they have an identity and are part of the community in their own right, in addition to their caring responsibilities”.

Carer Weeks - North Yorkshire County Council
Richard Webb, North Yorkshire County Council
Director of Health and Adult Services

As part of the week-long celebrations North Yorkshire’s carers resource organisations, which the County Council supports with over £500,000 in funding every year, are running a number of great but different and virtual events across the county due to lockdown restrictions.

These events including a selfie and words campaign where carers and the people who support them have sent in selfie photos with words which describe the strengths all carers have for posting on social media during Carers Week. 

Carer Weeks - North Yorkshire County Council
Claire Rodney from the
Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource Centre

Adult and young carers have also been encouraged to send in stories and poems which express their experiences as carers.

In Harrogate and Craven, where the carer’s resource centre had planned a 25k walk to celebrate its 25th anniversary, staff and carers are being encouraged to join in and do this virtually as part of their daily exercise.

As well as these existing services provided by carers resource charities, the County Council has partnered with 23 community support organisations across the county to coordinate help on the ground with shopping, collecting prescriptions, caring for pets and having someone to talk to.

This help continues through our one point of contact – our customer service centre on 01609 780780 - open seven days a week from 8am to 5.30pm for people, who are without other help, to call.  Carers can also ring this number if they have any questions about the wellbeing of the person they are looking after and any other care they are receiving.

More information can be found online - by clicking here.

The County Council has also provided an advice pack for carers with links to partner organisations and advice on use of personal protective equipment.