A report, by Carers UK, ‘Caring Behind Closed Doors’ provides a real insight into the experience of being a carer during this pandemic over a 10 day period in April. The comments by carers highlight the stress and heart-breaking concerns they experience. 55% of unpaid carers feel overwhelmed and are worried that they are going to burnout in the coming weeks. Read the report here.
They have been monitoring the outbreak very closely. As you know the situation has rapidly changed as has the guidance. As a result they have decided to postpone the State of Caring conference scheduled to take place on 16th July 2020.
The State of Caring Conference 2020 will now take place on Wednesday 21st October 2020 at Holiday Inn Bloomsbury. See here for more details about the conference.
They will continue to take bookings, however, they will not get in touch with conference updates before the end of May as they do appreciate everyone’s priorities and way of working have been impacted due to the latest developments. Contact them by email or visit their website for more information and updates.
If your vehicle is due for an MOT on or after March 30th 2020, the MOT date will b extended by 6 months. Different rules apply for lorries, buses and trailers. For further information, please go to our ‘Topical News’ page.
People aged over 70 have been told by the government to prepare to self-isolate for potentially a “very long time” to help tackle the spread of coronavirus. But what will life be like for those in the countryside, often far away from their families? Follow this link to read about the experience of one rural area. However, there are lots of charitable and voluntary organisations who are helping older people. Follow this link to find out about some of the resources which are available to support older people.
Where to find food & necessities during the Coronavirus outbreak? As at 23 March, HELP and Supporting Older People, have kindly provided a list of some companies offering deliveries locally to people who are having to self-isolate at home over the coming weeks. Please note this may be subject to change, depending on the developing situation. For the list of suppliers, please visit our ‘Topical News’ page.
This information is also being communicated via North Yorkshire Community Messaging.
LNER has announced new restrictions to its rail services. The company has closed its telephone lines and so there will be delays in replying to enquiries. For further details of all of the changes, please see our ‘Topical News’ page.
There is an updated warning from North Yorkshire Police about scams related to the coronavirus. For more details, please see our ‘alerts’ page. Be prepared – don’t get taken in by the scammers.
The British Craft Trade Fair 2020 will be open to the pubic for one day only on April 4th. This is a first for this event. Visitors will be able to view the best that British craftsmen have to offer – all made in the U.K. The event takes place at the Yorkshire Event Centre and advanced tickets are on sale now.
We are delighted to say that Suzanne Marsland has very kindly agreed to take over the organisation of the Lunch Club, with the help of Judy Moisey. So, to celebrate, we are going to one of the Forum members’ favourite restaurants for lunch. To book a place, please contact Suzanne by telephone: 01423 560384.
Further Lunch Club dates will be announced in due course, in our newsletter and on our ‘Forum Events’ webpage. (Please see the notes at the top of that page).