‘Caring Behind Closed Doors’

Carers UKA 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.

Postponement of the State of Caring Conference due to COVID-19

Carers UKIn response to the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Carers UK is committed to maintaining its services as effectively as possible.

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.

Feeling isolated in a rural area?

CountrysidePeople 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.

Self-isolating or unable to shop for food?

FoodWhere 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.

Hooray! The Lunch Club is back

People eating - chef serving foodWe 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).