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Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource is now Carers Plus Yorkshire and the charity is moving a pace……

On 7th June, Carers Plus Yorkshire (formerly Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource) started a new chapter in the Charity’s history; we had a fabulous launch of the organisation’s new ‘look and feel’ during National Carers Week, and we are now looking forward to our next milestone, colleagues in Hambleton & Richmondshire joining us on the 1st July.

Lots of exciting plans are being made for the summer to ensure unpaid carers have plenty of opportunities to meet, talk and enjoy some time together; here’s hoping the sunshine lasts for a good while yet!

Seeking a Service Manager to work from our Northallerton offices

Alongside carers opportunities, we are excited to announce our first Carers Plus Yorkshire recruitment drive. We are seeking to recruit a fabulous new Service Manager to work on a full-time basis from our Northallerton Offices. The post will be pivotal in helping the Senior Management Team to drive forward excellent, high quality Carers Services to every part of the Hambleton & Richmondshire and will be joining a small team of very experienced advisers. Working within the voluntary sector can be exceptionally rewarding and inspiring work - so if you feel you have the skills, experience and enthusiasm to join an amazing team of colleagues please read on!

Vacancy - Service Manager

Based in the Northallerton Office

37.5 hrs per week (flexibility to include occasional evenings and weekends if required)
Salary: £31,219

We are seeking an experienced, inspiring and motivative Service Manager with excellent leadership skills to drive the daily operations/services of the charity, to enhance performance and ensure the organisation operates to the highest standards in service delivery and people management. Are you passionate about providing high quality services within a growing organisation? Do you have enthusiasm, a good sense of humour and empathy? You will need project management and people skills with the ability to supervise staff and to support service users.

Find out more and download an Application Pack [here]

Covid Vaccine for Carers

The vaccination process for carers:

Some of you may have received your first vaccination already, but many carers are still awaiting their invitation to book an appointment for their Covid 19 vaccination. We have received many queries about this, from carers worried about the person they care for should they become ill and unable to provide care, or about their fears of passing the virus on to the person they care for.

The good news is that the particular circumstances of carers has been recognised by the Government and carers have been included as a specific group in the vaccination roll-out.

The challenge is that unlike categories of age, or specific clinical vulnerabilities, the NHS holds no central list of carers to send out invitations. So to enable this to proceed as soon as possible, we’ve been asked by North Yorkshire County Council to support work to identify eligible carers and pass this information on to the NHS, so invitations can be sent out.

Sharing your information:

This notice is to inform carers registered with SRCR that we will be sharing information with NYCC for this specific purpose. This will then be forwarded on to the NHS who will exclude those who have already had their first vaccination, then invite everyone else on the list to book an appointment.

The only information we are sharing is carers’ name, date of birth and postcode.

None of the data we send will be retained by the Council, or used for any other purpose, and at every step, data will be protected to the highest degree, including using the most secure processes for transferring the data between organisations. Neither the Council nor SRCR will know when your letter is sent to you, or whether or not you accept the offer of vaccination. That is entirely between you and the NHS.

We strongly encourage everyone to take up the offer of vaccination.

We really hope you welcome this as good news for carers and an important step in the response to a public health emergency. Please use the links below for more information about the vaccination procedure:

Please click here if you receive Carers Allowance as you can already make an appointment via the National Booking Service; or call 119 free of charge, between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.

Please click here for details of the ‘Covid-19 vaccine deployment programme for unpaid carers’ on the NHS website.

A free 8-week Mindfulness Course

We warmly invite all Carers to join us for this free 8-week Mindfulness Course

Spending less time thinking about the past, or worrying about the future, and being kinder to ourselves can help us feel calmer, happier, and more resilient.


April to June, Fridays
Via ZOOM 2.30 till 4.30pm

25 March at 2 pm for the Taster Session

With Claire Rodway and Neil Roberts
(Trained by Mindfulness Association)
Run by Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource

Limited places available, for further details contact:
Claire Rodway, Adult Carer Support Worker
Tel.01723 850155/07935217785

Download more information about Mindfulness here...

We're launching an exciting overseas Penpal scheme for adult carers

Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource and Carers Western Australia, Perth, are working to link carers together with this free penpal scheme.

With lock down restrictions, a lot of carers maybe feeling the strain more than usual as well as isolation from friends and family. Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource (SRCR) have a fantastic free international carers penpal scheme.

Together SRCR and Carers Western Australia, Perth have expanded on their very successful links and are now offering a penpal scheme for unpaid adult carers as well as young carers.

We know that linking to other carers who may be in similar situations can bring some real positives. Having common ground and someone who can empathise and understand some of the difficulties that can arise from caring can really help. Its great to get something nice in the post too!

Click here to download a pdf flyer with all the details.

Or contact us on 01723 850155, or by email at:

Carers Resource - Supporting you throughout the Lockdown period

Following the Government’s announcement this week we wanted to reassure everyone that we remain open and are ready to support you throughout the lockdown period. We have all learnt so much over the previous 10 months and I am confident we can work through these challenging times yet again. The team are here to support both carers and the wider community with a full range of services - so please don’t feel alone at this time.

Please call us and see if we can help to make these challenging times a little easier. Whilst ‘Hands, face and space’ will keep us all a little safer - the right support at the right time, will go a long way to getting us through this. Call 01723 850155

Elizabeth McPherson – Chief Officer

Elizabeth and Alex’s Sky Dive

Elizabeth leaps into space!

It goes to show how passionate our Chief Officer is about Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource when she offers to throw herself out of a plane to raise awareness of carers issues.  Elizabeth and her niece Alex bravely took on the challenge of a tandem sky dive from 10,000 feet.

After two false starts – one due to lock-down, the second to too much wind (not Elizabeth’s she assured us) – the day of reckoning came at last.  Alex was so excited she couldn’t stop talking, Elizabeth so nervous she struggled to say anything!

Once in the plane there was no going back and up at 10,000 feet there’s only one way down.  The instructors gave no time for last minute reservations, the door opened and they were out.  Watch the video here to share the excitement.  Wow – what an experience!  Who’s up for another go?  Alex – definitely, Elizabeth – ‘never again!’

Thanks to the brilliant staff at Skydive GB for their expertise, reassurance and professionalism. 

It’s not too late to show your appreciation for this amazing achievement, please donate to Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource through JustGiving here. 

Watch Elizabeth's Skydive... 

and watch Alex's Skydive here... 

and some photos... 

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Clockwise: Taking the leap; Elizabeth and Alex

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The very brave Alex and Elizabeth back on solid ground.

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Focus Carer

Focus Carer - Autumn 2020

Download a pdf copy of our Autumn 2020 Newsletter

Edition 94 of Focus Carer celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource. This 16 page magazine traces the organisation's journey from a portacabin in a Malton car park to it's current Snainton based offices with 6 services supplying support to carers of all ages as well as other social groups in need of assistance.

Focus Carer Autumn 2020.pdf (8.3MB)


Carers Week 2020 - Making Carers Visible

Monday 8th - Sunday 14th June, 2020

This year people in the UK are facing new challenges as a result of the coronavirus. Many are taking on more unpaid caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill and who are in need of support.

We are passionate that all carers are recognised and respected for the difficulties they are experiencing and are provided with information, support and understanding.  Take a look at these 2 video clips demonstrating the strength and dedication shown by carers everywhere 


Other Events

My Neighbourhood Book Club - runs every 3 weeks online or by phone. The book being reviewed at the moment is The Librarian by Sally Vickers. Please contact Bernie if you would like to join us.

Working with Eastenders

SRCR were delighted to be part of the team advising on script development for the recent young carer’s story line on EASTENDERS.  It was a privilege to be part of this work and a huge thanks must go to the ‘Team Eastenders’ for getting it right on screen, and raising the profile of the challenges young carers face.   Our work on this couldn’t have come at a better time following the NHS announcements last week regarding the increased support for young carers through GP’s surgeries.  Click the link below to read more. 

NHS sets out ‘care for young carers’offer in GP surgeries 

Video: Yorkshire Coast Radio meets the Carers Resource team

Note: The autoplay attribute does not work on some mobile devices.

Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource is proud to be supporting and improving the lives of Carers 52 weeks a year, but on this special week, we are delighted the national spotlight is helping us raise awareness of the hidden army of carers who support their family and friends through challenging times.

Please take time to click on the video link above to meet our team - without them over 2500 carers per year across the Coast and Vale would not benefit from their support, knowledge and experience.

If you are a carer and would like to find out more - pick up the phone 01723 850155

Carers Cuppa & Wellbeing Group

Drop in for a chat and a cuppa, share ideas of how to unwind. Time to rest and relax, have some quality time for yourself.  A Support Worker will be on hand to answer any questions.

Pickering Cuppa and Wellbeing Group

Venue: Friends Meeting House, Pickering

The Cuppa Club is usually the third Wednesday of every month from 10am-12noon

If you would like more information please contact the office on 01723 850155 

or e-mail

Carers & Employment

How you can support carers in your work place or gaining employment. 

Carers and Employment Factsheet.pdf (349.3KB)


Focus Carer Newsletters

Find previous Carers Resource newsletters here

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