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Carers Rights Day 2020

Urges carers to... 'Know Your Rights'

Thursday 26th November, 2020

This Carers Rights Day (and everyday), Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource wishes to empower Carers so that they feel sufficiently confident to have the right information and support at their fingertips.

It is truly remarkable just what our local army of unpaid carers achieve every day. Gareth Howells (CEO of the Carers Trust) recently captured the spirit, determination and challenge facing unpaid Carers in an article he wrote for the Guardian (read the full Guardian article here... ) emphasising how family carers were keeping ‘the fabric of society from tearing apart’.

A reminder to all: Unpaid Carers are the people who provide dedicated care for a family member or friend who are unable to look after themselves. Many carers provide that care round-the-clock, with little or no respite especially (but not exclusively) in recent times. A significant number will have had to give up or suspend their careers and as a consequence reduce dramatically their income in order to do so.

Unpaid carers have had to shoulder this financial burden, so much so that it is now estimated unpaid carers not the state, who provide the overwhelming majority of care in the community.

No wonder unpaid carers report feeling burnt out at times. Especially prevalent over the last 8 months where Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions saw the temporary yet prolonged closure of most care services for their relatives and friends, meaning unpaid carers had to spend longer hours caring at home and with little or no respite.

In a year of uncertainty, the staggering key facts from the recent CarersUK report ‘Caring Behind Closed Doors: six months on’ (read the full report here) simply cannot go unheard

• 4 in 5 unpaid carers (81%) are currently providing more care than before lockdown

• More than three quarters (78%) or carers reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased recently

• Most carers (64%) have not been able to take any breaks in the last six months

• More than half (58%) of carers have seen their physical health impacted by caring through the pandemic, while 64% said their mental health has worsened.

• The value placed on this care is worth a staggering £132billion a year – that’s almost equivalent to a second NHS!

Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource pledges to continue to support and champion carers rights:

• We are privileged to support approximately 2000 unpaid carers each year - some with one-off pieces of support, some with longer term planning and support packages - but we are commitment to making every contact count and make a positive difference to the lives of our carers

• We are working in partnership with colleagues across Yorkshire & the Humber to create a ‘Carers Champions’ training programme to raise the profile of unpaid family carers and support ‘champions’ to be identified in shops, work places and public venues. An ambition to ensure more communities and individuals better understanding the impact caring has on our everyday lives and hopefully to encourage hidden carers to step forward for support.

• Our Business Plan underpins our ambitions; communicating our commitment to supporting unpaid carers. Our work aims to champion the local needs of unpaid carers.

• Our commitment to hosting a series of celebrations (when we can!) next year so that our 25th Anniversary (2020) was not forgotten to the virus. Watch out for 2021 and our determination to celebrate 25+1 years of supporting and providing of high-quality information and advice alongside respite, laughter and social connectedness for many thousands of unpaid family carers within our local communities.

• We have a proven track record of success and impact through our collaborative approach. We pledge never to stop working in partnership with others to ensure we bring the very best information, resources and support to our Carers

Our mission is to aspire to empower and give confidence to all those we support; to help them navigate their individual challenges and find a clear pathway through to a well-balanced life.

Carers Rights - Further Information

If you are caring for someone and want to know more about your rights follow this link to the CarersUK help and advice pages. (click here)

or contact Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource on:
Tel : 01723 850155

Carers Rights - Useful Resources

Link to Care Act information on the website 

Link to Carers UK information about ‘Looking After Someone’

Carers Rights Day Event

Thursday 26th November @ 4.30pm

The SRCR Youth Voice are invited to a workshop to discuss ‘Young Carers Rights – How Should We Be Supported in Schools’. Join Rachel & Ryan on Discord to share your voice and ideas about the being involved in the launch of our SRCR Young Carers Schools Charter.

For more information contact or call Ryan or Rachel on 01723 850155

Adult Carers Overseas Pen Pals Program

We are excited to announce our carers Pen Pal program is expanding! Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource and Carers Western Australia, Perth are pleased to expand on the very successful young carers pen pals and roll out a pen pal scheme for our adult carers too!.

We are aware so many carers can feel isolated within their role particularly during times like lockdown. Carers Resource help link carers with other carers who understand some of the similarities/difficulties that may arise from caring and the pen pals program gives the opportunity to gain friendship and also find out more about what life is like as a carer on the other side of the world.

Any carers interested would just need to complete an Expression of Interest Form and would be matched with a carer from Australia with similar interests.

If you would like to find out more please get in touch with a member of the adult carers team.

About our #FairerForCarers campaign

Carers UK has for many years been calling for the level of Carer’s Allowance to be raised, through our #FairerForCarers campaign.

Carer’s Allowance, the main benefit for people caring unpaid for family or friends, remains the lowest benefit of its kind at £67.25 per week (2020/21 rates). The low level of the payment and other entitlement conditions, including an earnings limit, means it continues to be ineffective in stopping financial hardship.

Back in July, 92 organisations – led by Carers UK – signed an open letter to the Work and Pensions Secretary, copied to the Chancellor, regarding this issue. We are disappointed that we have, to date, received no response to our original letter.

Our latest campaign action, taking place on Tuesday 3 November 2020, is a chance to – again – to join together in a call to increase Carer’s Allowance for all unpaid carers who are eligible, and to express our disappointment at not receiving a response. 75 organisations have signed the latest letter.

To alleviate the financial hardship that many unpaid carers face, we are again collectively calling for:

1. An additional supplement to Carer’s Allowance, to match increases in Universal Credit that have rightly recognised the challenges people on lower incomes have during the pandemic of additional costs.

2. For the earnings limit for claiming Carer’s Allowance to be raised from £128 a week to at least £139.52 for 2020/21. The earnings limit should be linked to the NLW in future years, to ensure those juggling work and care on low pay also receive support.

It is not too late for the Government to recognise the vital role that unpaid carers play, and to put in place much needed financial support ahead of this coming winter. It can only be right that we give back to carers who have done so much for others during this crisis. Without this help, many will continue to face real hardship and suffering.

Learn more about the FairerForCarers campaign here...

Read the open letter to the Work and Pensions Secretary here...

Follow the campaign on the Carers UK social media channels:

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... 

Make a donation... 

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.


Young Carers Awareness Day

Count Me In!

We are supporting the Carers Trust Count Me In! campaign which is calling on schools to do more to proactively identify young carers and to ensure that they receive the recognition and support they deserve. 

The Young Carers team from Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource will be visiting schools in the the area this week to spread the word that there is support available.  We will be bringing 'pop-up' stands of information to school corridors and reception areas.  Look out for us if you're a young carer or know someone who is - we're here to help.

Lots of local schools have already received notice board packs and are sign posting to the Young Carers service via school notice boards, websites or their social media. We are working with schools to be present at parents evenings with a number booked in for February & March. We have already offered a SEN parents drop in with Braeburn school and on Young Carers Day itself a pupil from St Martins C of E Primary is raising money for Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource by hosting a casual clothes day, supported by the school. We have lunch time hubs also booked this week at Lady Lumley’s and Norton College. 

Focus Carer

Focus Carer - Autumn 2019

Download a pdf copy of our Autumn 2019 Newsletter

This edition of Focus carer introduces and updates you on the services provided by Carers Resource to carers and others - the Adult Carer Service, Young Adult Carers and the Young Carers Service - Home from Hospital, Action Towards Inclusion and My Neighbourhood. Download a copy here.  

Focus Carer Autumn 2019.pdf (5.6MB)

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

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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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