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Support for Carers across Wakefield

Caring for someone can be rewarding but it can also be tiring, demanding and stressful. It is really important that carers take care of their own health and well-being.

Ask your doctor to register you as a carer and this will help you access support services.

Carers Wakefield and District support people from the age of 17 at every stage of their caring role.

They provide a wide range of practical local support such as providing information and advice, signposting to other organisations and organising training sessions and information events and activities for carers. They also administer the My Time grant which enables carers to apply for up to £100 to have a break from their caring role.

Other services provided include:

  • Specialised support for those with a loved one in a Care Home.
  • Team based within Mid-Yorkshire Trust supporting those with a loved one in hospital right through to discharge and beyond.
  • Monthly peer support groups across the district.
  • Online support groups for those unable to attend groups in person.
  • Caring for Me & You course enabling carers to focus on their own needs and priorities.
  • Next Steps course to help carers to move on after a bereavement or other major loss.
  • Benefits information from an in-house team.
  • Digital Champion to help those lacking the confidence and skills to go online or use technology such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops.
  • Volunteer befriending service for carers.

For more information please contact on:

Tel: 01924 305 544 
Email: info@carerswakefield.org.uk

Website: www.carerswakefield.org.uk 

Carers Wakefield and District run a number of support groups across the district where carers have the opportunity to meet together in a relaxed, informal atmosphere allowing them to meet other carers, access advice and information and have a break from their caring role.

Memory Action Group

A peer support group for people living with dementia and their carers.

At West Wakefield Methodist Church (Lower Hall), Thornes Road, Wakefield, WF2 8QR

Open every Wednesday 2pm – 4pm and every Friday 2pm – 4pm (fourth Friday each month in upper hall for Singalong & Dancing).

For Further information contact Jan on 01924 365213, 07963 568892 or jan.archbold@outlook.com  

Wakefield Discovery and Recovery Colleges

We run short courses and one off workshops across the whole of the Wakefield district to support you to; understand and manage health conditions, find new skills and interests, build strengths and inner resources, engage in physical activity and become an expert in your own self-care.

This includes courses and resources specifically for carers. 

Including: Caring for me & you - Wakefield Recovery and Wellbeing College (wakefieldrecoverycollege.nhs.uk)

Healthwatch Wakefield is your local health and social care champion. They make sure NHS leaders and other decision-makers hear your voice and use your feedback to improve care.

If you’ve recently visited your GP, or hospital, or used any local health and care service they want to hear from you. They can use your feedback to improve services for everyone and have the power to make NHS leaders and other care providers listen to what you have to say.

Healthwatch's Citizen Panel

If you are a service user, carer or simply have an interest and want to make a difference in adult social care you can either complete the application form below online and email it to Michelle or for an informal chat please contact Michelle on email michelle.poucher@healthwatchwakefield.co.uk or telephone 07542 850661.

Live Well Wakefield

Offering support to adults in the district who are in need of information, advice and support with coping with everyday life, reducing isolation, support in managing long term conditions (for carers and the cared for), access to social opportunities.

Tel: 01924 255363

Wakefield Alzheimer's Society

Offering 1:1 support for people with dementia, their carers and family members; access to information, advice, and signposting; information workshops; access to a volunteer to help with accessing hobbies/activities; support groups and social events.

Tel: 01924 373264

Drop-in sessions for dementia support

Admiral Nurses and the Alzheimer's Society are holding drop-in sessions every month for carers or people living with dementia looking for support and information.

We talk about:

  • Understanding dementia and ways to cope
  • Local support and services
  • Meeting other people
  • Benefits, paying for care and power of attorney
  • Planning for the future and making decisions

When: Third Thursday of every month, 9.00 - 10.30 and 10.30 - 12.00

Where: Drury Lane Health and Wellbeing Centre, Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TE

How to book: Call 01924 316 973 and ask to book for 'admiral nurse post diagnostic support session' or email admiralnursewakefield@swyt.nhs.uk with your name and number and you will get a call back.

Carers Digital Resource

Wakefield Council have funded four community anchors in Wakefield to offer bespoke learning for carers. This enables them to use digital technology to support them in their caring role and to have a life outside of caring. (St George's Community Centre, Eastmoor Community Project, Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Resource Centre, and Standbridge Centre).

Carers Connect - The Carers UK online community - Free to all members

The Carers UK Forum is our online community of carers and is available to Carers UK members 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A few words from a fellow carer who understands what you’re going through can be a lifeline. So whether you need to share an experience, ask a question or simply let off some steam, log in and join the conversation.

If you're not a Carers UK member you can join now for free. We ask for a donation to support our work, but if you're not able to, that's absolutely fine – we're here for all carers who need us. Once you've joined details of how to log into the Carers UK Forum will be automatically emailed to you. 

Helping Hands is a publication Wakefield Council produces for carers and people over the age of 55. It includes lots of up to date information including contact information for services which can provide you with assistance and advice for accessing care, staying fit and healthy, travelling around the district and more.

If you would like to receive a printed copy or discuss anything further about the newsletter, please sign up here or contact helpinghands@wakefield.gov.uk or call 01924 304950.

Helping Hands Autumn/Winter 23

Helping Hands Autumn/Winter 23 (accessible version)

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

Working in partnership with NHS organisations, councils, Healthwatch, hospices, charities and the community voluntary and social enterprise sector to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

For more information about support to carer, click here.

Positive Steps

This course runs throughout the year by Admiral Nurses and is aimed at family carers of people living with dementia. It is held over 10 sessions, each lasting 1 hours. Sessions are twice a week, Monday and Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm, and are run on Microsoft Teams. The course lasts for 5 weeks in total.

It covers topics that carers have told us are important to them, such as:

  • understanding dementia
  • changes in behaviour
  • coping with stress
  • finances
  • planning for the future

It is an opportunity to meet virtually with Admiral Nurses and other carers and ask questions. If you would prefer to attend in person, please contact us as a face to face course is offered regularly too.

If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact:

Wakefield Admiral Nurses: 01924 316 973 or email admiralnurseswakefield@swyt.nhs.uk

Last updated: 5/15/2023