Although you're committed to your caring role, you also have a right to a life of your own and taking part in any leisure or social activities you enjoy.
Free and discounted admission
York Carers Centre has a free discount card for carers in York that can save you money at nearly 50 local businesses; a wide range of shops, services, restaurants and gyms are taking part. This is available to all carers who register with the Centre.
A number of places allow free or discounted admission when a carer needs to escort someone with a disability. Remember to ask about 'discount for carers' when you're out and about, as venues have their own eligibility criteria.
Each year in June, Carers Week highlights the vital work done by carers and raises awareness of the issues they face. A number of events and activities for carers takes place, which aim to:
- highlight and celebrate the contribution made by carers
- campaign for better support and services for carers
- promote policies and best practice that can improve carers' quality of life
- reach out to 'hidden' carers, ensuring they know where to find help and support
York Carers Centre has details of local events.
Cafés and groups
There are a number of specialist groups and cafés aimed to provide a supportive environment for people with dementia and their carers. Many of these are organised by the Alzheimers Society.
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