Together We Care

Tue, 04 Jun 2019

A new care group has been launched in the East Riding which offers support and guidance for carers, the cared for and those with long-term health conditions.

Together We Care was first launched in Market Weighton, October 2017, to provide a support group for carers and the cared for to attend together.

Unpaid carers can find themselves socially isolated as an outcome of their caring responsibilities and Together We Care encourages carers, the cared for and people with long term health issues to visit a relaxing and non-judgmental venue to help improve the wellbeing of all members.

People visiting the group can have a relaxing chat with like-minded people over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits.

Members of the group can get up to date information, take part in fun quizzes and take advantage of a range of activities including crafts and day trips out.

Barry Sedgwick, chairman of Together We Care, said: “The Together We Care group has been very successful in Market Weighton so we decided to mirror the group in other parts of the East Riding - with Beverley becoming the newest group.

“The group is being run by enthusiastic volunteers and supported by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Sport, Play and Arts Service, Tesco in Beverley and a Building Community Health Grant.

“Members enthusiastically and competitively took part in the quiz and all questions and answers were about Yorkshire landmarks, people and events.”

Laura Hutchinson, healthy lifestyles officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Together we Care group has been supported through East Riding's social prescribing programme, commissioned by the council’s public health team and funded by the Improved Better Care Fund.

“This group is a perfect way to prevent carers and the cared for becoming socially isolated and enables them to enjoy attending an activity in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.”

The meetings in Beverley will take place on the second Monday of each month, with the next one taking place on Monday, 10 June from 1.30-3.30pm at Langholm Retirement Home, New Walk, Beverley.

For more information contact Barry on 07799 606082 or (01430) 871001.