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 What's on at York Carers this Summer

Carers Cafe, first Wednesday of the month, 10am-11.30am at Spurriergate Centre YO1 9QR.
Drop in for a free drink and teacake and meet other carers.  You can bring the person you care for, no need to book.

Do you need information or advice about your caring role or the person you care for?  If you have any questions or would like to know more about benefits, community care, carers rights, disability rights or employment rights then you can now phone York Carers Advice Line on Wednesday evenings 5pm-8pm.  Talk to Andrew or Shirley on 01904 715490.

Pop Up Hubs will be available, increasing support for carers across the city.  York Carers Centre staff will be available to offer advice, information and support.  No need to book. Contact York Carers Centre for further information. Tel: 01904 715490, email: or visit their website:


DAF - Disability Access Fund

If you have a 3 or 4 year old in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) your child's early years setting may be eligible for a new fund to help support disabled children.  Please let your early years setting know as it is their responsibility to identify eligible children.  We will be encouraging providers to speak to parents who may be eligible.

From April 2017, the government introduced the new targeted early years Disability Access Fund of £12.5m, to enable a fixed lump sum payment of £615 per eligible child per year.  The money will be paid to early years settings that are providing a free entitlement place for 3 and 4 year olds.  The fund is to support early years providers to make initial reasonable adjustments and build the capacity of their setting to support disabled children.  Children with SEND who are not in receipt of DLA will be able to access support from the local SEN inclusion fund.

Children do not have to take up the full 570 hours (or 1140 hours if eligible for the 30 hours childcare) of early education they are entitled to in order to receive the DAF. Children in receipt of the DAF will be eligible where they take-up any period of free entitlement.  The DAF is a one off payment.  If a child splits their entitlement across more than one provider, the DAF payment can only be made to one provider and the parent must nominate which provider they would like the full DAF payment to be made to.  If the child changes childcare provider within the financial year, the new setting will not receive another payment of the DAF.  The new provider will need to wait until the following financial year.

Please note:

  • Four-year olds in primary school reception classes are not eligible for DAF funding.
  • Children become eligible for free early education at different points in the year depending on when they turn 3
  • CYC must check that the DAF eligibility requirements are met. We may wish to see evidence of the child’s disability living allowance award letter and keep a copy of this evidence on file.



Max Card Discounts - Focus On....

A message from
Max Cards are now on twitter.  Follow us @MyMaxCard to keep up to date with offers and discounts.

Focus on:
Jorvik Viking Museum
Free Admission with Max Card (max 2 adults and 2 children) 

The world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre is now open following a multi-million pound re-imagining.
Hop aboard JORVIK’s improved ride experience and be transported back in time over 1,000 years! You will discover the impact of international trade on Viking-Age York, including the evolution of a multicultural society in the city, as it’s not just trade goods that flowed into Jorvik but people from across the globe! Plus, with 22 new animatronics across the recreation there is something new to see around every corner.
The centre’s gallery experiences have been completely updated, with new display cases allowing you to get up close to the astounding Viking artefacts that inspired the creation of JORVIK. You will have the chance to dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre. 

Access Information: Wheelchair users must pre-book to prevent unexpected waiting, wheelchair access throughout most of attraction, accessible toilets, large print and braille guides available, guide dogs are welcome.
More information can be found at

Other attractions that can be used with a Max Card can be found at


My Progress Magazine - Now "My Family Your Needs" website

Since the closure of the My Progress magazine the Care Choices team have been working hard on a website to launch something that carried the ethos of Progress but with a bit of a twist.  By moving on-line and expanding its potential, our new website My Family, Our Needs can reach more people and offer more information on a regular, weekly basis. 

My Family, Our Needs offers information for families, carers and practitioners supporting children and young adults with additional needs, from birth to 25. It features practical articles on life with a child with additional needs, alongside lifestyle content, real life stories from bloggers and readers, policy and news.

The team would love to hear any feedback on the website so please feel free to contact them at or explore their website:

You can follow them on Twitter @weareMFON or search Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for them.


Changing Lives and York Mind

York Mind, in partnership with Converge, St Nicks, York LGBT Forum, York Carers Centre, Sunshine Changing Lives and Kindlewoods are delivering a new programme of activities designed to support individuals’ mental health and well-being, starting July 2017.

Activities will include

  • Learning and Development
  • Well-Being Activities
  • Social Events including woodland well-being and themed coffee mornings.

For more information contact York Mind on 01904 643364 or


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