Thursday 17 August 2023

ACCORDING to an Alzheimer’s Society survey, unpaid carers are taking the bulk of caring responsibilities for people with dementia, with family and friends often key to support. However, with these carers working on average around three working days per week giving support, it can take a toll on their own wellbeing. Almost a quarter said they feel they’ve lost their identity as a result. 

Sian Blackham, spokesperson for Alzheimer’s Society in Yorkshire and Humber, said: “People are having to give up work, people are having to go part-time, it’s having a financial and emotional impact on them, which is particularly difficult during the cost of living crisis. 

The survey also found that over a third of carers felt they didn’t have anyone they could go to for help. The organisation is now calling on the Government to provide a sustainable funding model for dementia care.

ADULT LEARNING centres in the East Riding are offering a chance to acquire new skills with a range of free taster sessions during September. Sessions in Beverley include creative writing, photography, machine embroidery and psychology. More details here

ORGANISERS of next month’s Tour of Britain cycle race, including the East Riding leg on September 5 which finishes in Beverley, are appealing for volunteer “Race Makers” to help the event run smoothly. The deadline for applications is tomorrow and more details can be found here 

SEWERBY Hall and Gardens is also looking for volunteers to join its team. Education officer Robert Chester told us: “Some volunteers use their passion for costume to demonstrate historical clothing to visitors, or to make costumes for display. Others give tours of the house or spend time researching various aspects of the hall’s past.” More details here