Health, care and housing plans for Bootham Hospital site

Public sector partners say that they will propose a sustainable and achievable development master plan for the Bootham Hospital site.

It will “support the longer term sustainable delivery of a range of service to meet health and social care need”s.

Using monies granted by the government under the One Public Estate programme, the partnership will prepare a Site Development Plan. This will examine the constraints and opportunities of the site and will involve extensive stakeholder and public engagement.

A schedule of public consultation is being planned for this autumn to focus on the future of the 240-year-old site – one of the UK’s first mental health hospitals.

The partnership has been working on plan for a number of months and it could include:

  • the development of a residential / nursing care facility to support earlier discharge and relieve pressures on acute care
  • a new primary care / GP base, bringing together practices into a single building and provide an urgent care centre and voluntary sector led space for carers and others who need support
  • affordable housing targeted to key worker to support NHS staffing
  • an extra care facility, particularly care for those living with dementia
  • improved access to the York Teaching Hospital for pedestrians, bikes, buses, taxis and ambulances; and
  • better use of the parkland at the front of the historic hospital building for sport, play and leisure

New source of community information urges residents to Live Well York

A new source of information and advice for adults and families in York is now available from community groups across the city.

City of York Council has worked alongside York CVS, Age UK, Explore York and Healthwatch York to create a growing source of high quality information and advice which promotes opportunities for residents to enjoy healthy, active and independent lives.

Live Well York supports the council’s commitment to early help and prevention, and to help people live independently and well. It has links provided by voluntary and community groups to information and advice on topics from travel, housing, carers, money and legal matters, while community activities and events are listed to encourage people to get involved with their community and combat isolation and loneliness.

Local people were involved in the development of the website and wanted a local artist to produce its signature artwork. York Museum and the Art Gallery Trust, through its Cultural Consortium for Wellbeing Service, commissioned the artwork and supported an event at York CVS. There, over 70 people took part in a collaborative event to inspire artist Stephen Lee Hodgkins. The resulting artwork features seven York community places which are among those hosting numerous projects and community opportunities which feature on the website.

Live Well York also links to the council’s new for ideas and inspiration on keeping active, promoting physical wellbeing, activity and active travel. (more…)

York Council issues advice as City heads for hottest day

Temperatures are expected to peak this week before falling away on Friday. There is then a possibility of some rain, which will please gardeners at least..

With the warm weather and children embarking on their summer holidays, City of York Council is offering tips for residents to have a happy, healthy summer.

With the school holidays upon us it is important during the summer break to be aware of potential risks to health and look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses.

Our love summer campaign offers some top tips on how to enjoy the weather –

  • Lots of water – it is important to stay hydrated in the hot weather.
  • Older people, remember to make sure they are ok in the hot weather. Simply checking in on your neighbour or family members that they have everything they need can make a world of difference.
  • Vaccination check-up. Summer is a good opportunity to check that your family’s vaccinations are up to date. Why not get in contact with your GP to check? It is important that people have MMR and Menacwy vaccines, especially before holidays and festivals.
  • Everyone needs sun cream. Wear at least SPF 15+ sun cream, ideally 50+ for children, and make sure you reapply regularly, especially if you are swimming or doing exercise.
  • Soap and water after petting farm visits. Keep your hands away from your face, and always was your hands with soap and water- not just gels or wipes, after touching animals.
  • Understand the dangers of open water and don’t swim in rivers or reservoirs. Hidden current, unexpected cold temperatures and debris make this dangerous – even for strong swimmers.
  • Make sure your BBQ meat is cooked thoroughly and don’t leave food outside for long periods of time.
  • Moderate your drinking, have water in between alcoholic drinks, never drink and drive, and stay away from open water.
  • Ensure your children are safe and protected from the sun. Accidents can happen when children are left unattended, make sure you keep an eye on where they are playing, especially if it’s near pools, ponds, BBQs or trampolines.
  • Remember to head for shade, the sun is especially strong between 11am and 3pm. If you are going outside, try to stay in the shade between these times, and remember to wear light, loose-fitting clothing and lots of suncream.


York mental health support shortlisted for national BBC Radio 4 award

The team behind City of York Council’s mental health support line and crisis bed service have been shortlisted for a national award, selected by BBC Radio 4.

The service has been shortlisted in BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind awards which looks to celebrate people’s experiences of exceptional mental health care and will recognise the unsung heroes who helped make the difference. The team is one of three that have been shortlisted in the group category from a total of over 1,000 nominations. The winners will be announced on the All in the Mind show on Tuesday 26 June.

What’s on in York: Save a Babies Life Workshop

Bookstart Bear Logo June

York Explore Library :

Wed 6 Jun :

10.00am – 12.00pm :


Come and celebrate National Bookstart Week at York Libraries.

Are you a parent or carer of a 0-1 year old child? Come and learn some basic emergency skills at this workshop run by The Royal Life Saving Society UK.

This is a free event but booking is essential.

Book your place at York’s latest Nordic Walking course

There’s still time to book your place at City of York Council’s latest Learn to Nordic Walk course.

Nordic Walking is one of the fastest growing activities in the UK and at the end of the course participants will receive a Nordic Walking UK Freedom Card, which will enable them to attend Nordic Walking groups anywhere in the UK, including several in the York area.

The course starts on Friday 22 June and sessions will take place every Friday for four weeks from 10am until 11am, meeting at the Rowntree Park Reading Café and residents are being urged to book in advance so they don’t miss out

The cost of the course is £25, and booking is essential as places are limited. Nordic Walking poles will be provided to all participants.

Residents can book their place by calling 01904 553377 or emailing


What’s on in York, Acomb Fun Run on Sunday

May _27Fun Run

Carr Infant & Junior School :

Sun 27 May :

9.00am – 12.00pm :


Hosted by Carr Infants and Junior School, this is a FREE event for the people of Acomb and the surrounding areas consisting of: 2km Junior Indiviual run around the perimeter of the enclosed school fields for 4-14 year olds – we have a capacity of 100 participants for this event. A ticket will be required for each runner. All finishers of this race will receive a medal.

  • 1km Fun Run for all around the perimeter of the enclosed school fields in which parents, grandparents and any family members of all ages are encouraged to join. Parents and family members wishing to take part in the fun run for all please select a ticket per individual for this event.All finishers will receive a certificate.

The event is FREE to participate, however booking is required.

9:00am : Registration opens – sign in and collect your race day number

9:45am : Group Warm Up

10.00am : 2km Junior Individual run starts

10:30am : 1km FunRun for all starts

12noon  : Activity Village closes

There will be an Activity Village located adjacent to the finish line. This will include; Activities and Information Stalls. Complimentary bottle of water for all participants.

This event is for ages 4-14 years old and family.

For more information or to reserve a place please visit our website.

Mental health awareness week events

City of York Council is showing its support for mental health awareness week by inviting residents to a number of events which hope to provide information on the support that is available in the city.

All are invited to one of three events we are holding where you will be able to speak to staff from 22 The Avenue, who have organised the events, as well as a number of partners across the city and collect information and advice about the services available in York.

  • Monday 14 May,  West Offices (9.30am – 4pm)
  • Wednesday 16 May, Parliament Street (9.30am-4pm)
  • Then on Friday 18 May 30 Clarence St is holding the main event. Activities include a BBQ and cakes, a raffle, a photo booth, mindfulness sessions and crafts and activities. All are welcome and the event runs from 10.30am-4pm.

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week (14 to 20 May 2018) is about stress and how we’re coping with it.

Feeling stressed can be part of everyday life, whether it is work related or about life at home. Being overwhelmed by stress may lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 is a great time to think about how we can all address the causes of work-related stress.

York turns Blue for ME Awareness

York is supporting ME awareness week with some of York’s most famous monuments turning blue for the week.

Parts of York’s historic city walls and Clifford’s Tower will be lit up every night until 13 May as the council shows its support for The York ME Community, who work to raise awareness of the disease.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is a long-term illness with a wide range of symptoms and affects 250,000 people in the UK. The most common symptom is extreme exhaustion, due to the energy production system of the body being severely affected.  This exhaustion can be caused by the slightest physical or mental exertion.

People with ME can have other symptoms, including; sleep problems, headaches, problems concentrating and fast or irregular heartbeats.  It can affect the cognitive function, mobility, speech, concentration and things such as light and sound can be extremely debilitating

The council’s support comes after the work of The York ME Community to increase awareness was recognised by a full council motion pledging the council’s support.

Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for health and social care said: “The York ME Community do fantastic work across the city, raising awareness and supporting those affected and we are delighted to be supporting this important awareness week.

“ME affects people of all ages, including children. However the illness tends to develop between the mid-20s and mid-40s and is most prevalent in women.  This illness can have a huge impact on their lives and that of their families, which is why we have teamed up with the York ME Community to show our support and hopefully raise awareness.”

Bill Clayton, the York ME Community said: “ME was recognised as a neurological disorder by the World Health Organisation in 1969.  Since that time, little has been done to invest in research to find a cure.  To make this happen, we must raise awareness of an illness affecting millions across the world, and around 800 in the York area alone.  It is the aim of The York ME Community to bring on board businesses, clubs and volunteer group to help spread the word in the hope that one day there will be the research funding needed to find a cure.

“It is a huge step forward to receive such great support from City of York Council in this way.  To have some of York’s prominent buildings lit in blue will help us connect with other great cities across the world who will be doing the same in support of their communities.”

For more information on ME awareness week visit For information on the York ME Community visit