Caring Together – Supporting those who care for others

Caring Together is a local voluntary organisation and registered charity based at the Coliseum in Whitby (just along from the bus station). It provides practical and emotional help for carers, the people they care for and older people living on their own. The service is provided by volunteers who have some free time and can visit weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Caring Together are always looking for volunteers, particularly for their Carers Break service for carers, and for their Befriending Service. The Carers Break is a sitting service, where a volunteer will go along and sit with someone for a couple of hours or so, allowing the carer to pop out – perhaps to go into town to do some shopping, attend appointments or just simply to have a break and visit friends. The Befriending Service is mainly for elderly people who live alone and have few social contacts, and would love the extra company of someone popping in for a cuppa and chat.

Caring Together also run support groups. These are both for carers and older people. They meet monthly at a local community centre, and it is an opportunity for carers to simply take time out and relax, meet and chat with others, share any concerns and receive positive support.

If you have a little time to spare, please consider being a volunteer for Caring Together. It is very rewarding work, and lasting friendships are often made. The staff at Caring Together often receive comments such as ‘The volunteer is a real friend to my mother who very much enjoys her visits’ and ‘My volunteer was reliable and cheerful, and I felt Dad was in good hands.’ Volunteers also helps the carers, allowing them to have a little time to themselves to do the things that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do.

If you would like more information about volunteering, please do get in touch with Caring Together. You can call them on Whitby 605757 (if no one is in, you can leave a message and someone will get back in touch with you) or email them at

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