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Calvert Trust Adventure Centre

An Outdoor Activities Centre in a fully accessible converted farmhouse for people with disabilities. Courses include sailing, canoeing, horse riding, abseiling, climbing with specialist instructors, heated indoor swimming pool, sports hall with climbing wall and games room. Self catering accommodation is available. Activities may be arranged in advance of visit.

Cambridge Centre - Youth and Outreach Service

Information, advice and support to young people in the Whitby area who have concerns about their own or another person's drug use. Also offers a needle exchange.

Cambridge Centre Scarborough

Free and confidential advice, support, advocacy, counselling and information on all aspects of drug and alcohol use/ issues and difficulties.  Also offers one to one support, telephone support, free needle exchange, awareness. Phone to arrange a visit or appointment.

Cancer Care Alliance

Contact Cancer Care Alliance if you have experience of local cancer services within Teesside, South Durham and North Yorkshire either as a patient or carer and would like to feedback your views and get involved in solving any problems.

Cardiac Support Group (Heartbeat)

Heartbeat aim to support people who are living with, or people who are caring for those with Heart Disease. We enjoy social activities as a group and give access to the latest developments in the treatment of cardiac diseases.


Personal care and associated domestic services to meet the needs of dependant clients in their own home environment. Services provided include:- Domiciliary Care, Cleaning, Domestic Care, Personal Care, Sitting Service; Respite Care, Sleeping Night Care, Working Night Care, Meal Preparation, Shopping Service. Careforce offers three hour breaks to the carers of people with Dementia. These breaks are free of charge but are dependent on availability

Carewatch (North & East Riding of Yorkshire)

Carewatch is a major provider of care throughout the North and East of Yorkshire helping people to live comfortably and securely in their own home. Carewatch can help people at home recovering from a major operation or just starting to find certain jobs around the house more difficult.


Offers a wide range of practical support services including: help with shopping, collecting pensions and prescriptions; help with meal preparation; personal care including help with bathing, washing, dressing etc; support in overcoming problems of poor mobility such as getting in and out of bed and going up and down stairs; support for existing carers who may not otherwise get a break.


Service ranges from a few hours around the home each week to 24-hour live-in support.

Caring Together

Provides a visiting service offering emotional and practical support for elderly people living alone. Sitting service for carers, provided by volunteers, to enable carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities. Provides information and support for carers and people who suffer from the effects of Alzheimer's Disease and other illnesses which cause confusion.


Monthly support group for carers in the Whitby area, meeting at The Coliseum on the second Wednesday of every month at 2pm - speakers arranged to cover subjects chosen by group members, and an opportunity for carers to share their concerns, receive some positive support and simply take time out to relax. Other activities include outings, craft afternoons and Christmas party.

Cauwood Day Centre

People of different abilities, with individual needs for care, attend the Cauwood Day Centre in for disabled adults in Ryedale. The day centre plans a range of activities to do over the week. Some are in the day centre – drama, cooking skills and yoga. Some activities are in the community – swimming, supported employment, college classes and trips out. Activities change every 12-15 weeks.


Service users have a Keyworker who will be the link between the day centre and home. Transport is arranged through the Care Manager.


Supported employment – the Supported Employment Worker finds work opportunities for people with disabilities. Support is provided by a Job Coach.


Referrals to the Day Centre are through Adult and Community Services care Managers who assess the individual to see if they are eligible for day care. Service users have an initial trial period. Review after one month.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Specialist Children & Adolescent Mental Health Team: Community Psychiatric Nurses, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist, Social Workers, CAMHS Practitioners & Community Support Worker.


Primary Mental Health Worker Team: A group of professionals who work in GP surgeries usually providing first contact, assessment and intervention where appropriate.


Looked After Children (LAC) Team: A team of CAMHS professionals working specifically with children looked after by the local authority, who have complex needs or child protection issues where there is also a mental health concern.


Referral to all services through GP, School Nurse, Health Visitor or Paediatrician. The LAC team take referrals from Social Services. The services are based at Beck House. Clinics are also held throughout the locality.