8th – 14th June 2020

This year the Carers Week theme is ‘Make Caring Visible’.

Visit Carers Week website to add your voice, activity or pledge.

So we are busy connecting you to all the support available for unpaid carers including advice on money, access to wellbeing services and helping you access learning and work.  

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Carers Week 2020 events in Luton

There are a range of events taking place across Luton through the week:

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Monday 8th June 2020

10.30am – 11.30am & 11.30am – 12.15pm

Virtual Connections Coffee Morning

Unpaid carers in Luton are invited to join the Carers Central free, weekly session to meet other carers and find out what support is available in your local area.

This week’s topics for discussion will include benefits and money including carers allowance.

Let’s make all carers visible and make this our biggest coffee morning so far.

Come along with a cup of tea or coffee and chat to local carers along with our Carers Support Officers, Sally and Levi.

Join us from 10.30am at our virtual meeting via PC or mobile phone.

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Monday 8th June 2020

12.30pm – 2pm

Total Wellbeing Luton:

Wellbeing while working during COVID-19 

Total Wellbeing Luton says “Many of our normal routines and daily activities are changing. Naturally this can be unsettling, and we can find that the things we usually did to look after our well-being have become difficult.
Many of us still have to work, whether this be as a key worker or working from home. The aim of this workshop is to provide techniques on how to manage wellbeing whilst working, and also maintaining a healthy work/life balance.”

Visit the Total Wellbeing Luton website for full details of their wellbeing workshops.

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Tuesday 9th June 2020

5pm – 7pm

Carers Central Q&A Evening:

Just ask Sally…

Sally is a Carer Support Officer with the Carers Central team and will be available to answer all your questions on the phone, web chat or text. We can help with a wide range of topics, supporting you during the coronavirus crisis with wellbeing, employment, equipment, local support organisations and much more.

Join us from 7pm at our virtual Q&A meeting via PC or mobile phone.

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Wednesday 10th June 2020

2pm – 3.30pm

Total Wellbeing Luton:

Mindfulness during COVID-19 

Total Wellbeing Luton says “Incorporating mindfulness based practice in to day to day life has many benefits for both our emotional health and physical health. The current pandemic may have contributed to increased stress levels which can make you feel less able to cope.

This workshop will discuss what mindfulness is and how it can be applied to help manage difficult emotional experiences.”

Visit the Total Wellbeing Luton website for full details of their wellbeing workshops.

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Thursday 11th June 2020

11am – 12pm

The Disability Resource Centre:

Support into learning and work 

The Disability Resource Centre says “Come and join a 1 hour session with our friendly employment expert, Chris and invest in your personal development.

Come and chat to Chris about opportunities to support carers into suitable work opportunities, support with wellbeing, money, IT and much more.

Explore local learning opportunities available through a variety of methods.

Chris will guide you through this session with an aim of producing an action plan to remove any barriers you have to learning and/or work. Chris will be available to answer any questions in this fun and friendly online workshop.”

Join us from 11am at our virtual workshop via PC or mobile phone.

 

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Thursday 11th June 2020

12:10pm – 1pm

Caribbean Carers – Virtual Group Meetup

For Carers Week, a new Luton group called Caribbean Carers will be meeting today from 12:10 pm to 1 pm today in the Carers Central virtual meeting room: https://drcbeds.whereby.com/carers-central-meeting
They are a new organisation of carers who will be here to tell people all about their new carers group. They are keen to hear from carers about the ways the group can support local carers and are looking forward to their first virtual meeting. So please join us at the meeting room online today from 12:10 pm: https://drcbeds.whereby.com/carers-central-meeting

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Friday 12th June 2020

1:15pm – 2:15pm

Free online seated yoga session

This free yoga session will include a guided meditation along with some relaxation techniques and gentle chair based exercises.

Thanks to The Disability Resource Centre and for Brendan from Shanti Warrior Yoga for providing his session.

Please contact the Carers Central team by email to book your place carerscentral@drcbeds.org.uk

Brendan is running this seated yoga session and said

“It’s best for everyone if they can please try to check in to the online class at least 15 minutes before the session if possible, so we can sort out the technicals and start on time.

We’ll do some guided meditation, and then do some basic seated yoga stretches.

What you’ll need for the session:

Everyone will need a chair (one that’s not on wheels – so a dining table chair, for example), a belt (cotton belt, or a dressing gown belt is equally good), and some cushions.”

Please contact the Carers Central team by email to book your place carerscentral@drcbeds.org.uk

New pages for carers wellbeing and benefits

Check our new page of useful links for carers covering benefits and money.

See our brand new page of useful links, videos, apps and more for improving your wellbeing as a carer.

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Free training from The Disability Resource Centre:

Introduction to Emotional Wellbeing

New online course

This new and free online course will help you to learn about your emotional wellbeing. You will be introduced to some practical tools to help you to take better care of yourself.

What’s covered in this course

This online course contains 3 lessons that will take about 3 hours to complete. We invite you to start using the tools and techniques in your daily life.

The first lesson will take you through the definitions of emotional wellbeing, why it’s important to invest in emotional wellbeing and how without this investment we can have negative impacts.

You will then learn how the practical tools included in this lesson can support you to manage your emotional wellbeing through a programme of meditation, affirmation and journaling.

Next you’ll learn how you can take better care of yourself. Learn how others practice emotional wellbeing and how you can incorporate this into your life. You’ll also start a journey of creating a more balanced life using the Wheel of Life and you’ll create your own Vision Board.

If you would like enrol on this course then please email The Disability Resource Centre.

Employment support for carers

We understand how difficult it can be to find time in your week to focus on you and your wellbeing. We want to help you. Our free support programme for carers could be the starting point you need to help manage your wellbeing, learn new skills and/or gain paid work.

Support into care work

A free employment support programme to help you find work in the health and care sector. All our support programmes are now available by phone and online. If you have worked in care before or are exploring new areas of work, then we can help you.

New (and free) online wellbeing courses

The Best of Me programme is a series of free online courses for Bedfordshire residents to help improve your health, confidence & wellbeing. We design our online courses to include regular virtual meetups, with fellow course participants and your tutor. 1-2-1 contact with your tutor is encouraged via phone, email and online video chat.

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