Aug 10, 2021

Launch of 3 New Carer Groups!

A teddy knitted by Elena who runs knitting group!
A teddy knitted by Elena who runs knitting group!

Far from taking a break over the summer, our activity groups for carers go from strength to strength, with your generous contribution to our project helping us launch 3 new groups!

All of these new groups are being run by unpaid carers who are keen to share their skills and passions with fellow carers.

Local carer Rosalind is currently running an online study group on the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet that will culminate with the group getting a free ticket to see a performance of the play at the Globe Theatre.

We also have Elena running an in-person knitting class and Yasmin running an in-person art class for carers throughout August at The Beethoven Centre in Queen's Park. Materials are provided for both the groups.

There are also other activity groups in the pipeline, including a new carer-led group on London’s history!

Thank you again for your generous support which has enabled us to continue running these activity groups for local unpaid carers, helping them to have a well-earned break from their demanding caring roles.

Landscape drawing by Yasmin who leads art group
Landscape drawing by Yasmin who leads art group
Apr 14, 2021

More activity groups enable carers to take break!

Carer's artwork from recent online Art Class!
Carer's artwork from recent online Art Class!

Your generous gift to our You Help, We Help, They Care project has enabled us to continue running an ever-expanding range of online and telephone groups for unpaid carers that have been a vital lifeline during the recent lockdown!

 

As well Mindfulness, Yoga, Online Art and Cookery Classes we have also launched Pilates and Zumba groups which have proved very popular with carers.

We are also running fun creative writing, poetry appreciation and news and debate telephone groups.

These groups have helped unpaid carers learn new skills as well as to virtually meet and socialise with other fellow carers – helping to avoid social isolation at a time when carers have been even more isolated than normal due to the pandemic.

“This is wonderful! Being able to do exercise in the comfort of our own home without worrying about the person we care for. I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate in these brilliant classes.” Local carer after enjoying a Zumba session

“The Mindfulness sessions with Olga were a delightful experience… warmth, charm and authentic passion beamed through the computer with generosity, time knowledge and learning.” Local carer on the popular Mindfulness sessions.

“I would like to say big thank you to two excellent yoga instructors. Both these physical activities were exactly what we, tired and exhausted carers needed!” Carers enjoyed the recent Chair and Slow Flow Yoga sessions.

We are also just about to launch a new 5-week online ‘Beginners Photography’ course that 25 unpaid carers have already signed up for.

There are plans as well for more art classes later in the year as the groups we ran earlier in year were so well received.

“Thank you so much to teach us some of the techniques and tips. I gained some knowledge and confidence. Now I definitely start painting.”

Thank you again for your generosity.

It means we can continue to help carers access vital support – while also giving them the opportunity to break the routine of their caring role and enjoy social, recreational activities!

A carer's collage from online art class
A carer's collage from online art class
Dec 17, 2020

New exciting online & telephone carer groups!

Local carer Iwona who enjoys the online groups
Local carer Iwona who enjoys the online groups

Thanks to your generosity we have been able to expand our programme of online activities and groups for unpaid carers that have been running while current restrictions have been in place.

Recent activities have included Mindfulness, Slow Flow and Chair Yoga, Online Art Classes, Cookery Classes and Make-up Tips!

Carers find these groups a great help as they give them an opportunity to take a break from their caring role, try new activitties  and meet with fellow carers.

These sessions also help prevent social isolation as the pressures of the pandemic and the restrictions in place have made carers more hidden and isolated than ever before.

Iwona cares for her husband and recently joined one of our groups “I’m not really a chatty person, but I was brave enough to go on Zoom. My husband helped show me how to join the meeting and I was able to chat to other carers along with one of Carers Network team. It was really nice to talk to someone rather than being alone with a book and to see different faces apart from same ones I see at home and work.”

Another local carer Rosita looks after her sons and has recently been joining the groups, "I enjoyed the groups very much and will continue to join them. I’m loving them, especially the make-up session where I learned a lot. They are fantastic and I’d like to keep going!"

We have also recently launched telephone groups for carers who do not have access to a computer or reliable broadband — or are just put off from joining online Zoom sessions.

We currently have food discussion, creative writing and poetry appreciation telephone groups.

Even if carers enjoy Zooms, these new groups are another great way to try new activities and catch up with fellow carers!

Thank you again for your generous gift.

It means we can help carers access vital support while also giving them the opportunity to break the routine of their caring role while enjoying recreational activities!

Rosita is going to keep coming to the sessions!
Rosita is going to keep coming to the sessions!
 
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