Richmond Carers Centre arranges a number of free workshops throughout the year specifically for carers on anything from ‘First Aid’ to ‘Using your Mobile Phone with Confidence’. If you would like to find out more information or book a space on any of the workshops listed below, please call the support team on 020 8867 2380, text 07960 947 553 or click the EMAIL US buttons in the descriptions below. Our workshops are open to all adult carers registered with Richmond Carers Centre.
Relaxation techniques, monthly sessions
Giorgia Pontet is a regular workshop facilitator at Richmond Carers Centre. Since the autumn, Giorgia has been running monthly guidance sessions about techniques to help you cope better with stress levels, focusing on mind, body and spirit. The following can be attended as stand-alone sessions or, if you wish to practise at home and would like to review your technique, you may wish to come to a further session.
Tuesdays, 14th May 1.30-3.30pm (please note start time), 4th June 10am-12noon, 2nd July 10am-12noon
Led by Lindesay Mace, Down to Earth is part of Quaker Social Action and gives information and advice to help people to plan an affordable, meaningful funeral. In this two-hour workshop you’ll learn what options are available for a funeral, the cost implications, ways of planning ahead and other sources of help. By the end of the session you’ll feel more confident planning ahead for your own funeral or someone else’s. This workshop is not suitable for someone who has been recently bereaved. Tuesday 14th May 10am-12noon
Make do and grow
Led by Jude Holmes, this course shows you how to make the most of your outdoor space on a budget, learn about upcycling ‘junk’ items and see how you can increase your plant stock at minimal cost. Booking is for all three workshops, Tuesdays 1.30-3.30pm. All materials provided.
28th May: Collecting and sowing seeds, and learning how to grow new plants from cuttings. Start growing French Beans
11th June: Upcycling discarded items. Decorate a plain plant pot
25th June: Make a plant teepee, and plant with beans sown in Week 1
Led by Gavin Chambers, Moving & Handling Training. Caring for someone can involve moving, lifting or otherwise manually handling the people we look after. This workshop is designed to highlight the risks and requirements associated with manual handling. Safe moving and handling requires us to know the correct procedures for moving adults without causing injury to either them or ourselves. Wednesday 29th May 10am-12noon
Please note that this workshop takes place at Crossroads Care, Teddington
Oliver Mawdsley, Carer’s Allowance Outreach Manager for the DWP, will talk about how carers can navigate their way through entitlement conditions; how Carers Allowance links with other benefits, and how to claim additional support from the DWP. Tuesday 9th July 10am-12noon
Led by Carrie Reid, British Red Cross. Be confident that you can help someone in an emergency by learning simple first-aid skills. Thursday 11th July 10am-12noon
Please note that this workshop takes place at Vestry Hall, Richmond
Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College
Richmond an Hillcroft Adult Community College offers a number of personal wellbeing courses as part of a national project researching how learning can help mental wellbeing. If you are a carer and your household income is less than £27,000 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on some course. Those over 70 may be eligible for 25% discount on some courses. Check the website for full details.
ADHD Richmond regularly run parenting courses for parents and carers of children aged 2-12 with a diagnosis of ADHD or who display challenging behaviour.