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 on email us to book your place. 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 autumn 2018, Giorgia has been running guidance sessions about techniques to help carers cope better with stress levels, focusing on mind, body and spirit. These can be attended as stand-alone sessions or, if you wish to practise the techniques you learn at home, you can review your progress by coming to a further session, with future dates to be announced in the winter newsletter. Tuesday 1st October, 10am-12noon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Fiona Wiles, Community Special Care Dentistry, Kings College Hospital will offer training and advice on how to care for the teeth of those who are dependent on you for care. Covering diet, oral hygiene and brushing, the workshop will end with an open discussion about the difficulties faced by those under your care. Tuesday 24th September 1-3pm. Email email@example.com to book your place.
Four-week mindfulness course
Andrea Hosfeld of Space to Be will be offering a further four-week mindfulness course for Richmond Carers Centre. Mindfulness is a practice which involves deliberately bringing your awareness to the present moment with acceptance and non-judgement. Research suggests that meditation and awareness training can boost the immune system, significantly reduce stress, improve sleep, bolster creativity, reduce the ruminative thinking that leads to anxiety and depression, and improve relationships with loved ones and friends. Throughout the course students will be building the muscle of their awareness through a variety of formal and informal meditations. Thursdays, 10am-12noon, 26th September; 3rd, 10th and 17th October. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Cooking for health
Age UK Richmond are running a six-week cookery and health course from October for those over 50 – and all carers are invited to apply. Taking place at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College, the sessions will all last two hours. In addition to cooking some healthy and tasty food (to take home!), each session will include a workshop on topics such as:
– health checks and tips
– savvy supermarket shopping and decoding labels
– tips for coping with ‘bad days’/depression
– the benefits of healthy eating and how this can help with mood.
It costs £63 per person, but carers over 70 (and carers under 70 and on a low income) are eligible for up to a 50% discount. Please apply for a place to Sue Hollins on 020 8744 1965 or email email@example.com. Commences Thursday 10th October, 3.30-5.30pm and runs weekly except 31st October, half-term week.
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.