Richmond Carers Centre arranges a number of free workshops specifically for carers  throughout the year on anything from First Aid and Using your Mobile Phone with Confidence to mindfulness and aromatherapy.  For more information or book a space on one of our workshops, please call the support team on 020 8867 2380 or email info@richmondcarers.org. This is a blended service, offering both online and face-to-face sessions. Our workshops are open to all adult carers registered with Richmond Carers Centre.

Training Programme – May 2022

May’s training programme focuses on your rights and entitlements as a carer giving you the opportunity to learn more about the support and benefits available to help you and the person for whom you care. To book a place, please email support@richmondcarers.org or call and leave a message on 020 8867 2380.

Relaxation Techniques – fortnightly sessions with Giorgia Pontet

Our popular sessions for you to explore ways to relax both your mind and your body.

Tuesdays 10th and 24th May, 5-6pm

Know your rights – Understanding the Care Act and Carers’ Rights

This workshop will explore the law and the ways in which it can protect carers. It will provide you with an overview of your rights and entitlements as a carer as well as a better understanding of the Care Act.

Friday 13th May, 12.30-1.30pm

Carer’s Assessment and Carer’s Emergency Card

Jayne Ayris – Carers Champion and Social Worker at Richmond & Wandsworth Adult Social Care
This workshop focuses on the Carer’s Assessment and the Carer’s Emergency Card. It will provide you with an overview of their purpose, the process of getting them, and how they can benefit you. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Monday 16th May, 11am-12pm

Carer’s Allowance & Carer’s Credit – Richmond Aid

Sandra Keen, Welfare Benefits Adviser at Richmond AID, will provide information on Carer’s Allowance & Carer’s Credit entitlement conditions as well as how carers can apply, report changes of circumstances and be signposted to other DWP benefits and services.

Thursday 26th May, 2-3pm

Training Programme – June 2022

This month the training programme looks at ways to improve your health and resilience, with workshops on the Alexander Technique, gut health and the menopause, and so enhance your capacity to help the person for whom you care. To book a place, please email support@richmondcarers.org or call and leave a message on 020 8867 2380.

Alexander Technique Workshop – Three weekly online sessions with Giorgia Pontet

Three sessions that will help to explore the Alexander Technique. A practical workshop that invites the individual to learn how to relax in a position that will change the discomfort often experienced as back pain. Lying on a mat or blanket at floor level with a pillow under the head the participant is guided to a deep awareness of the body and its connection to the ground, space and breath.

Tuesdays 7th, 14th and 21st June, 5-6pm

Gut Health – how can we maximise it? Talk with Brian Isbell

Brian Isbell has extensive experience in working with and delivering talks to carers. This workshop focuses on the anatomy of the gut and causes of disorders. Brian will explore the symptoms and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome; the importance of fibre, prebiotics and probiotics for a healthy gut, as well as the psychological effects and the habits that affect gut health.

Friday 17th June, 11.30am-1pm 

Menopause – what are the symptoms and how can they be alleviated? Talk with Brian Isbell  

During this talk Brian will focus on what the menopause is and its symptoms. He will discuss how oestrogen changes around menopause as well as the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The talk will highlight the importance of adopting a holistic approach to the menopause and will explore ways to manage menopausal symptoms as well as therapeutic approaches, including diet; the importance of soya; natural HRT; exercise; avoiding smoking; stress management, and nutritional supplementation and herbal medicines.

Monday 27th June, 12.30-2pm

Training Programme – July 2022

In July the training programme will not only include the regular relaxation sessions and a workshop on the importance of water to your health and wellbeing, but also two legal talks – one covering Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and the other Wills – to support and help you in your role as a carer. To book a place, please email support@richmondcarers.org or call and leave a message on 020 8867 2380.

Relaxation Techniques – Fortnightly sessions with Giorgia Pontet

Our popular session for you to explore ways to relax both your mind and your body. Sessions will be held on a fortnightly basis and last one hour.

Tuesdays 5th and 19th July, 5-6pm

Lasting Powers of Attorney – Legal talk with M2M Community Solicitors LLP

This talk covers the formalities needed for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and the different considerations through the applications based on different circumstances. Not everyone needs a Lasting Power Attorney and this talk should identify the circumstances when you do need one and if it is appropriate.

Monday 11th July, 11am

Wills – Legal talk with M2M Community Solicitors LLP

A talk that covers the formalities necessary for a valid Will and what needs to be considered so you do not need to keep re-doing your Will. Many people think that they know everything needed to produce a valid Will, however, there are several issues which are not always considered but will be covered in this talk.

Friday 15th July, 11am

Water: more than H2O – Talk with Brian Isbell  

During this workshop Brian will focus on water’s importance in the body and talk about its chemistry and biological properties. He will explore the possible role of water in homeopathy and the importance of the mineral content of water, as well as precautions to take when drinking water. Brian will also discuss the hazards of drugs in water and those of plastic microparticles, as well as concerns about bottled water and water purification methods.

Wednesday 20th July, 10.30am-12pm

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