For Carers

The Carers Project

The Carers Project is one of a number of initiatives run by the Birmingham Buddhist Centre to extend our compassionate reach into the community. You can contact the project team at carersbreaks14@gmail.com or on their new phone number 07592 202018.

Our project offers carers a chance to learn relaxation techniques and approaches which help them cope better with stress. Sessions are for unpaid carers of family members or friends who live in Birmingham or care for someone living in Birmingham.

We are part of a network of organisations funded by the City Council called the Birmingham Carers Hub – the hub has a helpline 0333 006 9711 and a website and are also on Facebook. Their email address is info@BirminghamCarersHub.org.uk.

Awaydays and Peer Mentors

We are delighted to be able to offer a new service in the coming months, thanks to a £9,700 grant from the National Lottery Community Fund for our Carers Wellbeing Project. The funding will allow us to arrange wellbeing away days and create a team of carer peer mentors. Please get in touch with the team at carersbreaks14@gmail.com for more information as it becomes available.

Monthly Meeting for Carers

10.30am-1pm (no lunch provided)

Join us on the last Tuesday of the month for a relaxing and restorative morning at the Buddhist Centre. There will be a led meditation and then the chance to do either a yoga or tai chi class, as well as the chance to meet and connect with other carers.

Just turn up, no booking needed. Free for carers. Please note we are not currently providing lunch at this event due to covid precautions. There is no meeting in August or December.

Free Tai Chi for Carers

Every Tuesday, 11.45am-12.45pm

Led by Steve Taylor. Tai Chi involves gentle flowing movements which help with relaxation, balance, flexibility and fitness. There are standing and sitting options suitable for all abilities. No need to book – just turn up.

If you would like to continue at home, there are some online sessions recommended by one of the carers:

Here (10 minute session with verbal instructions in English)

Here (23 minutes with written instructions on screen)

Please modify any movements that are too difficult for you. 

Weekly Online Group

Join in carers activities from your own home. Zoom has been working very well for many carers and we have found meditation through Zoom can be really good. So we have decided to offer Zoom relaxation meditation sessions (plus a little time for a chat) every Tuesday 2.00-3.00pm

The easiest way is to download Zoom on a tablet, smart phone or computer. You can do that here. https://zoom.us Then just click on the link below where is says HERE.  If that doesn’t work, open the Zoom app, click join or join meeting and then type in the meeting ID number.

Same login every week at  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85251709762
Meeting ID: 852 5170 9762

There is no need to book and sessions are free to carers. Even if your computer doesn’t have a camera, we can still hear each other so it’s still worth joining in.