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.

The project offers carers a chance to learn relaxation techniques and approaches which help them cope better with stress. Our sessions are for unpaid carers of family members or friends who live in Birmingham or care for someone living in Birmingham. Occasionally we are able to include carers from just outside the City boundary so please talk to us about this.

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.

Residential Breaks

We run regular residential breaks for carers which are a chance to relax and learn new stress-management skills. For more information about the breaks, and how to apply, please email carersbreaks14@gmail.com .

Monthly Meeting for Carers

10am-1pm (no lunch provided) 30 November

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. Limited spaces so booking essential.  Book at https://buytickets.at/birminghambuddhistcentre/536961

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.

Fortnightly Carers Support Group at the Buddhist Centre

Birmingham Mind Carers Wellbeing Service is running support groups for carers over 18 years old who live in Birmingham. Sessions are currently held fortnightly on Tuesdays 1.30-3.00pm (although this may change later in the year).
These are informal groups where you can meet with other carers, take part in practical exercises and share experiences and information. If you are a carer who is suffering with your own mental health and/or who cares for someone with a mental health issue and would like further information, please contact Michelle Boyce directly on 07734 959974 or michelleboyce@birminghammind.org or alternatively call the Birmingham Mind helpline number on 0121-2623555 (available 24/7).

Phone chat with a member of the team

Do let us know if you would like a phone conversation with one of our team. There are a number of sources of support and information about services that may be of use to you and a friendly chat with one of our team could help you think about what you need to stay well. Email carersbreaks14@gmail.com if you would like a call.