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.

Online Zoom groups

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) on Tuesdays 2.00-3.00pm (for six weeks initially).

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.

For September 22nd click HERE  Meeting ID: 380 354 4268

For Sept 29th, click HERE Meeting ID: 854 1466 8247

For Oct 6th, click HERE Meeting ID: 380 354 4268

For October 13th, click HERE Meeting ID: 841 3346 3541

For Oct 20th, click HERE Meeting ID: 380 354 4268

For Oct 27th, click HERE Meeting ID: 380 354 4268

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.

Tai Chi for Carers

Tuesdays 11.45am-12.45pm with a socially distanced small group. You need to book each session here. New sessions will be listed from time to time so do check back to see if a new session has opened for booking. There is no charge for ese sessions.

Tai Chi involves gentle flowing movements which help with relaxation, balance, flexibility and fitness. There are standing and sitting options suitable for all abilities.

If you want to attend the Tai Chi class, please follow the guidelines below to keep everyone safe.

  • Do not attend (even if you have booked) if you have COVID-19 symptoms or you’ve been in contact with someone who has.
  • Please keep a 2 metre distance from others at all times and use the hand sanitiser provided to increase hand hygiene.
  • Wear a face-covering at all times in the Buddhist Centre (you will be able to remove it once you get to your place in the class).
  • Bring a bottle of soft drink if you want to. Toilets will be open for use.
  • Please arrive between 11.30 and 11.40am and go straight into the Tai Chi class room on arrival. Sorry – late arrivals won’t be allowed into the class.
  • If you develop COVID symptoms or are diagnosed with COVID after attending one of our sessions please contact us on covidalertbbc@gmail.com. This will help us clean the building and contact other attendees as necessary. Please let us know your name, phone number and the event you attended.

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.

Residential Breaks

Our residential breaks have been suspended until 2021 owing to the public health situation.