For Carers

The Carers Project has been running for nearly 20 years. The project is secular and welcomes all faiths, backgrounds and genders. It is separate to any Buddhist activities we run and extends a compassionate reach into the community. You can contact the project team at carersbreaks14@gmail.com or on their new phone number 07592 202018.

What is the Carers Project?

CARER BREAKS

We are creating more away days and overnight breaks in the coming years, thanks to Birmingham Carers Hub who commission us to run the Carers Wellbeing Project. Food, travel and accommodation are all provided, free of charge to the carers. The breaks are created with a sense of space and relaxation, with optional activities and ample time to explore countryside and connect to other carers. You’re welcome to attend one break per year, to allow for new and other carers to also get some rest and relaxation.

Find out what carers say about the breaks…

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT BREAKS:
DAY BREAK – Tuesday 25 June 2024
OVERNIGHT BREAK – Tuesday 20 – Wednesday 21 August 2024

We will send out an email when bookings open approx 6 weeks before breaks. Please join our carers mailing list below.

Location: Holland House, in the worcestershire countryside, near Evesham.
Essential Criteria: You or your cared for, need to live in Birmingham, and be registered with Birmingham Carers Hub (or be willing to register – you can start that process online here)

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FREE TAI CHI

Every Tuesday, at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre. 11.45am-12.45pm

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. 

CUBS GROUP

(Carers United Birmingham South) Carer led group

Bi weekly Tuesdays, at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre. 1:30pm-3pm

This is a group run by carers for carers. Each session involves different activities, sometimes these are practical and supportive tips for things like wellbeing or finance, to art sessions and creative skills, games. But most importantly a chance to chat, get to know other carers, and support one another in roles as carers.

Sessions will be on every other Tuesday: 9/01, 23/01, 6/02, 20/02, 5/03, 19/03, 2/04

We are sorry to say that our monthly Tuesday morning meetings for carers and our weekly Tuesday afternoon online meditation sessions are no longer running.

CARER PEER MENTORS

We are delighted to be able to offer a new part of the project, thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund for our Carers Wellbeing Project. The funding has allowed us to create a team of carer peer mentors, to offer support to other carers. During our experience in running Carers events over the past 15+ years, we noticed how much assistance carers were able to give to other carers, so we wanted to build on that further. The Carer Mentors have received full training and a mental health first aid qualification.

We currently have 6 Mentors in the pilot project with the hope to secure more funding in the future.