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What's On Lots of groups, talks and activities now online

Cookery with Misbah

We are so pleased to welcome Misbah of Foodbreak for a series of 4 cookery workshops.Learn to cook these dishes and then enjoy eating them!

About Misbah: 

I love food and everything about food. I love experimenting in my kitchen and creating new and healthy recipes.

I started food blogging in 2016 from my Facebook page called Foodbreak. I start running food based well being workshops 3 years ago. I have delivered food workshops for Bedford borough, MIND BLMK and carers in Bedfordshire young carers team. Now I look forward to see you in my food workshops.

  • Chicken Tikka with Raita (Puneer Tikka Veg option) 7 Oct
  • Pakora Chaat 21 Oct
  • Minestrone Soup 11 Nov
  • Canapes & Mince pies 2 Dec

Each session is 10.30 - 12 noon.

This is for Carers and the person you care for

Free on Zoom Sign me up for Cookery! Donations welcome!

Parent Together Discussion Group - Return to School Review Meeting

As a follow up to the 'Parents Together Discussion Group - Returning to School' meeting held on 3rd September you are invited to a review meeting to hear about the impact of the new term on carers and their families and discuss the issues including the successes and the concerns. The return to school has been a challenging time for all parents and particularly for those with children with additional needs. Therefore, we would like to support parent carers by providing this forum to share their experiences and review the issues raised at the previous discussion.

  • Thurs 22 October 8-10pm
  • Hosted by Maria, Jon and Sara
  • This is for Parent Carers

Free on Zoom Sign me up!

Interactive Five Ways to Wellbeing

Learn and practice ways to promote your health and wellbeing in this feel good workshop.  

 Wed 28th October – 10.00-1.00pm 
We will be covering 

GIVE  -  how to massage your own hands 

CONNECT – fun chatting session 

LEARN –  some sign language 

MINDFUL – experience being mindful 

BE ACTIVE –  armchair Yoga

Free on Zoom. Sign me up! 

This is for Carers & Former Carers

Introduction to Mindfulness for Parent Carers

Join Palma as she guides you through some simple mindfulness techniques to help combat the everyday stresses you may experience as the parent of a SEND child, from someone who understands.

  • Tuesday Evenings for 4 sessions, 3, 10, 17 & 24 November - 8.00-9.00pm
  • Hosted by Palma Quinn
  • This is for Parent Carers

Free on Zoom Sign me up

Beginners Guide to Ancestry

Following the wonderful insight into researching your family tree that Anni delivered in September, we have asked her to deliver this again during an evening to give everyone the opportunity to find out tips and ideas which will help you explore your past.

  • Thurs 12 Nov, 7-9pm
  • This is for Carers and Former Carers

Free on Zoom.    Sign me up

Christmas Quiz Night

Join us for a festive quiz night on Zoom. It was lovely to see so many at the last quiz, so hoping you can all join us again and kick start your celebrations.

  • Fri 11 Dec, 7-9pm
  • Hosted by Jenny Harris & Sharon Roger
  • This is for Carers and the person you care for,  Former Carers & Staff

Free on Zoom Sign me up

Christmas Sing-a-long

Join together with staff from Carers in Bedfordshire, our choir leader, Evelyn Sutherland will lead us in a festive evening of songs and Christmas tunes. Wear a jumper and a Christmas hat, light a candle and share your favourite cracker joke. A way of connecting together to celebrate the season.

  • Monday 21 December, 7-8.30pm
  • Hosted by Eveylyn Sutherland
  • This is for Carers, those they care for, Former carer, Staff & Professionals

Free on Zoom Sign me up

Activities

Chair Yoga for carers: Move - Breathe - Relax

  • Wednesday mornings from the 16th September to the 11 December, 10am - 10:30am with Trish Munro
  • Free on Zoom                 Donations welcome!
  • This is open to Carers, the person you care for & Former carers
  • The sessions are led by experienced and qualified yoga teacher, Trish Munro. Chair yoga is for everyone, no matter what age you are or what level of fitness you are at, you can experience the health benefits of yoga. The classes include gentle yoga stretches, breathing techniques & relaxation techniques to exercise the body and calm the mind. At the end of the session, the participant will feel better physically and mentally. You may find it easier to be sitting on something like a dining room chair rather than on an armchair but it is not essential.
  • More information on Trish and her approach to yoga can be found at www.theyogafactory.co.uk
  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register

Arm chair yoga for carers

  • Friday afternoons 3 - 3.30pm October, 2, 9, 16, 23, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December, 4 & 11.
  • Zoom, free Sign me up  Donations welcome!
  • This is open to Carers the person you care for & Former carers
  • The sessions are led by qualified yoga teacher, Linda Wheatley. You will be guided through breathing, gentle stretching and muscle activation techniques, working at your own pace and to your own ability. You may find it easier to be sitting on something like a dining room chair rather than on a squashy armchair but that’s not essential.

Art Workshops with Natasha 

Natasha is an artist.  She is part of a social enterprise called Real Inspiration that provides creative, community based workshops and projects www.realinspiration.co.uk.   For Carers in Beds she is providing carers with creative projects on paper.

Her sessions are suitable for all abilities

When:

  • ‘Art in the Style of’ – 11.30am.  
  • Here the group look at artwork by an artist and have a go at working in their style. 
  • From 24 September, 1, 8, 15, 22 October, 5, 12, 19, 26 November, 3, 10, 17 December 
  • How: Zoom, free.
  • This is open to Carers the person you care for & Former carers

We look forward to getting together for some creative fun! 

  • To join please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will ensure you get joining details nearer the time 

 Choir - singing because we care!

  • Tuesday afternoons at 3.30 pm 
  • October 6, 13, 20, November 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15

    Please note there is no session on Oct 27 and Nov 3, this is a 2 week half term break.

  • This is open to Carers & Former carers 
  • The sessions are led by experienced and qualified choirmaster Evelyn Sutherland who runs a number of local community choirs.  You do not have to sing well: just have enthusiasm and a willingness to connect with other carers in this way.  You do not have to be an accomplished singer, it’s only you who can hear yourself on Zoom.
  • The Carers Choir has been running for 5 years. The choir regularly sing at St John's Moggerhanger and take part in the Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul's Church
  • Please contract the Tracey Gill on 0300 111 1919 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to make a payment of £25.00 for the 12 week course.
  • Sign up for the choir here, no previous singing required Sign me up!

Walking Groups

Walking has many health benefits. It can help with weight loss and being with others can reduce social isolation. Being out in nature can also help improve your sense of wellbeing and mental health.

We will social distance walking. 

This is for Carers, the person they care for & Former carers

Ampthill Park - Meet by the main entrance.

  • On the 1st Wednesday of the month, 4 Nov, 2 Dec, 10-12pm
  • Hosted by Sharon & Caroline
  • Text Dawn on 07772 231183 if you would like to be joining with us. 

Houghton Hall Park - Meet by the Cafe

  • On the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 11 Nov, 9 Dec, 1-3pm
  • Hosted by Sharon and Maria
  • Text Dawn on 07772 231183 if you would like to be joining with us.

Bedford Park - Meet by the Pavillion Cafe

  • On the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 18 Nov, 16 Dec,  1-3pm
  • Hosted by Jenny and Gerry
  • Text Jenny on 07772 231142 if you will be joining us.

Henlow Park - Meet at Henlow Church SG16 6AN

  • On the 4th Wednesday of the month, 25 Nov, No meeting in Dec, 11am-1pm
  • Hosted by Jenny and Gerry
  • Text Jenny on 07772 231142 if you will be joining us.

Music Sessions 

  • First Wednesday of each month 2pm-3pm. 
  • Free on Zoom Donations welcome!
  • For carers of someone living with dementia and/or someone living with dementia 
  • Sing along to well known songs with Teela from Music 24 and her acoustic guitar. Fun and inclusive warm-ups plus the chance to dance. Lyrics provided on screen. 
  • To book: contact Flora Stewart This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  0300 111 9090

Poetry Group 

  • Second Wednesday of each month 11am-12pm 
  • Free on Zoom Donations welcome!
  • For carers of someone living with dementia and/or someone living with dementia
  • Bring and share your favourite poems, try out a quiz, or simply watch and enjoy.
  • To book: contact Flora Stewart This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  0300 111 9090

Carers groups

Tea & Chat for All

This is open to carers and former carers, and the person you care for. It is hosted by a support worker.

  • Tuesdays 2 - 3pm Hosted by Caroline.  Oct: 6th,  20th; 3rd, 17th  Nov; 1st, 15th Dec

This is free and via Zoom. 
Sign up and we will send you the link to join us Sign me up! Donations welcome!

Tea & Chat 

This is open to carers and former carers only. It is hosted by a support worker.

  • Thursdays 11 - 12pm; hosted by Donna or Caroline. Oct: 1st, 15th; 5th, 19th  Nov; 3rd, 17th Dec.

This is free and via Zoom. 
Sign up and we will send you the link to join us Sign me up! Donations welcome!

Evening carers group

Open to carers only and former carers, this session is hosted by a Service Lead

  • Mondays 7 - 8pm, Hosted by Amanda.  Oct 12th; 9th Nov; 14th Dec
  • Tuesdays 7 - 8pm; Hosted by Sharon. Oct: 27th; 24th Nov

This is free and via Zoom. Sign up and we will send you the link to join us Sign me up! Donations welcome!

Parent Carers

We are hosting the following Zoom meetings for parent carers to give you opportunities to get together online from any location

  • Mondays 10.00-11.00am
  • Tuesdays  8.00-9.00pm
  • Via Zoom, FREE
  • For a link to sign up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dementia Carers Groups

  • Tuesdays fortnightly from 2pm-3pm
  • First Thursday of the month 10:30am-11:30am
  • Keep in contact and exchange information and tips with other carers who care for someone with memory loss and dementia. The sessions are hosted by a support worker.
  • To book: contact Flora Stewart This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0300 111 9090

Ask Claire

  • Second Thursday of each month 11am-12pm. 
  • Question and answer session with Claire Day, dementia nurse specialist. 
  • To book: contact Flora Stewart This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0300 111 9090

Monthly Meet Ups

Oct - Hobbies

"What are the hobbies that interest you? Share with other carers ideas for all to do"

  • Thursday 22nd October, 1-3pm
  • Have you a hobbie or passion that has been keeping you busy in these different times. Come along and talk about it with other carers or just come and listen.

This is free via Zoom. Sign up and we will send you the link to join us Sign me up 

Nov - CIB Bake Off

"Get in your kitchen and bake a cake, share with us on Zoom. Let's see what you make"

  • Wednesday 4th November, 11-1pm
  • What fun this was when we had it in Carers Week and so many wonderful cooks. Please join us and show off your amazing baking. Or just come along for some recipe ideas.

This is free via Zoom. Sign up and we will send you the link to join us Sign me up

These are for Carers and Former Carers only.

Dec - Christmas Sketching with Natasha

‘As the festive season approaches, come along and get ideas to make & create something special to really impress your peers’

  • Wednesay 9 December, 10.30-12pm
  • Join us for a festive sketching session with Natasha. Every ability welcome, let’s face it you will all out shine Sharon & Jenny!! This is a fun session to get you creating in time for Christmas. Join in or spectate to get ideas.

This is free via Zoom. Sign up and we will send you the link to join us Sign me up

Wellbeing Sessions

We are really pleased to be able to provide Footcare, Massage Therapies and Haircuts at the following venues across the county for former carers, carers and the people you care for.

The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Rd, Biggleswade SG18 8JH, 11.30-14.30

1st Saturday of each month 3rd Oct, 7th Nov and 5th Dec

Eaton Bray Village Hall Church Lane, Eaton Bray, Dunstable LU6 2DJ 10.30- 13.30

2nd Saturday of each month 10th Oct, 14th Nov and 12th Dec

Bedford Office Suite D1 Emerald Court Pilgrim Centre MK417PZ 10.00-13.00

3rd Saturday of each month 17th Oct 21st Nov and 19th Dec

Flitwick Village Hall 11 Dunstable Rd, Flitwick, Bedford MK45 1HP 13.00-16.00

4th Monday of each month 26th Oct, 23rd Nov

Astral Park Leighton Buzzard 13.00-16.00 Thursdays

Dates coming soon

To book an appointment please Click here

Dementia Services

The dementia services team are running a number of regular Zoom groups and events. Please check out the events page on the Memory Navigation Service website to find out more.

You can also sign up to receive 'Activities to try at home' quiz and reminiscence sheets which are sent out weekly via email or post. For more information please contact the Memory Navigation Service on 0300 111 9090 or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

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