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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.

  • Prawn curry with lemon and herb rice 12 Aug
  • Baked fish with sauce 26 Aug
  • Gluten free biscuits with mixed berry smoothie 9 Sept
  • Naan breads 23 Sept

More sessions coming for October!

Each session is 10.30 - 12 noon.

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

Introduction to Mindfulness

Join us and relax and unwind in your own home. Find a quite space, take time to indulge and escape your worries for a few moments.

  • Monday 7th September for 7 weeks (Excluding 14th Sept), 2pm
  • Hosted by Matthew Aylen a qualified practitioner
  • This is for Carers and the person they care for and Former carers.

Free on Zoom sign me up! 

Time to Ask - Learning Disabilities

 Do you care for an adult with a Learning Disability, do you often have questions and no one to answer. Come and join us and let's see if between us we can help.

  • Thursday 24th September, 10-12.30pm
  • Hosted by Jenny, Sharon & Voluntary Sector Colleagues
  • This is for Carers

Free on Zoom. Sign me up

Yvonne Newbold Webinars

Yvonne Newbold Webinars:

  • How to Keep Brothers & Sisters Safe and Happy. 17th September, 8pm
  • How to Boost you SEND Child's Self Esteem. 24th September, 8pm

Yvonne's webinars earlier in lockdown were a smash hit with parent carers. We have asked Yvonne to provide us with another two webinars as children return (or not) to school.

Sign me up for How to Keep Brothers & Sisters Safe & Happy

Sign me up for How to Boost you SEND Child's Self Esteem

Dean Beadle Presentation

  • Dean is an excellent speaker, he will talk candidly about living with Autism and anxiety, he is engaging and entertaining and will be happy to answer any questions you have on the topic of living with autism and anxiety.
    In this session, Dean will discuss anxiety from the perspective of an autistic person. He will look at reasons why anxiety may be so prevalent for autistic people as well as looking at ways to best support autistic people through anxiety.
  • Thursday 15th October 7-9pm
  • Hosted by Jenny Harris and Dean Beadle

Anxiety & Low Mood in Lockdown

Are you experiencing anxiety and/or low mood during the Covid 19 restricitions?

Join this workshop to gain an understanding and learn some strategies to get you through the extraodinary time safely.

  • Mon 19 October 7pm
  • Hosted by ELFT
  • This is for Carers and Cared for

Free on Zoom. Sign me up for Anxiety & Low Mood in Lockdown

Interactive Five Ways to Wellbeing

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

 Wed 28th October – 10-1.30pm 
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! 

Activities

Chair Yoga for carers: Move - Breathe - Relax

  • Wednesday mornings from the 16th September, 10am - 10:30am with Trish Munro
  • Free on Zoom                 Donations welcome!
  • This is open to carers and the person you care for.
  • 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 September, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 
  • Zoom, free Sign me up  Donations welcome!
  • This is open to carers and the person you care for.
  • 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, 27 August, 3rd September.  Here the group look at artwork by an artist and have a go at working in their style. 

And then a programme of 5 sessions from 24 September, 1, 8, 15, 22 October – topic tbc 

Suitable for all abilities.

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 

    September 15, 22, 29, 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 only
  • 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. 

We cannot take responsibility for wider public. 

Welcome to wear mask. 

Don’t attend if you or anyone you have been with in contact with in last 2 weeks is exhibiting symptoms of Covid 19. 

You are responsible for checking if the toilet facilities and/or cafes are open.

Ampthill Park - Meet by the main entrance.

  • On the 1st Wednesday of the month from September, 10-12pm
  • Hosted by Sharon & Caroline
  • Text Sharon on 07772 231192 if you would like to be joining with us. 

Houghton Hall Park - Meet by the Cafe

  • On the 2nd Wednesday of the month from September, 1-3pm
  • Hosted by Sharon and Maria
  • Text Sharon on 07772 231192 if you would like to be joining with us.

Bedford Park - Meet by the Pavillion Cafe

  • On the 3rd Wednesday of the month from September, 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 from September, 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. Sept: 1st, 15th, 29th; Oct: 6th, 20th 

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. Sept: 3rd, 17th; Oct: 1st, 15th

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. Sept: 14th; Oct 12th
  • Tuesdays 7 - 8pm; Hosted by Sharon. Sept: 29th; Oct: 27th

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

Sept - Ancestry 

"Have you ever wondered, Who's in your family tree? What professions they had? Where in the world they may be?"

  • Friday 11 Sept, 11 - 1pm
  • Our colleague, Anni who has spent years researching her own family tree, will give you a wonderful insight into how you can research and learn about your own past. Anni's enthusiasm is contagious so if you would like to find out more, please come along and join us

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

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

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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