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Lots of groups, talks and activities now online and in-person

Take a look to see what's on this month and what's coming up or download this useful Guide to What's On

Please check each in-person activity for an update in the light of the latest restrictions

Take a look to see what's on this month and what's coming up or download this useful Guide to What's On

Please check each in-person activity for an update in the light of the latest restrictions

What's on this month

Mindfulness course for carers - 8 April for 8 Weeks

Mindfulness Meditation,

We will start with an explanation of what mindfulness is, how it is beneficial, as well as debunking some of the myths attached to mindfulness meditation. I will be introducing you to different mindfulness techniques, as well as helping you to explore which are best for you. I will also be leading a variety of different mindfulness activities. By the end of the training, you will have a clear understanding of how you can start to establish a regular mindfulness practice and good reasons for doing so. 8 Session Plan: 1. Introduction to Mindfulness & Hourglass Meditation 2. & 3. Using Anchors: Breath, Sound, Sight, Taste, Sitting, Walking 4. Body Scan Meditation 5. & 6. Thoughts, Urges, Inner Critic 7. & 8. Acceptance, Compassion & Kindness I look forward to welcoming you!

  • Thursday 8th April 2.00-3.00pm 8 Week Course
  • Hosted by Matthew Aylen
  • This is for Carers and Former Carers

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

Stress Awareness Month - Understanding Stress - 12  & 13 April

A presentation on what stress is, how to identify triggers of stress and ways of coping with stress.

  • Monday 12th April 19:00-20:30, Tuesday 13th April 15:00-16:30
  • Hosted by Caroline Carter (CIB Wellbeing Practitioner)
  • This is for Carers, the person they care for and former carer

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

Managing Challenging Behaviour with Primary School Age Children (6-week course) - 13 April

Based on the Manchester Model of Challenging Behaviour for primary school aged children this 6-week course aims to promote positive relationships, attachment and pro-social behaviour through sensitive responding.

  • Tuesday 13 April 18.00-19.00 for 6 Weeks.
  • Hosted by Caroline Carter (CIB Wellbeing Practitioner)
  • This is for Parent Carers but open to all

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

Managing Worries and Improving Self-esteem 28 April

Caroline will talk with our young adult carers about managing their worries and improving their self esteem.

  • Wed 28th April 18.30-20.00 pm
  • Hosted by Caroline Carter (CIB Wellbeing Practitioner)
  • This is for Young Adult Carers 18-30 years old

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

Welfare Benefits Talk by Leighton Linslade Citizens Advice Bureau - 29 April

An overview of benefits that Carers and the people they care for may be entitled to claim and how to get support with making applications and appealing unfavorable decisions

  • Thursday 29 April 10.00-11.30
  • Hosted by Sharon Rogers & Karren Banfield  
  • This is for All Carers 

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

Coming up

Deaf Awareness Workshop 5 May

Deaf Awareness training for family members

Do you have a family member who has a hearing loss? They may not yet recognise it – but you do?

Deafness and hearing loss can affect the communication within a family. It is something that everyone believes they understand. But the reality is ….. until it affects your family you don’t understand the potential for frustration and misunderstanding.

Normal discussions around a meal table become a real issue for the person with hearing loss. Missing lots of banter, family chatter and plans.

Deafness and hearing loss isolates in a way that is different from other disabilities. You maintain all your mental facilities, but cant hear enough to communicate. This reduces confidence and can lead to serious mental health issues.

But simple understanding and adaptions can make all the difference. Join me for a relaxed and fun hour to gain a better understanding of what you are dealing with and easy ways to make a difference and improve your family communication.

  • Wednesday 5th May 10.30 - 11.30am & 19.00-20.00
  • Hosted by Joanna Steer, J S Training
  • This is for Carers and the people they carer for and former carers

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

Mental Health Awareness Week – The Wellness Wheel 10 May

A presentation on the Wellness Wheel and how to improve your own wellbeing.

  • Monday 10th May 14:00-15:30 & 19.00-20.30
  • Hosted by Caroline Carter (CIB Wellbeing Practitioner)
  • This is for Carers, the person they care for and former carer

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

Mental Health Awareness Week – Wellbeing and Nutrition 11 May

A presentation on the link between nutrition and wellbeing.

  • Tuesday 11th May 19:00-20:30
  • Hosted by Caroline Carter (CIB Wellbeing Practitioner)
  • This is for Carers, the person they care for and former carer

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

Mental Health Awareness Week - Understanding Anxiety 12 May

A presentation on what anxiety is, why we experience anxiety, common symptoms of anxiety and how to manage it.

  • Wednesday 12th May 14:00-15:30 & 19.00-20.30
  • Hosted by Caroline Carter (CIB Wellbeing Practitioner)
  • This is for Carers, the person they care for and former carer

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

Mental Health Awareness Week - Understanding Low Mood and Depression 13 May
  • Thursday 13th May 19:00-20:30
  • Hosted by Caroline Carter (CIB Wellbeing Practitioner)
  • This is for Carers, the person they care for and former carer

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

Mental Health Awareness Week - Understanding Stress 14 May

A presentation on what stress is, how to identify triggers of stress and ways of coping with stress.

  • Friday 14th May 14:00-15:30 & 19.00-20.30
  • Hosted by Caroline Carter (CIB Wellbeing Practitioner)
  • This is for Carers, the person they care for and former carer

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

Carers Forum
The Impact of Physical Exercise - 19 May

Consulting with Carers who have been doing exercises with us during lockdown and asking them how they have benefitted from it and the impact it has had on them.

  • Wednesday 19 May 15.00-16.00
  • Hosted by Jenny Harris, Sharon Roger & Member of the Dementia Team
  • This is for Carers and Former Carers

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

Presentation about how parents support children with SEND in their development and learning - 19 May

Understanding your child through neuroscience: what we all need to know

“Every day in a hundred small ways our children ask, “Do you see me? Do you hear me? Do I matter?” Their behaviour often reflects our response. (L.R. Knost)

In our role as Play Therapists, neuroscience informs much of our work as we use our understanding of the brain to help children make sense of difficult life experiences and move forward. In this 1-hour session, we aim to explain the neuroscience behind the behaviours we all see in our children. Through an exploration of what’s going on in the child’s brain, parents can discover new ways of approaching their child’s behaviour and responding in a way that lets their child know that they do see them, they do hear them, and they do matter.

  • Wednesday 19th May 10.00 - 11.00
  • Every Cloud Play therapists & Sara Albon - Parent Carer Support
  • This is for Parent Carers

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

Helping Your Child to Sleep Better - 26 May

A child-focused presentation on the importance of sleep, it’s link with wellbeing and tips on how to sleep better.

  • Wednesday 26 May 19:00-20:30
  • Hosted by Caroline Carter (CIB Wellbeing Practitioner)
  • This is for Parent Carers

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

Interactive 5 Ways to Wellbeing - 2 June

Interactive workshops where carers learn about and practice ways to promote their own health and wellbeing, by using the 5 Ways to Wellbeing:

Communicate – Lighthearted Conversation

Learn – A few words in a Foreign Language - Misbah

Be Mindful - Caroline

Give – Palma

Self Hand Massage Be Active - Yoga

  • Wednesday 2 June 14.00-16.00
  • Hosted by Jenny Harris, Sharon Rogers & Caroline Carter (CIB Wellbeing Practitioner)
  • This is for Carers and Former Carers

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

Regular Activities

Chair Yoga for carers: Move - Breathe - Relax

  • Wednesday mornings - 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March 7, 14, 21, 28 April, 5, 12,19,26 May, 2, 9, 16, 23 June, 10am - 10:45am
  • with Trish Munro
  • Free on Zoom Sign me up               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

Armchair Yoga for carers

  • Friday afternoons 3 - 3.45pm - 5, 12, 19, 26 March, 2, 16, 23, 30 April, (no session on the 9 April)  7, 14, 21, 28 May, 4, 11, 18, 25 June
  • With Linda Wheatley
  • Free on Zoom 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.
Armchair Exercise to Music

Dick is looking forward to meeting carers for a fun seated exercise session to music. Dick is experienced at delivering these classes which are very popular and hopes you will come along to enjoy a social activity that will improve your wellbeing.

  • Fortnightly on a Monday 8, 22 March, (No session on the 5 April) 19, 26,  April, (No session on the 3 or 31 May) 17 May 14, 28 June,
  • From 2-3pm
  • Hosted by Dick Evans & Jenny Harris
  • Carers, People they care for, Former Carer
  • This is free via Zoom. Sign up and we will send you the link to join us. Sign me up

Art Workshops with Natasha 

Natasha works with artists to educate them about classic and comtemporary art. Whether you are a complete novice or a budding Picasso there will be something for you to enjoy. Her sessions are suitable for all abilities

  • Every Thursday  from 11.00am-12.30pm
  • Here the group look at artwork by an artist and have a go at working in their style. 
  • From  4, 11, 18, 25 March, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 April, 6, 13, 20, 27 May, 10, 17, 24 June (No session on the 3 June)
  • 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! 

Free on Zoom Sign me up

 Choir - singing because we care!

  • Tuesday afternoons at 3.30 pm 
  • The next sessions are:  April, 13, 20, 27, May, 4, 11, 18, 25, June, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 27
  • 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
  • To register click the link: Sign me up
Managing Worries and Uncertainty

During this strange start to 2021 you may have noticed changes in your own wellbeing. You might have experienced feelings of exhaustion, frequent worries about your own or a loved one’s health, increased levels of stress or anxiety, or you may be feeling low, irritable, restless or overwhelmed. Although these feelings may not be nice, in the face of a global pandemic they are completely normal and very common. Join us weekly or every now and again to talk about how to manage these worries and uncertainty as we adjust to the ‘new normal’.

  • Weekly on Wednesday 1-2pm (Starting 7th April)
  • This is for Carers, the person they care for and former carers
  • Hosted by Caroline Carter (CIB Wellbeing Practitioner)

To register click the link. Sign me up

Wellbeing Drop-In

Join us for our weekly drop-in hour with our Wellbeing Practitioner to talk wellbeing and learn tips and strategies to promote positive wellbeing

  • Weekly on Friday 11-12pm -   Starting on the 9th April (No meeting on the 30 April)
  • This is for Carers, the person they care for and former carers
  • Hosted by Caroline Carter (CIB Wellbeing Practitioner)

To register click the link. 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 ParkMeet by the main entrance.

  • On the 1st Wednesday of the month, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June
  • 10am-12pm
  • Hosted by Sharon & Caroline

Houghton Hall Park - Meet by the Cafe

  • On the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 14 April, 12 May, 9 June
  • 1-3pm
  • Hosted by Sharon and Maria

Bedford ParkMeet by the Pavillion Cafe

  • On the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 21 April, 19 May, 16 June
  • 1-3pm
  • Hosted by Jenny and Gerry

Henlow ParkMeet at Henlow Church SG16 6AN

  • On the 4th Wednesday of the month, 28 April, 26 May, 23 June 
  • 11am-1pm
  • Hosted by Nicki and Gerry

Men Only Walking Group - Wrest Park – Meet at Silsoe Church

  • Friday 30 April, 28 May, 25 June
  • 11am - 1pm
  • Hosted by Mick James

To register click the link  Sign me up

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.  5, 19 January, 2, 16 February, 2, 16 March

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. 7, 21 January, 4, 18 February, 4, 18 March.

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. 12th April, 10th May,14th June
  • Tuesdays 7 - 8pm, Hosted by Sharon.  23 March, 27th April, 25th May, 22nd June

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

Caudwell School Parent Carer Support Group

Would you like to network with other parents  and build your confidence and know what organisations are there to support your family.

Zoom Support Group with Jon Clingan, Parent Carer Support Worker

  • 4th Monday of each month - 10.30-11.30am
  • For the 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
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.

Biggleswade The Baptist Church, 24 London Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8EB 12.30-3.30pm

1st Saturday of each month. 5th June, 

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

2nd Saturday of each month, 8 May & 12 June, 

Bedford  Suite D1 Emerald Court Pilgrim Centre MK417PZ 10.00-13.00

3rd Saturday of each month, 17 April, 15 May, 12 June

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

4th Monday of each month, 24 May, 28 June

Leighton Buzzard Whichello's Wharf, The Elms, Stoke Road, Leighton Buzzard  LU7 2TD 13.00-16.00 

3rd Thursday of each month, 15 April, 20 May, 17 June

To book an appointment please Click here

Dementia Services

The dementia services team run regular Zoom groups and events. Please check out the regular groups 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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