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What's On - Carers groups

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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

6 Week Online Cookery Course - January-March

Steve White will present a course on home cooking. Steve is a self-taught chef who went on to work in the hospitality industry catering for banquettes, weddings and grand prix. Steve will provide easy to follow cooking sessions for men who are learning to cook from scratch.

  •  6 week on line Cookery course, 11am-12.30pm
  • 28 Jan - Shepherd Pie & Veg
  • 4 Feb  - Omelette & Fruit Salad
  • 11 Feb -  Stew/Casserole
  • 18 Feb - Spaghetti Bolognese
  • 25 Feb - Chicken and Mushroom Pie with Chocolate Sponge and custard
  • 4 March - Apple Crumble and Custard, Proper Rice pudding
  • Hosted by Jenny Harris and Steve White
  • This is for Carers young and old

Free on Zoom. Sign up and we will send you the link to join us.  Sign me up

Sign me up

Planning for Emergencies - How to prepare for the Unexpected - 4 March

This workshop looks at how to prepare for the unexpected. It looks at plans you can put in place and resources you can use to ensure that you are prepared in the event of an emergency.

  • Thursday 4 March, 13.00-15.00
  • Hosted by Jenny Harris, Sharon Roger & Caroline Carter
  • This is for Adult Carers

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

Understanding Compassion Talk - 8 March

Our Monday Evening Group in March will be hosting a talk by Amber Freeman from the Bedford Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Team. Her talk, ‘Understanding Compassion’ will include: What is compassion? What can facilitate or inhibit our abilities to receive compassion from others and how can we encourage our soothing systems to increase our feelings of safety? This talk is open to all group members, plus any carers or former carers who are interested in this subject. Group members - no need to 'register' , just come along. Not a group member? – please register for the talk

  • Monday 8 March, 7-8pm
  • Hosted my Amanda Thaxter & Amanda Freeman, Assistant Psychologist, ELFT Crisis 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

Anger Guilt & Self Care Workshop - 9 March

Why do we get so angry at times at those we love the most? Frustration and resentment can build, eventually leading to behaviours which leave us feeling guilt and shame. This workshop will introduce you to strategies which will increase your resilience, building your capacity to care with an open heart for longer through focusing on and building your own self-care and compassion.

  • Tuesday 9th March, 14.00-15.30
  • Hosted by Matthew Aylen
  • This is for Carers and former carers only

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

Lasting Power of Attorney Presentation - 10 March

A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you and your loved ones to take care of you and your finances if you become unable to do so yourself. Come along to this presentation to find out how a lasting power of attorney can support you welfare and how to put one in place

Jodin is an experienced solicitor who will guide you through this process

  • Wednesday 10 March, 11.00am-12.30pm
  • Hosted by Jodin Ghera
  • This is for Carers and the people they care for.

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

A Personal Wartime Story - 12 March

Join Anni as she talks about her dad's story from when war broke out, his time in the Navy, his D-Day Experience, being ship-wrecked and to the end of the war, a fascinating personal insight. Also we would love to hear your own experiences of the war and which we can all reminiscence.

  • Friday 10 March, 10am-12pm
  • Hosted by Anni Berman, Sharon Rogers & Jenny Harris

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

A Talk for Parents Caring for a SEND Child by Yvonne Newbold - 13 March

How to reduce stress with SEND children about screen & internet use

When a SEND child’s behaviour is off-the-scale of extreme, often one of the most common behaviour triggers is internet or screen related, and things can often escalate when a child is asked to move onto doing something else. Maybe your child loves gaming, or perhaps they want to watch YouTubers from dawn until dusk, or it might be that social media or something else completely has caught their full attention. Whatever their passion, many children with additional needs can be very resistant to coming off the internet, which can quickly lead to conflict, extreme behaviour or even violent episodes in some families.

  • Saturday 13 March, 11am
  • Hosted by Yvonne Newbold
  • This is for Parent Carers and Professionals

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

World Sleep Day - 15 March

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

  • Monday 15 March, 16.00-17.30
  • 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

Understanding Low Mood and Depression 16 & 17 March

A presentation on what low mood and depression is, why we may experience low mood, common symptoms and how to manage it.

  • Tuesday 16 March, 14.00-15.30 & Wednesday 17 March, 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

Self Funding Long Term Care & Equity Release Advice - 17 March

Funding long term care in the home or in a residential setting for those who are self-funders, or maybe considering equity release as a means of producing finances in retirement to help with care costs.

  • Wednesday 17 March, 11.00am-12.30pm
  • Hosted by Mark Ireland & Jenny Harris
  • This is for Carers, the people they care for and former carers

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

A Talk for Parents Caring for a SEND Child by Yvonne Newbold - 24 March

Additional needs the teenage years & how to navigate extreme behaviour.

The teenage years are hard for all young people, but particularly so for children with additional needs. This session looks at puberty, mood, risk-taking behaviour, communication, dislike of change, internet safety, teenage withdrawal, and lots of other things, as well as exploring some of the underlying causes for difficulties, and what can be done to counter them. The session will explore school-based issues, puberty related issues, the changing social expectations and the differences in socialisation that affect teenagers. There is a focus on the importance of parents being able to fill the gaps in understanding, particularly around internet safety and sex education, that some children with a learning disability or autism might not otherwise be able to fully comprehend.

  • Wednesday 24 March, 19.30 
  • Hosted by Yvonne Newbold
  • This is for Parent Carers and Professionals

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

Deaf Awareness Workshop - 31 March

Have you ever wondered why the person you care for will not wear their hearing aids? Come and join our workshop to learn more about how people are impacted by loss of hearing and how you can support them to maximize their hearing potential.

  • Wednesday 31 March, 10.30-11.30 & 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

Coming up

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 26 April

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

  • Wed 26th 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

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

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 for Chair Yoga               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, 9, 16, 23, 30 April, 7, 14, 21, 28 May, 4, 11, 18, 25 June
  • With Linda Wheatley
  • 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.
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, 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! 

  • 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 
  • The next 11 sessions are:   January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 23 February, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • 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
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.

All Walking groups have been suspended due to the Covid 19 Lockdown. 

Ampthill ParkMeet by the main entrance.

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

Bedford ParkMeet by the Pavillion Cafe

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

Henlow ParkMeet at Henlow Church SG16 6AN

  • On the 4th Wednesday of the month, 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.  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.  11 January, 8 February, 8 March.
  • 8 March - Amber Freeman from the Bedford Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Team will give a talk on: What is compassion? What can facilitate or inhibit our abilities to receive compassion from others? We can also discuss how we can encourage our soothing systems to increase our feelings of safety.
  • Tuesdays 7 - 8pm; Hosted by Sharon. 26 January, 23 February, 23 March.

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 meeting for parent carers to give you opportunities to get together online from any location

  • Thursday 7.30-8.30pm: 18 February Music Quiz, 18 March General Knowledge Quiz
  • 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.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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

  Wellbeing Sessions are suspended due to the Covid 19 restrictions.

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

1st Saturday of each month.

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

2nd Saturday of each month.

Bedford  Suite D1 Emerald Court Pilgrim Centre MK417PZ 10.00-13.00

3rd Saturday of each month.

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

4th Monday of each month.

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

3rd Thursday of each month.

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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