The Carer Programme addresses the important issue of maintaining carers’ own good health and general well-being, and aims to enable them to fulfil their caring role adequately with free, city-wide educational, recreational and therapeutic courses.
Includes a Befriending Service for carers and the Day Breaks service to give older carers and the person that they care for, the time in which to do activities together.
The Carer Programme is here to support you as a carer. A carer is anyone who, unpaid, looks after a friend or family member who can’t cope alone due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction. Many people don’t recognise themselves as carers, but anyone can become a carer.
We offer free access to weekly drop-in classes throughout the year. The classes run in 8 week blocks. The classes available are Yoga which runs on Mondays from 10:30am - 12:30pm and Relaxation/Qigong which runs on Tuesdays from 10:30am - 12:30pm. All the classes are suitable for beginners, and as well as those with more experience. They are designed to be welcoming, supportive spaces, with a break in the middle for tea and coffee, and the chance to meet other carers and access information, news and our mobile library of books.
The latest blocks of classes for 2020 are as follows:
- Yoga with Rona Nussey
(Currently fully booked but get in touch with the contact details below to join our waiting list)
- Gentle Exercise/Qi Gong with Hazel Moffatt
- Mindfulness for Carers
- Indian Dance Classes
- Lunchtime concerts
1st Monday of every month at 12:30pm. Tickets £6 which includes a soup and sandwich lunch.
Our mobile library of books on topics which may be helpful to carers, is also available to browse and borrow from. Again, please just call Bryony to access it.
Self Directed Support (SDS)...
SDS - a relatively new way of providing social care services designed to give the recipient choice and control over the way services are delivered. If you would like to know more, or are in the process of applying or managing SDS we can offer one-to-one support. Just call Bryony Grisewood on 0131 357 1278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Talks and Trips...
Our series of informative talks offer the chance to find out more about issues which may be of interest and relevance to you as a carer. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits and the chance to chat afterwards too.
Every month we also organise a day trip, which is an opportunity for carers and their cared-for person to have relaxing day out visiting local venues and place of interest. Transport and entry fees are provided.
A full guide to talks and trips in 2019 along with other classes and events taking place at the Eric Liddell Centre is available at https://www.ericliddell.org/services/community-services.
Is there a topic you would like to see covered? Please let Bryony know. Live music / creative activities / library / 1-2-1 help with information also available.
Call Bryony Grisewood on 0131 357 1278 or email email@example.com to book a place in the classes or with enquiries about the library, SDS, the trips and talks or with any other questions. We look forward to meeting you.
Do you have any hobbies, skills or professional knowledge you would like to share with other carers in workshop sessions? Perhaps nutritional advice, singing/music, or creative writing? Some of you have suggested this as an idea, so if you would like to discuss running (with support) any workshops, please call or email Bryony on 0131 357 1278 (Mondays - Thursdays) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.