Carers Week 2018

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

This Carers Week, we’re coming together to build communities that support the health and wellbeing of carers. Around 6.5 million people in the UK are carers, looking after a parent, partner, child or friend. A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but sometimes carers find it challenging to take care of their own well-being whilst caring. The impact of caring on health and well-being should not be underestimated this Carers week we will be looking to share examples of good practice from supporters of which have helped carers to stay Healthy and Connected.

Find out what Lanarkshire Carers Centre is doing to support carers during carers week below.

Mental Health Monday, 11 June 2018

Laughter Workshop

Join us for a laughter workshop followed by afternoon tea and connect with other carers

When and Where: Monday 11 June 2018, 10am-12pm, Hamilton Library, 102 Cadzow Street, Hamilton ML3 6HH

Laughter workshops involve a person laughing. They simply laugh out loud even if they don't feel like it, at first. People initially make themselves laugh out loud. This is called voluntary laughter. Then after a while, people start to laugh for real and soon everyone is having a great time. As you are laughing, there will also be a series of light exercises. There will be some gentle yoga and other light physical exercises. Therefore, as you are laughing you are also getting a workout. Some of the benefits of Laughter Yoga are:

  • Makes you feel fitter
  • Reduces stress levels
  • Reduces your risk of depression and anxiety
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Make you feel more energetic

But most of all it is Fun! Availability is limited so please book a place in advance.

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Time Out Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Tai Chi Session

Join us for a Tai Chi session followed by a cup of Chinese Tea and a chat

When and Where: Tuesday 12 June 2018, 12pm-2pm, Colzium House, Kilsyth, G65 0PI

Join us for an introductory Tai Chi session hosted by the Health and Wellness Hub, in the beautiful surroundings of Kilsyth Colzium House. This will be followed with a light lunch and chat with fellow carers.

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Airdrie Coffee Morning

Annual Carers Coffee Morning with a visit from the Carers Choir

When and Where: Tuesday 12 June 2018, 10am-12:30pm, St Margaret's Church Hall, Hallcraig Street, Airdrie ML6 6AW

Join us with your friends and family at our annual coffee morning, where you can taste a selection of home baked cakes and biscuits. Sing along with carers choir and meet the team of staff and volunteers from Lanarkshire Carers Centre.

No booking required. Just turn up on the day.

Carers Bingo Night

A subsidised carers evening at Mecca Bingo, Hamilton

When and Where: Tuesday 12 June 2018, 7pm onwards, Mecca Bingo, 17 Douglas Park Lane, Hamilton ML3 0DF

Just £5 for bingo books, 1 drink, slots and table bingo vouchers. Please gamble responsibly.

Our affiliated Network partner, Carers Trust has been working in partnership with The Rank Group Plc, owners of Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos since February 2014 and funds the Rank Cares grants programme for carers across the UK. These grants give carers access to desperately needed breaks, essential equipment to support caring responsibilities and skills and training courses. They can make the challenge of being a carer that little bit easier, help stop people from breaking down under the strain and help carers find ways to cope with caring. Three years into the partnership, the funds raised by the Rank Group have helped over 6,000 carers.

Find out more about the Carers Trust and Rank Group Plc partnership

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Wellness Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Exercise and Healthy Eating (North Lanarkshire)

Exercise Session followed by Healthy Cooking Demonstration by Lanarkshire Community Food and Health Partnership

When and Where: Wednesday 13 June 2018, 1pm-4pm, NCT Centre, 15 Manse Road, Newmains, Wishaw, ML2 9AX

Exercise and Healthy Eating (South Lanarkshire)

Gentle Exercise Session followed by Nutritional and Healthy Living Advice

When and Where: Wednesday 13 June 2018, Bowling Pavilion, 1 Palace Grounds Road, Hamilton ML3 6EF

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Thinking Thursday, 14 June 2018

Mindfulness Session

Join us for a Minfulness Session followed by with tea and a catch up

When and Where: 10:30am-12:30pm, Hamilton Library, 102 Cadzow Street, Hamilton ML3 6HH

De-stress. Feel better. Be happier.

Join Martin Stepek, one of Scotland's foremost Mindfulness teachers, Author, Sunday Herald Mindfulness Columnist & Founder of Ten for Zen to learn about Mindfulness and be inspired to a new Mindful life.

Mindfulness has been practiced around the world for thousands of years and many have felt huge benefits to their health and well-being including reducing stress and anxiety & increasing happiness. There is a large, and ever growing, body of science confirming these benefits.

In this workshop, Martin will give you an introduction to some simple techniques which can deliver all these benefits and more. He will begin to guide you towards changing and improving all areas of your life with Mindfulness, with the ultimate goal of feeling happier, being more relaxed and enjoying life.

Availability is limited so please book a place in advance.

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High Tea in Bellshill

Information session for carers to come along, find out about the support available, have a cuppa and a chat

When and Where: 11.30am-2pm, Bellshill Locality Support Service, 95 Main Street, Bellshill ML4 1AW

Please call 01236 755550 to book a place.

Fun Time Friday, 15 June 2018

Carers Walk

Join us for a walk around Strathclyde Country Park followed by a light lunch

When and Where: Friday 15 June 2018, 10am-12pm, Meet outside Watersports Centre at 10am sharp.

Join us for a leisurely stroll around the scenic surroundings of Strathclyde Park. This will be followed with a light lunch in the Watersports Centre and a chat amongst carers and staff from Lanarkshire Carers Centre.

Please contact us on 01698 428090 to register.

Summer Dance

Friday Night Dance with Cabaret Singer and more

When and Where: 7pm-11pm, St Brides Hall, 31 Coursington Rd, Motherwell ML1 1PP

Tickets cost £10 each. Includes a hot buffet.

How to book: Please visit our Hamilton Centre or Airdrie Base to purchase a ticket. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to reserve your place.