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Share and Learn online sessions

We're running a series of fun and relaxed online sessions where visiting speakers share tips and skills on a range of topics.

From yoga to singing, and first aid to photography, there's something for everyone. We add new sessions every week so keep an eye on this page for more!

Want to meet other carers? Join our weekly online Care for a Cuppa chats where you can grab a cuppa, take a little break and chat with fellow carers who understand what you’re going through via Zoom.

Carers in Wales can also join our Me Time sessions.


How to sign up

Our Share and Learn events are generally bookable via Zoom. Once you have registered by clicking the "Book here" option of the session you wish to attend, you will be sent a confirmation email with a Zoom "join meeting" link. Please note you may not receive your link straight away. If you have registered during the weekend or during out of office hours, you will receive a confirmation email as soon as possible. You will need to register for each Share and Learn individually.


Session recording

To help more carers enjoy the benefits of Share and Learn, certain sessions will be recorded. Only the speaker/facilitator’s section will be publicly shared. If you do not wish to be recorded, you are welcome to turn off your camera/audio during this part of the session.
 
You can now watch previous Share and Learn sessions here.

Share and Learn - December sessions

Share and Learn with Smart Energy GB – Wednesday 8 December, 3-4pm

Want to learn about incentives for home improvement and energy saving? Join this 60 minute session with a Smart Energy GB and Carers UK expert to navigate topics such as options for making energy efficient improvements to your home and other choices you can make to be more energy efficient. A Q&A will follow. Book here

Weekly Hatha Yoga for physical and mental wellbeing with Sangeeta Bhandari – Wednesdays, 5-6.00pm

In this Yoga session you will be taken through gentle stretches to relieve your physical stress, breathing techniques to promote calmness, yoga poses to improve posture, and periods of meditation for relaxation. Sangeeta is an experienced yoga teacher who has trained for many years in India and taught worldwide. She will guide you through a different themed class each time, enhancing your understanding and experience of the holistic practice of Yoga. Sangeeta‘s practice focuses on a moving meditation with dynamic and static postures, that allow the body, mind, and breath to become one through explorative yoga poses, chanting, pranayama, meditation, and Yoga-Nidra. No previous experience necessary. Booking is limited to 30 participants.

Tips and guidance for carers – Thursday 9 December, 3-4.30pm

Do you have questions about benefits for carers and carer-related queries? Liz and Priya from Carers UK's Helpline Advisory team will be joining us to offer tips and guidance. Their December session will focus on hospital discharge and energy costs, such as Winter Fuel Payments and more. Places will be limited to 25 participants. Book here.

Pilates for Beginners with Emma Marks from Pilates Evolved Tuesday 14 December, 4-5.00pm

The ideal weekly opportunity to focus on your mental and physical wellbeing. These mindful, and restorative classes are geared towards complete beginners with no prior Pilates experience, and will give an in-depth, full introduction to the Pilates method. Emma Marks has been teaching Pilates for over 5 years and loves nothing more than sharing this feel-good movement practice with others. She would like to invite carers to join her for these welcoming sessions, and to enjoy this restorative, yet energising movement system. Booking is limited to 30 participants per session. Book here.

Open Book Creative Writing Wednesday 15 December, 3-4.30pm

Come and join us for a relaxing, informal creative writing class with Fiona and Susan from Open Book. Fiona will facilitate a mindfulness exercise to help unlock the creative flow. Susan will then use a blend of images, verbal prompts and poetry to spark the imagination. We hope you enjoy the session, have some fun and untap some hidden talent! Everyone can write and everyone is welcome.  Booking is limited to 25 participants. Book here.

Beginners Latin Dance session – Friday 17 December, 4-5pm.

Join our Salsa and Bachata session, delivered by Latin Motion, who will be providing an introduction to Latin American dance footwork and body movement. The session will give beginners a solid base of the most commonly used steps and turns and help uplift both your mental and physical wellbeing, along with providing some much-needed social interaction with live teaching, questions and feedback. Book here.


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Care to Dance sessions - December 2021

Carers UK and Step Change Studios are collaborating to deliver a series of online dance classes for carers called 'Care to Dance?’ The project is supported by Arts Council England and forms part of a wider initiative called 'Conversations with Carers'. Join 'Care to Dance?' with a different dance style each week.

Festive Dance with Ellen – Friday 10 December, 3-4.00pm 

Join this festive-themed Care to Dance session with Ellen and the best of the Season's songs to dance and sing-a-long to. All ages and abilities welcome. Festive-wear encouraged! Book here.


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Share and Learn - January sessions

Weekly Hatha Yoga for physical and mental wellbeing with Sangeeta Bhandari – Wednesdays in January

In this Yoga session you will be taken through gentle stretches to relieve your physical stress, breathing techniques to promote calmness, yoga poses to improve posture, and periods of meditation for relaxation. Sangeeta is an experienced yoga teacher who has trained for many years in India and taught worldwide. She will guide you through a different themed class each time, enhancing your understanding and experience of the holistic practice of Yoga. Sangeeta‘s practice focuses on a moving meditation with dynamic and static postures, that allow the body, mind, and breath to become one through explorative yoga poses, chanting, pranayama, meditation, and Yoga-Nidra. No previous experience necessary. Booking is limited to 30 participants.

A Wintry Who Dun It Thursday 6 January, 3-4pm

Join Isa from King’s Garden and see if you can solve the mystery as we take a close look at winter. You wake up one winter morning, draw back the curtains and discover it has snowed. But wait. What’s that? Footprints leading to the scene of a heinous crime; the bins have been raided and litter is strewn across the street. Who was the criminal mastermind and his many accomplices?  Something completely different for grown up children. Snowballs at the ready! Booking is limited to 25 participants. Book here.

Overcoming Setbacks with Barclays Wednesday 12 January, 4-5pm

Do you want to learn more about how to deal with setbacks and how you can take a solution focused approach to facing challenges in the future? Join us for this session with experts from Barclays to find out how best to consider personal barriers and identify techniques to help in challenging situations. You’ll also hear about how learning from experiences can contribute to success and reflect on your support network. A Q&A will follow. Book here.

Art talk on Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Thursday 13 January, 4-5pm

Join us for an insightful art talk about the Austrian painter and carer, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky (1906-96). Marie-Louise cared for her mother Henriette (1882-1978), who was also the subject of many of her most powerful paintings. Frances Carey from the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Trust, and Ines Schlenker the leading researcher on the artist will explore Marie-Louise’s life and work, as well as the connections between caring and artistic expression. A Q&A will follow. Book here.

Orchestra Vitae – Friday 14 January, 4-5pm  

Welcome to Friday Music Live! Orchestra Vitae join us once again to introduce you to some excellent music for your mood and mental health. A perfect way to finish off your week. Book here.


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