Me Time sessions for carers
Our Me Time sessions in Wales are a series of online activities to support your wellbeing. Activities range from practical advice on carers' rights and caring to emotional and physical wellbeing sessions like mindfulness and dance, to creative opportunities like crafting and cooking. Sessions are open for anyone across the UK.
Below you will find details of the sessions available in June. To sign up, click the link and fill out a short Zoom registration form. We look forward to welcoming you to our friendly and supportive sessions!
Monday 5 June: 2-3pm: What caring looks like in Wales
To start Carers Week, join our campaigns officer who will discuss the latest information about caring in Wales from the census and the latest Carers Week research.
Tuesday 6 June: Volunteer and support carers (Drop-In session)
Volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day; it can be hugely rewarding and can positively impact your physical and mental well-being. It can also help to combat stress and provide a sense of purpose.
Come and join Jane Trezise, our Carers Wales Volunteer Officer to discuss the benefits of volunteering and to gain an understanding of the volunteering opportunities at Carers Wales
Tuesday 6 June, 6-7pm: Carers Week 2023 – Work and Employment
Are you an unpaid carer looking to return to work or explore your options for a career change?
Join Careers Wales and Carers Wales on Tuesday 6 June at 6pm to find out your next steps when returning to work or career planning, your options and job preparation.
We know returning to work after a break or planning a career change can be daunting. Let us help you with the first steps.
We will be looking at:
- how the world of work has changed
- your transferrable skills
- how to talk about gaps in your CV
- where to find support for your new career.
Friday 9 June: 12-1pm: Carers Rights
Come and join our Policy Officer Jake Smith who will outline the legal rights that you have as an unpaid carer in Wales from the Social Services & Wellbeing Act and other pieces of UK/Welsh legislation. There will be opportunity for discussion.
Saturday 10 June, 10am: Wellbeing morning - Mind, Body and Mood
This interactive session will offer ideas and techniques to improve your mood by understanding the power of the mind to change the way we feel, the way we move, and the way we behave.
We will cover how basic NLP words and phrases can help or hinder the way we feel and why certain words and thoughts can have a greater effect than others. We will also look at how changing posture and movement can impact our thoughts and ultimately our moods, giving participants a range of ways to feel calmer, stronger, more resilient and more in control again.
Saturday 10 June, 11.30am: Wellbeing morning - Healthy Relationships
Using the basis of Transactional Analysis, this session will provide you with a greater insight into how to build on a healthy relationship, and what gets in the way. These simple techniques can be used when you need to be more confident or assertive, they can be used to diffuse a potential argument and will provide an insight into why we like some people while others can wind us up without even trying! As we recognise different relationships with different people, we are more likely to reach out to those with whom we feel a connection.
The added bonus of this session is that each of us can gain a greater understanding of ourselves.
Wednesday 14 June: 2-3pm - Quilling Art Session
Monday 19 June 12pm-1pm: Mindfulness
Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that teaches you to slow down racing thoughts, let go of negativity, and calm both your mind and body.
Wednesday 21 June - 2pm-3pm: Self-care for carers: finding a healthy balance
Nicole Pruce is a person-centred counsellor who will deliver this session for Carers Wales to discuss how you can provide yourself with some self-care while maintaining your busy caring role and how to find a healthy balance.
Monday 26 June: 1-2.30pm: Carer Representation Training
Do you feel that unpaid carers need to be heard wherever decisions are being made about health and care services? Are you interested in speaking up for carers in your community, your region or even Wales-wide?
At Carers Wales we believe the experiences of unpaid carers need to be heard and understood by policy-makers, service providers, the public and all organisations involved in health and social care in Wales. That’s why we’re offering free online training to unpaid carers on carer voice and influencing.
Thursday 29 June: 1.30 - 3pm: Power of Attorney
Damian Lines TEP is the Managing Partner at Rubin Lewis O’Brien solicitors based in Cwmbran, South Wales. He will be running a session on what you need to know about setting up power of attorney for your loved ones.
This session is being run on Microsoft teams.