It is important for carers to take care of their own health and wellbeing and to find ways of coping with their role.

Finding time to have a break from caring can be difficult for many carers, but we can help by providing a range of social and wellbeing activities.

 

Health and Wellbeing Activities:

 

Exercises Classes with Kingston Adult Education

We facilitate a variety of classes for carers including, stretch and strengthen, meditation and Zumba for beginners

These classes help to support the physical, mental & emotional wellbeing of carers, as well as allowing them an opportunity to pursue their interests. 

For more details on these classes, visit this page.

 

Social Activities and Wellbeing Workshops

We run a monthly programme of workshops, activities and outings. Once a month, we like to organise a trip; this could be to see a play, visit a museum or even to have afternoon tea. We also run monthly workshops on subjects such as: first aid, mindfulness and stress management. Take a look at our upcoming activities

 

Craft Club

Karen from Yarn and Thistle holds a monthly craft session at the Noble Centre on the first Friday of the month.  Each session runs from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and costs £3, which includes the materials, tea, coffee and biscuits.  Every session is themed so have a look and see what the Craft Club will be making next!

For more information and to book your space, please contact Vanessa on wellbeing@kingstoncarers.org.uk or 020 3559 2824.

 

B.Y.O.C. 'Bring Your Own Craft' Coffee Mornings

If you fancy a natter with your knitting, join us at our 'bring Your Own Craft' on the third Friday of every month, 10:00am - 12:00pm at the Noble Centre. Tea, coffee and cake provided free of charge.

For more information and to book your space, please contact Vanessa on wellbeing@kingstoncarers.org.uk or 020 3559 2824.

 

Complementary therapies

KCN offers a variety of different complementary therapies and beauty treatments at very affordable prices including:

  • Holistic therapies
  • Reflexology
  • Hairdressing 

For more information on the therapies and prices, visit this page

 

Counselling service

KCN also offers free counselling which is provided by trainee counsellors, who are independently supervised.

Counselling is sometimes called a 'talking therapy'.  A counsellor aims to provide you with a safe, independent and confidential space in which you can talk about your concerns, feel listened to, respected, understood and not feel judged.

People of all ages and walks of life seek counselling and find it can help them to cope or to deal with difficult emotions or situations.

Carers may have particular concerns or difficulties associated with their caring role, for example:

  • stress, anxiety or depression
  • loneliness or bereavement
  • feelings of isolation, loss, exhaustion, guilt or resentment
  • conflicting demands and emotions
  • changing relationships or roles

Our counselling team are skilled in working with carers to maintain their health and wellbeing while addressing these difficulties.

Carers may also be eligible for a flexible breaks payment if they are on a low income. This is usually accessed via a Carer's Assessment. Please get in touch if you are interested in learning more about this. 

You might be interested in looking at the RBK Counselling Directory that gives details of the services available in the borough.

 

Have a life outside of caring

As well as our social activities, we can provide guidance on funding available for courses and help carers find volunteering opportunities enabling them to take that first step back into the workplace or looking for work that fits in with caring responsibilities

You can make a one-to-one appointment with our Wellbeing and Inclusion Co-ordinator to discuss your needs, email wellbeing@kingstoncarers.org.uk or call 020 3559 2824 to book.