Events with Connecting Carers 2021

Join us for training events that are open and free of charge for unpaid Carers in Highland. If you are an unpaid Carer in Highland and have not yet contacted Connecting Carers you can get in touch here https://connectingcarers.org.uk/make-a-referral.aspx
to get involved with Training events and other relevant services. 

Please click on the relevant link below to book your space. Please feel free to contact us if you wish help with booking or joining a session. All sessions are currently offered online. 
You are welcome to book any or all sessions that you wish, and sessions are open and free of charge to unpaid Carers in Highland.

Join us to celebrate Carers Week with a range of events 


Walk 500 with Connecting Carers and Connecting Young Carers during Carers Week, 7th to 13th June 2021.
Join us so we can together walk 500 miles, and maybe 500 more? By walking in your local area, as little or as much as you like, you are connecting with Carers, Young Carers, Staff, Board Members and our other Supporters across Highland and beyond to create a joint walking effort. This raises awareness of unpaid Caring. Walk 500 is also about valuing yourself as an unpaid Carer and taking time for your physical and mental wellbeing by getting moving, getting the blood pumping, getting some fresh air, and noticing your environment while you walk.

Everyone can get involved, sign up herewww.eventbrite.co.uk/e/156368031993

Gentle Yoga with Natalia Maguire

Monday 7th June 10am to 11am

Breathe, Stretch, Release. Natalia can adapt the moves to be done from a chair if you prefer. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/156362557619

Gentle Mindful Movement and Relaxation Meditation with Meg Somerville  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154463862571
This class is based on a series of very gentle slow movements (can be performed seated) to bring awareness into your body, noticing where tension is held  and using techniques to release and relax, followed by half an hour of a deeply relaxing body scan meditation allowing both your body and mind time to rest and relax so you feel rested and nourished by the end of the hour.  Just a little bit of you time.
10th June 10am to 11am
17th June 10am to 11am
24th June 10am to 11am
24th June 7pm to 8pm
1st July 10am to 11am
1st July 7pm to 8pm
8th July 10am to 11am
8th July 7pm to 8pm
15th July 10am to 11am
15th July 7pm to 8pm 
You are welcome to book any or all sessions that you wish. 

Taking Time to Create Beautiful Objects – 6 Quick Crafts with Gael Hillyard
Monday 7th June 2pm to 3.30pm

1. Learn how to draw simple illustrations (using heavy paper, and pen)

2. Create a small leaf press from recycled materials (using cardboard, kitchen roll or newspaper, and elastic bands)

3. Create a mini saddle stitch sketch book (using illustrated paper from # 1, paper, thread, needle and scissors)

4. Collage and decoupage (using selection of cuts out from magazines, paper, glue, scissors)

5. Card making and gift tags (using collage from # 4, card stock, scissors)

6. Upcycle a small box (using collage from # 4, box, glue, scrap paper)

**Materials needed: paper and pen, cardboard (waste), kitchen roll or newspaper, elastic bands, thread, needle, scissors, pictures cut from magazine or newspaper, glue (PVA “school glue” is good, or a glue stick would work, whatever you have.

Book at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/155930204439


Relaxation with Meg Somerville
Tuesday 8th June 2-2.30pm

Give yourself a little bit of you time - you deserve it - half an hour of pure relaxation. Get your bed/couch ready, gather blankets and pillows, turn of your phone, put a do not disturb notice on the door - get ready to relax! Feel rested and nourished at the end of the session. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/155928826317

Being Visible and Valued in the Workplace as a Carer with Jeralyn Mackenzie.

Wednesday 9th June  10.30am to 11.30am
Being visible and valued in the workplace as a Carer with Jeralyn Mackenzie, HR Co-ordinator and also Carers’ Champion at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, a Carer Positive employer.

An opportunity to learn more about how Carers can successfully balance and combine Carer and employment responsibilities.
Book a space here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/156292658549

 

Photo Editing Online Workshop with Eoghan Smith
Wednesday 9th June 2 to 3.30pm

Eoghan Smith, from Eoghan Smith Photography will share top tips on editing photos to improve images and also create interesting pictures whether taken on your mobile phone or another camera.
Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/155524458843

Gentle Mindful Movement and Relaxation Meditation with Meg Somerville 
Thursday 10th June 10am to 11am

This class is based on a series of very gentle slow movements (can be performed seated) to bring awareness into your body, noticing where tension is held and using techniques to release and relax, followed by half an hour of a deeply relaxing body scan meditation allowing both your body and mind time to rest and relax so you feel rested and nourished by the end of the hour. Just a little bit of you time. Book at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154463862571

Walk at UHI Campus, Inverness with Lyndsey and Linda
Thursday 10th June 1pm to 2pm

Join with Lyndsey and Linda and other Carers for an easy paced, socially distanced walk around the UHI Campus. Enjoy the features including the pond, green space,  and bird life - we might spot a graceful swan if we are lucky!
Take an hour for yourself to get a breath of fresh air, stretch the legs, connect with nature and maybe get a wee blether. 
We will confirm the specific meet up place to attendees. 
The walk will be socially distanced, conditions apply, and you should bring your own mask and hand sanitiser, and anything else you need to feel comfortable. If you wish any refreshments please bring your own along. There are good paths around the campus and we will be keeping a fairly easy pace so that everyone can just relax and enjoy the event. 

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/157774193861

Quiz for Carers Week
Thursday 10th June 7pm to 8.30pm

Thursday night Carers quiz night. Come along and play as a team with your family or by yourselves for our 6 round quiz for carers week - no googling allowed! No entry fee, the prize will be some Carers Week merchandise and the pride of knowing you won! Lyndsey is your quiz master. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/156097244059


Valuing Our Mental Wellness with Linda Birnie

Friday 11th June 10am to 11.30am.

Do we take time to value ourselves and look after our own wellbeing? Do we always feel visible and valued? What steps can we take to ensure we value and look after ourselves? Take some time to join with other Carers, gain some top tips to boost self esteem and wellness, plan the steps that will support us on our individual journey of wellness, and take time for some relaxation. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/155941363817

Looking Good, Feeling Visible with Suzanne Struthers
Friday 11th June 4pm to 5pm

Suzanne Struthers, personal stylist shares styling tips for women and men to help us feel great in what we wear. www.suzannesuthers.com

Suzanne helps both ladies and men fine tune their own individual style so that they feel not only fabulous but totally authentic and comfortable.
Book your space: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/156268295679

Relaxation with Meg Somerville

Friday 11th June 7pm to 7.30pm

Give yourself a little bit of you time - you deserve it - half an hour of pure relaxation. Get your bed/couch ready, gather blankets and pillows, turn of your phone, put a do not disturb notice on the door - get ready to relax! Feel rested and nourished at the end of the session.
Book your space here:

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/155928826317


Drawing Trees with Gael Hillyard 
Monday 21st June at 10am to 11.30am 
An online tutorial covering drawing trees using pencil, paint and ink.
Book here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/155649222013



As ever we welcome feedback on training events and further ideas for consideration. Please get in touch if you need help to book on to an event or to get on to Zoom. We do hope you will find something in the programme that will be of benefit to you. 

Contact us on the Carer Support Line: 01463 723560 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Or via events@connectingcarers.org.uk