Online Learning / Events in Luton

Carers Central is a free service provided by The Disability Resource Centre funded by Luton Council in partnership with NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group.

The Disability Resource Centre is a registered charity no. 1041712.

16th November 2021

Carers Rights Day – 25th November

Carers Rights Day in Luton

2021 Carers Right Day in The Mall, Luton – The Public Health team from Luton Council will be joined by Carers Central to provide information about carers rights and the range of support that’s available to carers in Luton. Come along to the Ask Me Point, located in Central Square in The Mall, Luton on Thursday 25th November from 10am to 2.30pm.

The Carers Central team will also be at Luton Central Library on Carers Right Day for a drop-in on Thursday 25th November 2021, from 1pm to 4:30pm. You don’t need to book an appointment for this session on the ground floor in the Well and Wise room at Luton Central Library. The main aim of the event is to launch the new Luton Carers’ Handbook which can be downloaded on the Carers Central websiteThe team will be available to help provide carers with a better understanding of all the services and support that’s available to carers in Luton. For more information please contact Levi Habashanti or Sally Glancy at [email protected] or call 0300 303 0201.

Seasonal events

There are several Christmas fairs and markets taking place this month around the Luton area: The Woburn Sands Christmas Fayre, Stopsley Christmas MarketHarpenden Christmas Carnival.

A free Christmas light display and walkabout entertainers at the Grove House Gardens in Dunstable on Wednesday 24 November.

The annual Dunstable Christmas carols torchlight procession is back on Friday 26 November.

Lighting up Luton for Christmas will return to Luton town centre this year on Saturday 27 November.

And on December 9 Rett UK are organising an online meeting for carers of people with Rett syndrome. Book your place on their website.

We are always updating this newsletter with the latest events (online and in-person) that carers are sharing and recommending to us. Please email us if you would like to promote your event that carers in Luton would be interested in attending.

Free training and exercise classes for carers

Free care skills training for unpaid carers and PAs: The Care Academy is a popular place for unpaid carers and PAs to study vital care skills. Since 2017 the Care Academy has helped many hundreds of people improve their care skills and raise the level of service they provide. Many of the training modules support those required to achieve the Care Certificate standards. See The Disability Resource Centre website for full details.

The Disability Resource Centre is also running free online exercise and Yoga classes for residents of Luton and Bedfordshire. Either join live classes by online video or watch recorded videos at a time to suit you. See their website for details and dates of the live and 100% free exercise and Yoga classes. They are also organising free wellbeing and care skills training for carers and disabled people. See their training page for links to all the available free training workshops and courses.

See Carers Central at your local library

We are at Leagrave library tomorrow, 17th November

Carers Central are now offering face to face advice sessions every third Wednesday of the month between 9.30am to 12 noon from 17th November at Leagrave library. Sally will be available to offer support and advice to unpaid carers in Luton. This is a drop-in session and no appointment is necessary. Come along to Leagrave library, Marsh Rd, Luton LU3 2NL.

We are at Luton Central Library 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month

Carers Central are now offering face to face advice sessions every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday between 1pm to 4.30pm. Levi will be available to offer support and advice to unpaid carers in Luton. This is a drop-in session and no appointment is necessary. Come along to the Well and Wise room (positioned to the right of the entrance) at Luton Central Library, St Georges Square, Luton, LU1 2NG.

Carers Central weekly online coffee morning

We run an online coffee morning every Monday for anyone who is an unpaid carer living in Luton.

If you would like to attend please login to the
Carers Central online meeting room
anytime on the day between 10.30am and 12pm or call Levi or Sally on 0300 303 0201 who can help you to access the service.

This is for all unpaid carers in the area. You don’t have to live with the person you are caring for and they can even live in another town.

Covid-19 booster jabs for unpaid carers…

We’ve compiled three useful links with full details of COVID-19 booster jabs:

– Read all about the booster jabs for unpaid carers at the Carers Trust website

– Luton Council has this handy page of FAQs about booster jabs

See the NHS website page where you can book your booster vaccines

Support into Employment

The Disability Resource Centre and Carers Central offers free support to help carers into employment.
We can offer you free support in CV writing, interview techniques, IT skills and help with your wellbeing.

Read all about this free programme

Contact us today to speak to a member of our friendly team.

Free flu jabs for carers

Flu can be easily spread (even if you are not showing symptoms) to those around you who are vulnerable and for whom you have caring responsibilities.

If you are in receipt of a carer’s allowance or are the main carer of an older or disabled person you are eligible for the free flu vaccination.

Ask your pharmacist or GP about flu jabs or see the NHS website for full details.

Watch Dr Sarah

Watch the video from Dr Sarah Whiteman who is the GP lead for flu across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. She talks about why it’s so important for carers to get a flu jab…

Your feedback matters

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Improving your wellbeing

There are lots of ways to improve your overall wellbeing as a carer.

Carers Central has compiled some information on local organisations and support groups that can help.

See our page of useful links, videos, apps and more for improving your wellbeing as a carer.

Our Facebook group for unpaid carers in Luton is growing

It’s a valuable place to ask and answer questions for unpaid carers in Luton.

We post plenty of practical information with links, videos, news and more.

Carers Central is a free service provided by The Disability Resource Centre funded by Luton Council in partnership with NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group.

The Disability Resource Centre is a registered charity no. 1041712.

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e-learning

Care for the Family Online Events

For up to date events, click on the link below.

https://careforthefamily.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/r/E284876405FDDBBE2540EF23F30FEDED/873BB39E85091A992AC9BA282D6B00F2

Free School Inclusive Dance sessions

Funded by Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation

Para Dance UK is the national governing body for Para Dance Sport in the UK. Our aim is to develop and promote dance as a sport and an inclusive leisure activity across the country for those who would otherwise be excluded

.We are super excited to announce we have received some funding to be able to offer 10 schools in Bedfordshire and North Hertfordshire free inclusive dance sessions from September 2021 for a period of 10 weeks. The sessions will provide creative and inclusive online dance activity for children with physical or learning disabilities and/or special educational needs. Our sessions are fully inclusive and everyone is welcome.

The benefits of dance are enormous; dance is a great way to keep fit, improve health issues, develop confidence, and improve stamina and breathing capacity, providing a healthy body and mind. But most of all, dance is FUN!!

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you would like for us to send you a FREE inclusive dance session so you can have a taster as to what an inclusive dance session is, then please do let us know. In addition to this, we are also able to offer part funded places on our Inclusive Dance Training programme which will provide staff useful key tools, to enhance professional development. The idea is that once the 10 FREE sessions have been delivered by undertaking our IDT programme, the chosen staff member will then be able to continue the sessions long into the future as part of your weekly timetable.

To access this opportunity you do not need to be a trained dancer – you just need the passion to make a difference. In addition to this, once you have become an affiliated Para Dance instructor you may potentially earn additional income outside your own work hours. If sessions come up in your area we may ask you to take these sessions, where appropriate, and of course, if the staff member would like this.

If your school would be interested in this fantastic opportunity or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sign up today!!

Email [email protected] to make sure you guarantee your space. Let’s get dancing!!

https://paradance.org.uk/

Contact – for families with disabled children

Contact are running various online events. Please click on the “Family workshops and events” header below.

If you wish to contact them, click on the “W” logo.

Adult Skills Workshop

Autism Bedfordshire Events

Please click on the link below to find out what upcoming events are going on: https://www.autismbedfordshire.net/upcoming-events/

SWAN UK

SWAN UK (syndromes without a name) is the only dedicated support network available for families of children and young adults with undiagnosed genetic conditions in the UK. It is run by the charity Genetic Alliance UK.

Please click on the link to find out their latest news and events: https://www.undiagnosed.org.uk/news-events/