Carers Week

We are looking forward to this year’s Carers Week and have a full programme of events across the 7 days. The week’s timetable is full of online events from musical theatre, yoga sessions, BSL taster sessions, performances by members of the World Harmony Orchestra to name a few.

We hope you will be able to join us at one or more of our events.  Have a look through the dates and information below and book your place by emailing us with your full name, date of birth, activity title and date to online@devoncarers.org.uk.

Mile With A Smile

Walk, roll or stroll a mile to collectively achieve the total of 350 miles, which represents the perimeter of Devon. Use the hashtag #MileWithASmile or send us your selfies: online@devoncarers.org.uk

The activities are each colour coded as per the KEY below to help find the activities that most interest you:

Arts, crafts and baking

Music

Mindfulness

Fun and Games

Writing

Dementia

BSL

Time Type Details
9:30am to 12:30pm Face to face Leather craft workshop at The Clay Factory, Ivybridge : join Paul at Ermestone Leather, to make your own handy card/coin wallet, using pattern tracing, cutting, dying and hand-stitching techniques.
10:30am to 12pm Knit ‘n’ natter: a social gathering with other carers, whilst you knit!
2pm to 2:45pm Reiki with Sarah Dowson of The Fern Centre at North Devon District Hospital: some well deserved time for you, to be guided in meditation and have Reiki sent to you.
3.30pm to 4pm Musical theatre songs and swing: Andrew Jeffery sings songs from the musicals we know and love, plus some swing too!
7.30pm to 8pm Yoga: an armchair yoga session to help you relax in the comfort of your own home.
7.45pm to 9.15pm Fun and games: light hearted and non-competitive games to make you smile!
Time Type Details
11am to 11.45am The wonder of wildlife and wellbeing: explore the therapeutic and mental health benefits of wildlife in gardens and plants, whether it is on your window sill or in your garden.
2.30pm to 3.15pm Dementia and the environment: a bite size workshop to help you care for somebody with dementia.
3:30pm to 4pm Yoga: an armchair yoga session to help you relax in the comfort of your own home.
7.30pm to 8.30pm British Sign Language taster session: an introduction to the fascinating world of communication in British Sign Language (BSL).
Time Type Details
10:30am to 11:15am Tai chi: Qigong Shibashi; a gentle and easy set to follow, which is renowned for its ability to positively influence mental,
physical and emotional wellbeing.
11am to 12:30pm Fun and games: light hearted and non-competitive games to make you smile!
1.30pm to 2.20pm Writing from within; improving wellbeing through expressive writing: award winning author of The Tide, Clare Helen Welsh, talks about writing from personal experience and how life’s challenges have inspired her to write about topics including dementia and living with a critical illness, such as cancer.
7.30pm to 8pm Singer from the World Harmony Orchestra: professional singer, Mawgan Stott, sings well known songs from the genre of pop and rock.
Time Type Details
10.30am to 11.15am Reiki with Sarah Dowson of The Fern Centre at North Devon District Hospital: some well deserved time for you, to be guided in meditation and have Reiki sent to you.
10.30am to 12pm Craft workshop: under the wonderful tuition of Lyndsey, create a beautiful piece of craft, made with resources available in your home.
2pm to 2.45pm The wonder of wildlife and wellbeing: explore the therapeutic and mental health benefits of wildlife in gardens and plants, whether it is on your window sill or in your garden.
2.30pm to 3pm Laughter yoga: laugh and smile with some very gentle yoga and breath exercises to re-energise and relax.
7pm to 7.45pm Tai chi: Qigong Shibashi; a gentle and easy set to follow, which is renowned for its ability to positively influence mental,
physical and emotional wellbeing.
Time Type Details
10.30am to 11.20am Writing from within; improving wellbeing through expressive writing: award winning author of The Tide, Clare Helen Welsh, talks about writing from personal experience and how life’s challenges have inspired her to write about topics including dementia and living with a critical illness, such as cancer.
10am to 10.45am Dementia and memory: a bite size workshop to help you care for somebody with dementia.
1.30pm to 4.30pm Face to face Leather craft workshop at The Clay Factory: join Paul at Ermestone Leather to make your own handycard/coin wallet, using pattern tracing, cutting, dying and hand-stitching techniques.
7pm to 7.30pm Musical theatre songs and swing: Andrew Jeffery sings songs from the musicals we know and love, plus some swing too!
Time Type Details
11am to 12pm British Sign Language taster session: an introduction to the fascinating world of communication in British Sign Language (BSL).
2pm to 4.30pm Face to face Forest therapy walk: immerse yourself in nature at Bakers Park in Newton Abbot, for a Forest Therapy Walk.
7pm to 8.30pm Knit ‘n’ natter: a social gathering with other carers, whilst you knit!
Time Type Details
11.30am to 1pm Craft workshop: under the wonderful tuition of Lyndsey, create a beautiful piece of craft, made with resources available in your home.
11am to 11.30am Laughter yoga: laugh and smile with some very gentle yoga and breath exercises to re-energise and relax.
3pm to 3.30pm Singer from the World Harmony Orchestra: professional singer, Mawgan Stott, sings well known songs from the 1960s.

Crafty kindness creations:

An act of kindness; crochet the care emoji and leave it for somebody to find. Help spread the word about unpaid carers. Email us for a copy of a pattern if required then send us your photo of where you leave your care emoji – email online@devoncarers.org.uk

Sharing your baking and making top tips:

Send us your culinary top tips for making your favourite cakes and dishes to online@devoncarers.org.uk – if sending photos, photos not to include people please.

Virtual pet show:

group of pets

Whatever your pet, you are welcome to send in your favourite photo and take part in our FUN pet show! Click here for details of how to take part.

These caring hands made…

Photos of the wonderful art and craft projects carers have made over the past year – send us your contributions!  Send us your photo of your crafts to online@devoncarers.org.uk

A mile with a smile:

Walk, roll or stroll a mile to collectively achieve the total of 350 miles, which represents the perimeter of Devon. Use the hashtag #MileWithASmile or send us your selfies: online@devoncarers.org.uk