At BDCPS we have recognised the increasing demands on our parent/carers, which have increased in recent years. We are currently in process of setting up a pilot project to offer respite and relaxation which we are calling Parent Carers Matter.

Once all in place, we will run a programme of therapeutic sessions for parent carers with an aim of reducing isolation, improving their health and well-being and increasing their resilience. Our programme will be for different two hour sessions running fortnightly during term time. Sessions will include a combination of reiki, yoga, music therapy, mindfulness and meditation and will aim to give parent carers a small window of complete relaxation to help recharge their batteries and enable them to continue their often challenging caring role. A family support worker will be on hand to facilitate the session and provide refreshments and support for parent carers.

SING FOR WELLBEING

Our first initiative of 2020 was a parent carer BDCPS singing group. We started our own choir, which we even managed to continue during lockdowns, but it is back in person again. We were lucky enough to meet Sophie Garner, a vocal coach from The Voice UK, who is our choir master. We encourage as many of you to join as possible and we promise you don’t need to be able to sing!

When: Monday’s term time only, 12:30 – 2:30pm

Where: Kempston Cutler Hammer Sports & Social Club

Cost: £5

WELLBEING WALKS

Getting outside in the fresh air, no matter what the weather, is so good for the mind and body! Our wellbeing walking group is a popular weekly activity. We meet at a location that has a café and accessible walk and always finish the walk off with a cuppa and chat. It is a lovely way to meet other parent carers, and lift your spirits!

Walks change locations each week so check your emails and social media for this!

When: Tuesday’s term time only, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Where: TBC – changes weekly

Cost: £1 to include a cuppa!

YOGA

BDCPS are now running restorative yoga sessions for parent carers. Restorative yoga is a very restful practice that is suitable for all people, from complete beginners to those with an established yoga practice.

It is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. With a restorative yoga class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures over the course of the class to be able to completely relax and embrace the power of rest. Restorative yoga can be a completely different experience than most other styles of yoga. The benefits are increased relaxation and calming the nervous system which can lead to improved sleep. Research has shown that this style of yoga can improve general well-being and reduced pain.

We will combine restorative yoga with yoga nidra, which is a type of guided meditation that anyone can do to promote a reduction in stress and anxiety. This can help to improve the immune system and restful sleep.

When: Wednesday’s term time only, 1:15 – 2:45pm

Where: Kempston Cutler Hammer Sports & Social Club

Cost: £5

 

KNIT NAT CRAFT CHAT

An online ‘Zoom’ meet up group for parents and carers to join in the comfort of their own homes. We alternate between workshops lead by Hannah, and drop in sessions. Drop in sessions or ‘The Chatty One’ is where you can bring your own activity of choice along and just enjoy a drink and chat with other parent carers.

If there is a workshop, details will be sent of the activity, and you just have to sign up! All materials and teaching will be providing and the cost will vary between £5 & £10 depending on the activity.

When: Fortnightly on Tuesdays at 19:45

Where: Zoom

NEXT WORKSHOP:

When: 3rd May 2022

Where: Zoom – email ann@bdcps.org.uk to receive codes

Activity: Felting cactus led by Hannah

Cost: £5 – BDCPS will provide all the materials

NEXT DROP IN SESSION:

When: 24th May 2022

Time: 7-9pm

Cost: Chatty session – Free of charge

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ART & CRAFT

The art and craft workshops have been hugely popular. We have had painting workshops, floral workshops and other fabulous crafts including wooden houses and Easter wreaths! These are not a regular activity so look out for emails to see what we have coming up and make sure you don’t miss out on booking. If you have any queries about what is coming up next, please email janeh@bdcps.org.uk.

OTHER RELAXATION:

We also include sessions for relaxation. Angie has run relaxation sessions for us, and we have also had sound bath sessions from the wonderful Nathan Sounds and Jolly Beats! We will keep you posted of any upcoming sessions.

Please watch this space for updates on this new programme and when we expect it to start! Any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Nathan (pictured) is one of our workshop providers, giving parent carers the opportunity of relaxation through sounds.