Carers' Bulletin - November 2019

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Welcome to November's bulletin

The festive season is upon us, but we also know that Christmas can be a difficult time of year when you're caring for someone. Public spaces become a lot more frantic and a sense of isolation can feel more profound this time of year. This month's bulletin focuses on what's going on within the city in the build up to Christmas, to make sure that everyone is able to stay connected over the festive period. 

Carers Trust Heart of England - Christmas Lunch

Christmas is fast approaching and the Carers Trust Heart of England are holding a festive lunch for carers at Henley College, Coventry on Tuesday 10 December at 12 noon until 2pm.

Enjoy a celebration meal with other carers and catch up with new and old friends! This hopes to be a really enjoyable event and all carers are welcome to join in.

For further information and to book a place, please call Carers Trust on 024 7663 2972.

Carers Trust Heart of England

Milan Carers Support Group - Diwali Celebration

The Milan Carers Group host an annual Diwali Celebration. The celebration has been slightly delayed this year and will now be taking place in December. 

The event will be hosted on Friday 13 December at 10.30am-2.00pm at the United Reformed Church (next to Age Uk office), 10 Warwick Row Coventry, CV1 1EX

This is a popular event so you do need to book to attend by calling 024 7663 2972 Option 1 and asking for Varsha Thakrar.

Milan Diwali Celebration

The Cook Together Eat Together Project

The Cook Together Eat Together project is delivered in Coventry by Groundwork West Midlands. The project aims to tackle social isolation and healthy living in those aged 55+ by bringing people together at weekly cooking clubs. Each club is for 2 hours a week and last for 6 weeks. Each week participant will cook a range of different recipes and then sit down together and eat the meal.

For more information please visit or call 0800 464 0699.

Cook and Eat Well

Does your child or young person have special educational needs?

SEND Information, Advice and Support Service host a regular coffee morning for parents and carers looking after a child or young adults (aged between 0-25) who have special educational needs. The next session is on Thursday 5 December 2019, the meeting is held at Central Library in there main meeting room. No need to book just turn up. 


Do you care for an adult with autism?

The Carers Trust Heart of England host a monthly group for carers of adults with a diagnosis of autism. 

This may be your opportunity, as a carer, to talk with other carers and to share your knowledge and experiences.  Come along and join an informal and supportive environment.

The next session is planned for Friday 20 December and all sessions are held at the Penny Collard Centre, Fleet Street, (City Centre). 

For more information, please contact Sue Murray on 024 7663 2972.

Festive fun for all the family!

Christmas can be such a busy time of year, but finding time to get involved in festive activities, like the local pantomime, can be great fun for all the family.

Two of Coventry’s local theatres are holding relaxed performances of their pantomimes again this year. By making subtle changes to the lighting and sound effects, a more relaxed performance style is created, which may benefit a wide range of audience members, including people with dementia and autism. Hence, the open and welcoming environment that these performances offer can enable the whole family to feel included in the festive experience.

The Snow Queen at The Albany Theatre – the relaxed performance is on 12 December at 1pm. Please contact the box office on 024 7699 8964 between 10:30am and 1:30pm to find out more and to book tickets.

Puss in Boots at Belgrade Theatre – the relaxed performance is on the 9 January at 10:30am. Tickets can be booked online, in person or by calling the box office after 10:30am on 024 7655 3055.

If you would like any dementia-related support please telephone Coventry Alzheimer’s Society office on 024 7665 2602 or email us on

Puss in Boots / Snow Queen

Living Well with Dementia - Regular Cafes & Groups

Sharing Memories – a chance to chat and enjoy memory evoking pictures and items. Join the group at Central Library on the 1st Wednesday of the month 2pm–3pm or at Bell Green Library on the 3rd Friday of the month 11am–noon.

Cannon Park Memory Café – offers friendship, support and sometimes music and song to people with memory problems. It takes place on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 10.30am–12:00pm in The Lounge, St Joseph’s Church, Cannon Park. Just drop in or contact Westwood Church Office on 024 7669 5026 10am-12pm Mon-Thurs for more details.

Arts Gymnasium ‘Living Well’ Sessions at Belgrade Theatre are fun, weekly sessions aiming to promote positive well-being through imagination and movement. This group is open to people with memory difficulties and/or early stage dementia. No previous experience needed. Refreshments will be provided. For more information and to book a place, please contact Click Spring on 024 7684 6741 or

Singing for the Brain®- Alzheimer’s Society– enjoy singing together on the 1st and 2nd Mondays of the month 10:30am–12pm at Queens Road Baptist Church. Simply drop in or ring 024 7665 2602 for more information.

Shamrock Club (Coventry Irish Society) –is a culturally sensitive group for people experiencing memory loss from the Irish community. It runs every Wednesday from 12pm–2:30pm at Christ the King Church. Please contact 024 7625 6629 for more information.

Singing by Heart – a dementia friendly singing group based at The Salvation Army, Upper Well Street. The group runs on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, drinks available from 1:45 and the session is from 2pm–2:45pm.

Dementia friendly service – A dementia-friendly service is held from 1:30pm–3:00pm on the 4th Monday of the month at St Mary Magdalen Church (the Church with the blue roof) on the corner of Hearsall Lane and St Thomas White’s Road. For more information ring 024 7667 2976 or 024 7705 0501.

Sing your Heart Out – A dementia inclusive singing group at West Orchard Church, Baginton Road, CV3 6FP.The group runs on the 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 1:30pm-3pm. For more information contact Hugh Maccallum on 024 7641 9927

(Always contact beforehand to check that groups are still running or any changes)

Living Well with Dementia

What's going on in Coventry Libraries?

Central Library is delighted to be hosting a book talk with Tim Burgess on Wednesday 4 December at 7pm

As part of the Get It Loud in Libraries programme, Tim will be sharing stories and promoting his latest book 'One, two, another'. 

Burgess’ latest work is a collection of annotated lyrics that sees the singer explain his song writing process. ‘One, Two, Another’ features lyrics for unreleased songs as well as classic hits such as ‘One To Another’, ‘The Only One I Know’ and ‘Love Is The Key’. The event will include an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book.

Tickets for the event are £5 and are available from and

Christmas Craft Fair at Central Library Saturday 7 December 10.30 am – 3.00 pm

Come along to our Craft Fayre at Central Library - just in time for buying all those Christmas presents!

Coventry Libraries Service will be celebrating the bicentenary of George Eliot’s birth with displays and a selection of her books from December 2019 until March 2021, starting off at Central Library. 


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