Coventry Carers' Bulletin - November 2021

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Welcome to November's Carers' bulletin

Welcome to November's Carers Bulletin.  November has been a busy month.  On 25 November 2021 we promoted Carers' Rights Day.  Carers Trust Heart of England ran various sessions throughout to support the day and we hosted a session for employers to understand their responsibilities towards carers. 

You might of heard on the news the need for some temporary precautions to be followed.  With the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK a new set of additional precautions are in place as of today (30 November): 

  • From Tuesday 30 November, face coverings will become compulsory on public transport and in shops. Not including hospitality.
  • All international arrivals entering England must take a day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

We hope you enjoy the upcoming festivities in December and have a peaceful, relaxing time, this year hopefully surrounded by family & friends. Stay Safe!! 

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Carers' wreath making workshop

The Carers Trust Heart of England will be hosting a wreath making workshop. A chance to get together, feel some festive spirit and unleash those creative talents. The workshop is free and materials will be provided but you do need to book a place.  

The Session will take place on Monday 13 December - 11.00am-2.00pm at the Penny Collard Centre, CV1 3AY. 

To book a place please email or call 024 7663 2972 Option 1 to book.

Bookings must be confirmed by 8 December 2021.  

Christmas Wreath

Laugh and Chat - new carers drop-in

Carers Drop In - Laugh & Chat

A new drop-in session to discuss health and wellbeing is being held at the Coventry Caribbean Association.  It's a relaxed opportunity to discuss any support you might need in relation to your caring role or your own health and wellbeing or the support with regards to the person you care for. It's also a chance to have a relaxed cup of coffee and share some biscuits. 

The session will run fortnightly and takes place at The Coventry Caribbean Centre, 159 Spon Street, CV1 3BB.  The next session is on Wednesday 1 December 2021 at 11.30am-2.00pm.  For further information please contact Lorna Thompson on 07936 357983 or send her an email


Balancing work and care

Did you know that the Carers Trust supports working carers? They also work with employers to develop their working practices and support for carers in the workplace. The Carers Trust Heart of England have just developed a new Balancing Work and Care brochure, a comprehensive guide for carers in the workplace.  The brochure covers:

  • Yours rights in the workplace
  • Speaking to your employer
  • Looking after yourself 
  • Carers Trust Heart of England. 

Download the Balancing Work and Care brochure

Balancing Work & Care

New Autism Carers Group - Across the Spectrum

A new parents and carers session is starting at the Carers Trust Heart of England via Zoom.  The next session will take place on Friday 10 December - 2.00pm-3.00pm. 

For information, please contact 024 7610 1040 (Ext 312) or email:

Beyond the Spectrum

Young Carers Dance-a-thon!!

YC thank you


On Thursday 18 November, the Carers Trust Heart of England’s Young Carers Team celebrated Children in Need by completing a 7-hour Dance-a-Thon at their base, the Penny Collard Centre.

The adult wellbeing team made special appearances throughout the day to shout words of encouragement and keep the team going and were joined by a group of young carers to help finish the dance-a-thon for the last two hours.

The day was live streamed on the Young Carers Facebook page for the 7-hours, and between them they danced non-stop from 12:00 – 7:00pm. The team would like to give a special shout out to Stacie and Peighton who did not stop dancing all day!

The Dance-a-thon was in aid of Children in Need (who have previously funded young carers activities programme, and currently the Young Adult Carers Service, Your Future) and to also raise some much-needed funds towards their work with young carers. In total they raised £500 on the day which will be split equally. To find out more about the services available for young carers in Coventry, visit 

Without the current funding from Children in Need, the Young Carers Service would not be able to offer support and continue to make a difference to all aspects of a young adult carers life.

Meet the Young Carers Team

Introducing the Young Carers Team

Introducing Shireen.....

Hello Everyone,

The YOUR FUTURE project has been very busy this month, we have successfully helped some young adult carers find apprenticeships and access training with The Princes Trust.

This week we are finalising our YAC professionals’ awareness event to be held on 10th Dec, this will be a great opportunity to encourage partnership working with the other organisations who also support young adults in Coventry. Get in touch if you’d like any information about this event – places are limited!

Look out on our social media for news of an exciting YAC trip, soon to be revealed!

Thanks – Shireen!

Introducing Peighton.....

Hi, my name is Peighton Patel-Tams, and I am the Young Carers Activity Co-Ordinator and Young Carers ‘About me’ Officer at the Young Carers Service. Within my activity role, I plan and run activities for young carers to have some time to themselves, to meet other young carers and have lots of fun.

My other role as Young Carers ‘About me’ Officer sees me working with Young Carers aged 5-17 to undertake Young Carers Needs Assessments (About Me.) These assessments look at how being a young carer affects all aspects of life including education, friendships, family life, hobbies and activities. If you would more information on the About Me assessments, visit our website 

Thanks, Peighton!

Introducing Stacie.....

My name is Stacie Jennings, and I am one of 2 About Me Officers at the Young Carers Service. I work with young carers in Coventry aged 5-17 to undertake Young Carers Needs Assessments (About Me). About Me looks at how being a young carer affects all aspects of life including education, friendships, family life and hobbies and activities. If you would more information on the About Me assessments, visit our website 

Thanks – Stacie!

Introducing Rhupinder....

The Young Carers team have also been successful in receiving short-term funding from the Big Lottery to deliver community-based support and young carer activities. They will be working with local professionals, hubs, and venues and groups to raise awareness and enhance young carer identification, support and delivering community activities within these newly identified links.

If you would be interested in developing a partnership with the young carers service, or would like some more information about this project please contact Rhupinder 

Thanks – Rhupinder!

YC meet the team

Carers Trust Heart of England – Groups – December dates

CT Dec 21 groups

Hope Courses for 2022

Hope Course 2022

New at Coventry Libraries - Virtual reality sessions

Virtual library

Have you visited our new VR Library yet?

Visit your local library and go on one of many incredible free VR & Immersive adventures. There's an experience for everyone, from exploring the Congo to journeying to outer space with Doctor Who. 

Our incredible creative virtual reality and immersive audio sessions is available in Central, Bell Green, Foleshill and Tile Hill Libraries.

To find out more or to book a session, please contact your local library.  

Staying well this winter with Wellbeing for Life

5 ways to wellbeing

To help combat the effects of winter and the impact the pandemic has had, Wellbeing for Life and health and care colleagues across Coventry and Warwickshire have created an interactive life map to encourage residents to think about their wellbeing milestones.

Whatever age you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, it’s normal to need support and guidance from time to time, especially when navigating the challenges life throws at you.

The new life map is a one-stop self-help resource and shows residents how they can use the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, whatever age they are, and wherever they are on life’s journey with helpful signposting tips for support.

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