Carers' bulletin - February 2022

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Coventry Carers' bulletin

Welcome to February's Carers' bulletin

Welcome to this jam-packed edition of the February Carers' Bulletin. As you will see there are a lot of activities planned throughout March.  

March is the month when we support Young Carers Action Day - a day to raise awareness of the role and rights of Young Carers. The Young Carers Project has lots planned for the week. There are also some exciting sessions to help older young carers with interview skills and CV writing.  

With all legal restrictions in the community now eased, we know that many carers still are feeling isolated and a sense of fear around returning to normality. If you are feeling worried and alone please know that you are not alone and if you want to speak to someone about your concerns we have dedicated carers' support provided through the Carers Trust Heart of England. The Carers Trust can be contacted on  024 7663 2972 (option 1).  

Young Carers Action Day 16 March - Get involved

Young carers

Young Carers Action Day, celebrated on 16 March 2022, is a nationwide event, which has taken place for the past 6 years and is organised by the Carer’s Trust, aimed at raising awareness of the struggles and importance of young carers across the country. 

There are approximately 6,000 young carers in Coventry, (over 2,750 registered with Coventry Young Carers Service) often being responsible for a family member who is ill, disabled or incapacitated for other reasons. As a consequence, many suffer from issues relating to caring at such a young age, including a damaged social life, isolation and reduced educational progression.

This year the event has been renamed to Young Carers Action Day. Plus, the age range has been extended to cover young carers up to the age of 25 so that young adults can be included in the celebrations too. The theme for Young Carers Action Day this year is “Taking Action on Isolation”.

To celebrate, throughout the week, the Carers Trust Heart of England Young Carers Service will have young carers taking over their social media page, sharing their own stories about the things they do to keep social, ideas about activities to do when they’re bored, and other fun and wacky things to keep everybody entertained.

On Monday 14 March we will be running our 11-17 age group youth club session where there is music, games, fun and laughter. This is a very chilled group where all registered carers within the age group are welcome to join.

On Young Carers Awareness Day, 16 March, we will be taking a group of young carers and young adult carers to see Coventry City play Hull City courtesy of Coventry Building Society. Even though young carers love attending our activities, they also long to be able to do things with their family, so we will also be providing some tickets for families who would like to go as well.

On Thursday 17 March, we will be running our very own twist on the game of Bingo, for young carers aged 5-17 years old. The team YC's way of playing, features challenges and mini games for the participants when certain numbers are called. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

We will also be running an activity for young adult carers aged between 18 and 25 years old during the week at the all-new Boom: Battle Bar in Cathedral Lanes where we will be playing Crazy Golf, Axe Throwing, shuffleboard and VR darts. The date for this is to be confirmed.  Please check the Your Future Facebook Page for updates about this activity and other things that our young adult carers service, Your Future, can offer. . 

All of our activities are FREE for young carers and young adult carers registered with the service. If you are registered and would like to put your name down for the activities mentioned above or our other activities, visit our website  and fill in the activity form and Peighton will be in touch to confirm places.

If you feel you are a young carer aged between 5 and 17 years old or a young adult carer aged between 18 and 25 years old, please visit the respective web pages to complete our referral form to register and one of the team will be in touch with you. Young Carers web pages or young adult carers.

St. Patrick's Day - Carers Trust celebrations

St Patricks day

A St Patrick's Day celebration is being held at the Penny Collard Centre on Thursday 17 March from 14:00pm - 16:00pm. There will be food, music and karaoke. So to join in the fun please email Michael Howard.

Are you aged 16-24 and help to look after a family member with extra support needs?

Are you currently looking for work?

Do you need help putting together a CV or improving your existing one?

Join our team on Tuesday 15 March from 10.30am - 1.00pm at the Penny Collard Centre, Fleet Street, Coventry and we will show you all you need to know.

All participants will receive a free Amazon voucher and lunch and refreshments will be provided!

Message Shireen on 07709 712437 for more information and to book a place

Young Carers / Young Adult Carers - CV writing


Young Carers / Young Adult Carers - interview skills

Interview tips and guidance for Young Adult Carers.

Are you aged 16-24 and help to look after a family member with extra needs?

Applying for jobs but worried about what happens in an interview or you are not sure what to wear or say?

If so, join our team on Tuesday 22 March 10.30am-1.00pm at the Penny Collard Centre, Fleet Street, Coventry and we will help you gain all the skills you need for a successful job interview.

Message Shireen on 07709 712437 for more info and to book a place.


Carers Trust Heart of England Dementia Café

Are you supporting a relative, friend or partner with dementia?

Join our in-person dementia café. A comfortable setting where you and your loved one can chat, relax, play a variety of games, enjoy refreshments and socialise with others in a similar situation.

Carers Trust staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide you with informal information and support.

This group is free to attend and is running on 15 March.

You must have a confirmed place to attend the group; requests to join must be booked, please email Rebecca Waite or call 024 7663 2972 option 1.

Date: Every third Tuesday of the month

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Venue: Bonds Court, Hill Street, Coventry CV1 4AN

CT dementia cafe

Flower arranging course for carers

The Carers Trust is holding flower arranging workshops for carers which started on 24 February!
Join us for a fun and creative floral design class with all materials provided.
Places on these sessions are limited so please book soon if you are interested in getting involved.
To sign up, or for more info - please get in touch:
📧 Email:
☎️ Phone: 024 7663 2972 (option 1)

Flower Arranging

Zumba Zoom sessions

Ever fancied giving Zumba a try? Well now you can, either in person at the Penny Collard Centre or virtually via Zoom. These sessions are available for both carers and their loved ones. They have evening sessions as well as daytime ones and they would love to welcome you!

For further information please contact Rebecca Waite by email or give her a call on 024 7663 2972 option 1.

CT Zumba

Drop-in clinic details

The Carers Trust is offering a drop-in clinic for BAME and LGBTQ+ carers, where you can seek support, advice and have a safe space to talk. 

The next clinic is on 8 March from 9:30am - 13:30pm at the Penny Collard Centre, CV1 3AY. They occur every three weeks on a Tuesday. 

If you would like further information please visit their website, send them an email or give them a call on 024 7663 2972 option 1. They look forward to welcoming you. 

BAME and LGBTQ drop in

Earlsdon Library - Carers' Clinic

A Carers' Clinic will be held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at Earlsdon Library.

The next session is planned for 9 March 2022 at Earlsdon Library.

To book a slot contact:

Carers Trust Heart of England – Groups – March 2022

CT groups mar22

Hope courses

Hope courses 2022

Health and Wellbeing event for local communities

Health & Wellbeing Event

A Health and Wellbeing event has been arranged across Coventry and Warwickshire The event will be held on: Sunday 20 March 2022 at the Coventry Muslim Resource Centre from 10.30am until 2.30pm.

This will be a walk-in event for people/families who want to have a chat with professionals about what they can do to make some changes to improve their own health as well as family members. At the event Dr Abdullah Shehu and Dr Maisun Elftise will talk about importance of looking after your health. Information and services will be available on a range of health issues including;

  • Diabetes Prevention
  • Diabetes Awareness (DESMOND)
  • Cancer screening programme
  • Macmillan cancer support
  • Mental Health support (IAPT)
  • Fasting with Diabetes during Ramadan
  • Respiratory condition management
  • Physical health and being more active
  • Healthy eating and portion control
  • Stopping smoking, chewing tobacco/betel nut
  • Looking after your teeth and gums

Annual health check information sessions for young people with a learning disability

Annual Health Check

These sessions are aimed at parents/carers regarding annual health checks for young people age 14+ who have a learning disability. These information sessions will be delivered by Learning Disability Nurses, Claire and Ruth.

Date 1: 7 March at 10am -12pm

Date 2: 23 March at 1pm – 3pm

Platform: Zoom

Target audience: Parents/carers of young people age 14 – 25 who have a learning disability.  

Content Overview:

  • Who is eligible for a health check – what is a learning disability?
  • Why we do learning disability health checks – relevant legislation, white papers, reports and campaigns 
  • Health inequalities for individuals with learning disabilities
  • Common health needs for individuals with learning disabilities
  • Local uptake and data 
  • What is a learning disabilities annual health check and what to expect during the appointment 
  • How to support someone to prepare for a health check 
  • Reasonable adjustments 
  • Health action plan and hospital passport 
  • What you can do to support someone following their health check 
  • Resources and local LD services

To book a place on either session please contact Claire or Ruth.

Please note the content of the two sessions will be the same so you just need to book on to the one that suits you best. 

Annual Health2

Coventry Libraries in March

Soundtrack of life

Coventry Libraries are excited to have joined the Playlist for Life network and become a Help Point.

Playlist for Life is a music and dementia charity trying to reach as many older people as possible and those living with dementia.  

Libraries and community groups in the West Midlands are helping to help bring the power of personal music to help those living with dementia by setting up a Playlist for Life Help Point.

A Help Point is a place where people can get information about creating and using a personal playlist to help someone living with dementia.

Reading Rooms - Have fun sharing stories

Starting after February Half - term - sessions for 8 -11year olds are being offered to help build confidence through reading, share feelings, deal with worries, start conversations and enjoy meeting new friends. They run for twelve weeks. 

To find out more contact:

Bell Green Library   or call 02476 78 5819 - sessions are every Tuesday from 4pm - 5pm

Aldermoor Library or call 02476 78 8438 - sessions are every Thursday from 4pm - 5pm

Tile Hill Library  or call 02476 78 6785 - sessions are every Saturday 11am - 12pm

FWT - Feeling safe sessions - women only

FWT awareness sessions

FWT are hosting Kairos WWT for a five week programme as part of their Feeling Safe initiative. For more information please visit their website


Women who want to join can contact Joanne Selby direct on 07950 813581 or email her.  

Coventry City Council consultations

Coventry city council

As a local authority we have a couple of live consultations  open at the moment. One is regarding the Draft Transport Strategy and the other is the Pharmacy Needs Assessment Survey.

We would love to hear your thoughts, so to take part please visit the website and share your comments and tell us what you think.


Your Care, Your Way campaign

Your care your way

Do you struggle to get healthcare information in a way the person you care for can understand? Healthwatch and a coalition of user-led charities including  SignHealth, Mencap, RNID, and RNIB has launched the Your Care, Your Way campaign to improve accessible information in health and social care. The NHS Accessible Information Standard has been in place since 2016 but still people don’t get the information in the way they need. Find out how you can take part by visiting their website.  

Art for wellbeing

Do you fancy joining the "Arty Folk" for some of the online sessions. Their activities range from relaxation, learning breathing techniques and calming movements to painting and gardening crafts. They are taking place virtually and are available to anyone. There are specific sessions for Carers looking at gardening crafts in March. 

If you would like further information please visit their website or call either 074 436 436 34 or 024 7641 4740.

Arty folks 1
Arty folks 2

Act on Energy - support and advice

Act on energy

Have you struggled to keep warm this winter?

Are you concerned about what the price cap increase might mean for your family?

At Act on Energy, our expert energy advisers can talk through any worries you might have with the rising energy prices and give you personalised hints and tips on reducing the impact. They can also talk through options on grants for improving the energy efficiency of your home including replacement heating systems and insulation.

For further information and advice please contact Act on Energy on: 0800 988 2881

Sign up or contact us

It’s simple!  Just add your email address in the top right hand corner and click GO!

You can also sign up or view previous bulletins from our Carers' website.

If you have any comments or wish to contribute something to the next bulletin, please let us know by contacting us at