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Share and Learn online sessions

We're running a series of fun and relaxed online sessions where visiting speakers share tips and skills on a range of topics.

From yoga to singing, and first aid to photography, there's something for everyone. We add new sessions every week so keep an eye on this page for more!

Want to meet other carers? Join our weekly online Care for a Cuppa chats where you can grab a cuppa, take a little break and chat with fellow carers who understand what you’re going through via Zoom.

Our nation-specific sessions

Carers in Wales can join our MeTime sessions run by Carers Wales.

Carers Scotland hosts Share and Learn sessions for carers in Scotland.


How to sign up

Our Share and Learn events are generally bookable via Zoom. Once you have registered by clicking the "Book here" option of the session you wish to attend, you will be sent a confirmation email with a Zoom "join meeting" link. Please note you may not receive your link straight away. If you have registered during the weekend or during out of office hours, you will receive a confirmation email as soon as possible. You will need to register for each Share and Learn individually.


Session recording

To help more carers enjoy the benefits of Share and Learn, certain sessions will be recorded. Only the speaker/facilitator’s section will be publicly shared. If you do not wish to be recorded, you are welcome to turn off your camera/audio during this part of the session.
 
You can now watch previous Share and Learn sessions here.

Share and Learn - December sessions

Tai Chi session with Sandra Shaw – Tuesday 6 December, 3-4pm 

Join our Tai Chi session with Sandra Shaw who is a Clinical Exercise Specialist having trained and worked within all the London teaching hospitals within cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Sandra has now developed a specialist exercise service to help older adults with chronic health conditions and poor balance within Wandsworth.  She will be showing us simple movements designed to improve mobility, balance and a general sense of well-being. Book now.

Photography workshop – Thursday 8 December, 11-12.30pm 

Join professional photographer Becky Mursell for a fun filled photography workshop. In this session we will explore using available light creatively and how to express different moods and concepts with your camera. Unleash your creativity and learn some new skills to help take your photography to the next level. No prior knowledge, experience or fancy equipment needed, only access to a phone/camera, notepad and just a willingness to get stuck in! Registrations limited to 25 participants on a first come first serve basis. Book now.

Silver Swans adult ballet class for beginners – Friday 9 December, 2.30-3.30pm

An initiative of the Royal Academy of Dance, Silver Swans are ballet classes specially designed for the over 55s (but all ages are welcome). Following research into dance practice for older learners, gentle Silver Swans classes can help to improve mobility, posture, co-ordination and energy levels. Whether you’re new to ballet or returning after many years, join Johanna for a gentle class suitable for beginners (so no pirouettes or leaps!) You’ll be introduced to the basics of a traditional classical ballet barre, centre and learn repertoire from a famous ballet. Johanna is an experienced Silver Swans licensee and regularly teaches over 60 Silver Swans in online Zoom classes each week. Book here.

Working in a Workstyle: A Revolution in Inclusion at Work – Tuesday 13 December, 3-4pm 

There are many people who are excluded from work by the prevailing 9-to-5, 5-day-a-week structure, and many carers count themselves in that number. Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst, the authors of bestseller ‘Workstyle: A Revolution in Wellbeing, Productivity and Society’ join us for this Share and Learn to talk about their new book and the far-reaching implications working in an autonomous, individualised way can have and why now after the pandemic it’s more important than ever that we don’t return to traditional ways of working but instead redefine work to be fit for the digital era we live in. Following an initial talk including a summary of the book and their research findings, Lizzie and Alex will answer questions about the book and the concept of individualised work. Book here.   

Celebrating cultural and ethnic diversity and inclusion - Thursday 15 December, 3-4pm 

Join us for a special session to celebrate cultural and ethnic diversity and inclusion. This session will be led by Judeline Nicholas who has 30 years' experience of working with organisations to help them embed and champion equity, diversity and inclusion. There will be opportunities to share and discuss any experiences or questions you have, and we will also consider some of the specific challenges faced by a range of ethnic and cultural groups. Everyone is welcome but we would particularly like to encourage carers from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background to join the session. Book here.

Orchestra Vitae festive special – Tuesday 20 December, 1-2pm

Join us to get into the festive spirit with Orchestra Vitae who will be once again introducing some excellent music for your mood and mental health, this time bringing some additional seasonal cheer! Orchestra Vitae is a London-based ensemble whose ambition is to bring classical music to as wide a range of people as possible, especially those who might find it difficult to attend concerts in person. From classical to contemporary pieces, enjoy music that will both relax, inspire and get you in the seasonal spirit. Book here.


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Fully booked sessions

Festive clay decorations workshop with Hobbycraft – Friday 16 December, 2-3.30pm  

Join us for a fun and creative festive craft workshop run by Artisans from Hobbycraft! In this session you can learn how to make beautiful seasonal ornaments using air drying clay. This is a great way to spruce up your tree or craft handmade decorations to gift to friends and family. No prior craft experience is required and you’ll be sent a craft kit in the post containing all the equipment... all you need is something you can use as a rolling pin and just a willingness to get stuck in! Registration is limited to 20 participants on a first come first serve basis. As spaces are limited and we will be sending out equipment to your home addresses, please only register for this session if you are sure you will be able to attend. This session is now fully booked.


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