Our sense of wellbeing is often affected by small changes in life and caring can often lead to significant life changes such as having to give up work, loss of social networks, being unable to pursue hobbies and past times and a reduced family income,
or – in the worst cases – financial hardship.
We have developed a range of services that help you to stay connected, enjoy some much-deserved time out and, in difficult times, provide you with more intensive emotional support such as counselling.
Our services include:

Carers Cafes
Carer Cafes across the borough provide social contact with other carers, emotional support, outside speakers and a chance to share experiences, information and ideas.
"It's wonderful to have a chat with a variety of different carers ... It's always interesting to hear of their experiences and gives an opportunity to learn of new ideas or services which might be useful."

Uxbridge Carers Cafe sponsored by IBB Turbervilles
Christ Church, Redford Way, Uxbridge
1st Monday of every month
Parking available or all buses and trains to Uxbridge
Northwood Carers Cafe sponsored by Northwood Lions
Emmanuel Church, High Street, Northwood
2nd Tuesday of every month
Parking available or buses 282, H11
Hayes Carers Cafe
Hayes & Harlington Community Centre, Albert Road, Hayes
Last Thursday of every month
Parking available or buses towards Asda

Forget-Me-Not Cafe sponsored by St Matthew's Church
St Matthew's Church, High Street, Yiewsley
2nd Monday every month
Parking available behind Wilkos or buses 222, U1, U3, U5

Ruislip Carers Cafe sponsored by Ruislip Lions
Methodist Church, Torrington Road, Ruislip Manor
3rd Monday of every month
Parking available or bus 114

Therapeutic Care for Carers

Working in partnership with Harlington Hospice
In addition to the already established Comfort Touch (gentle, seated, over-the-clothes hand, arm and shoulder massage), members can now also choose to have a course of complementary therapy.
All the therapies can be accessed through the weekly Therapeutic Care for Carers sessions.
For more information call Nadia on 01895 811206

Wellbeing Workshops
In a small group setting with Harlington Hospice, you will experience a variety of simple to learn techniques that you can use every day to enhance your coping skills, improve your ability to relax and maintain a better sense of wellbeing in your daily life.
These practices include Tai Chi, Mindfulness, Meditation and Exercise involving the body and mind to help you manage stress,
enhance sleep and finding joy in an alternative way.

These workshops are offered in six sessions and you need to attend all sessions to fully maximise the benefits this course.
Wellbeing Workshop 14
Venue: Ruislip
Dates: Friday 21, 28 June & 5, 12, 19, 26 July
Wellbeing Workshop 15
Venue: Harlington
Dates: Friday 4, 11, 18, 25 October & 1,9 November
Wellbeing Workshop 16
Venue: Uxbridge
Dates: Wednesday 5, 12, 19, 26 February & 4,11 March 2020

Complementary Therapies

All complementary therapies are pleasant and relaxing to receive and can help with reducing anxiety, aiding relaxation, easing aches and pains and improving sleep. The therapies currently on offer:

use of essential oils specifically blended for the effect you
want to achieve. They can be used for emotional and
psychological support, to address a specific problem such
as pain or insomnia or, more usually, a combination of both.
They are usually applied in massage

Massage and Indian Head massage
manipulates muscles and soft tissues and can be particularly
useful in helping to relieve the pain in head, neck and shoulders
associated with stress and anxiety

A specific massage technique usually practised on the soles
of the feet but can also be done on the palms of the hands.
By working on these areas the reflexologist can treat the
whole body. This is a relaxing yet energising treatment and has proven benefit in the treatment of unspecific lower back pain.

For more information call Nadia on 01895 811206

A gentle therapy that works to balance and harmonise
the energy field of a person. The Reiki therapist may lay their hands gently on the body or they may work with their hands
off the body in the energy field. Very relaxing to receive, it
can help to reduce anxiety, improve energy levels, clear the
mind and aid restful sleep.


Working in partnership with H4All Counselling Service
Being a carer is often hard work and stressful, and you probably find that your needs take second place. Counselling is a chance to focus on you and think about what you want.
When you talk to a counsellor you will get the chance to explore your feelings, including your relationship with the person you care for. They can help you find your own solutions and make decisions about your life.
Anything you say to your counsellor is usually confidential, only if you say something that suggests you or someone else maybe at significant risk.
For more information call Nadia on 01895 811206

Talking Therapies

Working in partnership with CNWL Hillingdon Talking Therapies
We know that your caring role can be very rewarding but also can be challenging at times. Managing another person's needs alongside your own can be stressful, especially if you have your own health problems
Our experienced therapists provide weekly sessions offering support, advice and a chance to share your experiences with others around a number of topics:
Adjusting to having health problems - sharing experiences of what it's like to be a carer, to have a health issue yourself and what this means
Relationships and loss - exploring how caring can change your relationships with others, your relationship with yourself and managing these changes
Whose needs come first? - how to make time to look after yourself and your health alongside being a carer
Managing anxiety - understanding and coping with worry and fears about the future
Relaxation and looking after yourself - practising techniques to keep calm, to improve sleep and over all wellbeing.

Talking Therapies Workshops 2019
Hillingdon Carers Centre, 126 High Street, Uxbridge
Tuesdays April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Tuesdays September 3, 10, 17, 24 and October 1

For more information contact Nadia on 01895 811206

Arts for Carers LBH Adult Learning offers hundreds of courses for day, evening or weekend study, with centres around the borough and help for choosing the right course.

Working in partnership with LBH Adult Learning.
Check new courses for carers in the Carers News newsletter
"The 'Arts for Carers' course was a wonderful escape from the stress and pressures of caring. It took me to another place and it was wonderful!"
You could also book one of the many courses that the Adult Learning have in their new brochure.

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Improve your Emotional Health and Wellbeing Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Working in partnership with LBH Adult Learning
Things you can do today to make you feel better tomorrow.
LBH Adult Learning range of free wellbeing courses can help you to help yourself. You can learn something new, meet new people, find ways to de-stress, increase self-esteem and find support on your journey to good
emotional health.