Forth Valley Sensory Centre

Carers Wellbeing Café is just ‘souper’!

The Carers Wellbeing Café at Forth Valley Sensory Centre is open again and looking for new attendees!

The Wellbeing Café is more than just a lunch club. Meeting each Thursday between 12 midday and 2:30pm, the group is designed to support people who care for someone with a sensory condition or carers who may have hearing or sight loss themselves, yet still care for another person.

Open to people from the Falkirk area, the group is rare in that it allows both carers and cared for people to attend at the same time. Joint activities are laid on, including outings and interesting guest speakers but there is always an important edge to the proceedings.

Topics have included; healthy eating, managing stress and getting a good night’s sleep. These cover the ‘wellbeing’ part of the group name. The ‘Café’ is dealt with by the Centre’s own Café Tiki, who provides a healthy lunch, soup and a sandwich, to attendees, free of charge.

Group Co-Ordinator Brenda Whyte commented: “The Wellbeing Café is now in its second incarnation and feedback remains incredibly positive. Those who have come along have found it very productive and really bonded as a group.

“The real difference has been bringing both cared for people and carers together in the same room. Too often, carers don’t ask for help until they realise they are struggling to cope and solutions don’t always involve the cared for person. By working together, we can not only find ways that work for both parties but improve wellbeing, reduce stress and improve the care that is provided.”

The Wellbeing Café is actively looking for new members and anyone who finds themselves caring for another person who has sensory loss (or has a sensory condition themselves) is encouraged to join.

Upcoming activities include:

10th August    Ten Pin Bowling
17th August    Trip To Bo’ness Steam Railway
24th August    Baking
31st August     Music week

Contact Brenda at the Centre on 01324 590 888, email sensory@forthvalleysensorycentre.org

Tile painting at the Carers Wellbeing Cafe

Tile painting at the Carers Wellbeing Cafe

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