Social activities and workshops
We run a number of activities, trips and workshops for adult carers throughout the year.
Carers tell us that it is good to meet other carers and share their experiences with people who understand. Many new friendships have developed through our social activities.
B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Crafts) Coffee Morning
Our monthly coffee mornings are a chance to take a break, meet new people and make progress on your latest project.
When? Monthly, 10:00am – 12:00pm, (23rd June, 21st July, 18th August, 15th September)
Where? The Noble Centre, 109a Blagdon Road, KT3 4BD
£FREE – tea, coffee and cake will be provided
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. To celebrate Carers Week, we have a packed diary of workshops and outings:
Tuesday 13th June
Denbies Vineyard Train Tour
Join us for a wonderful outdoor train tour of Denbies Vineyard. This 50-minute tour will take us at a leisurely pace to some of the most beautiful viewing points in the vineyard.
Departing from the KCN office at 10:15am and returning for approximately 1:00pm, £5 (including transport and tour)
Wednesday 14th June
Wellbeing Workshop Special
On Wednesday we will have two workshops with lunch in between; you may join us for all or part of the day (please specify when booking).
Workshop #1: Homeopathy for Sleep
Tired of feeling tired? This workshop will explore natural, homeopathic remedies to improve quality of sleep and tackle sleep issues. You’ll leave with plenty of information and remedies that you can safely try at home.
11:00am – 1:00pm, The Noble Centre, 109a Blagdon Road, KT3 4BD, £FREE
Lunch - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Workshop #2: Carers’ Rights Talk
Do you know your rights? As a carer you have a legal right to receive assessment and support. In this one-hour talk, our own David Still (Adult Carers’ Support Manager) will be discussing carers’ rights, highlighting the support that is available to you, and answering your questions.
2:00pm – 3:00pm, The Noble Centre, 109a Blagdon Road, KT3 4BD, £FREE
Thursday 15th June
A chance to discover your inner Picasso! Join us for a 2-hour ‘shading skills’ art workshop with local artist Lucy McAdam-Freud. Suitable for all abilities.
10:00am – 12:00pm, The United Reformed Church, Eden Street, KT1 1HZ, £5 (including materials and tuition)
Friday 16th June
‘Bring a dish’ Garden Party
We’ll be topping off Carers’ Week this year with a celebratory ‘bring a dish’ lunch at the beautiful Canbury Gardens Pavilion. Come along and share good food with friends. You are very welcome to bring the person you care for; simply let us know when you make your booking.
1:00pm – ~3:00pm – Canbury Gardens Pavillion, Canbury Gardens, Lower Ham Road, KT2 5AW, £FREE – please bring a dish to share
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Craft Club – Lino Printing Tote Bags
Learn to use simple lino printing techniques to create your own bespoke tote bag.
Friday 7th July, 10:00am – 12:00pm, The Noble Centre, 109a Blagdon Road, KT3 4BD, £3 (including materials, tuition and refreshments)
Talk & Draw at the National Gallery
Attention art lovers! Join us for a relaxed talk & draw session at the National Gallery. A specialist member of Gallery staff will help us interpret a painting from the Gallery’s collection by engaging in mindfulness exercises and a basic creative activity (no previous experience required!). We will then enjoy a sandwich lunch at the Gallery – all free of charge.
Friday 7th July, 10:30am – 1:30pm including lunch, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, £FREE
Day Trip to Brighton
Our seaside trip this year will be to Brighton seafront. Whether you fancy shopping in The Lanes, promenading along the pier or fish and chips on the beach - Brighton has it all! You are welcome to bring a +1, just let us know when you book.
Wednesday 19th July, coach departing from New Malden at 10:00am – leaving Brighton at 4:00pm, £5
Craft Club – Pictorial Felting
Learn to create a picture using felt fibres.
Friday 4th August, 10:00am – 12:00pm, The Noble Centre, 109a Blagdon Road, KT3 4BD, £3 (including materials, tuition and refreshments)
Summer at Kew
Come and see the beauty of Kew Botanical Gardens in full bloom. Kew is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site and its collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world.
Thursday 10th August, departing from The Noble Centre at 10:30am, departing from Kew at 3:30pm, £3 (including transport and entry)
Yoga for Beginners
Heard about Yoga but not sure if it’s your thing? This beginners’ workshop is the perfect introduction to this ancient practice. Yoga is a form of exercise that uses postures, movements and breathing to increase strength and flexibility and boost physical and mental wellbeing.
Wednesday 23rd August, 10:30am – 11:30am, The Noble Centre, 109a Blagdon Road, KT3 4BD, £FREE
Craft Club – Fun with Bondaweb Part 1
You’ll be surprised what you can create with Bondaweb and some scrap fabric!
Friday 1st September, 10:00am – 12:00pm, The Noble Centre, 109a Blagdon Road, KT3 4BD, £3 (including materials, tuition and refreshments)
Behind-the-Scenes of The Old Vic Theatre
Explore behind-the-scenes of The Old Vic and discover nearly 200 years of theatrical history. Acting legends from Laurence Olivier to Judi Dench have performed on its stage. Join us as we walk in their footsteps, learn about The Old Vic’s fascinating past and see the theatre in a new light.
Tuesday 12th September, 10:45am – 12:15pm, The Old Vic, Lambeth, SE1 8NB, £5
Dementia Carers – Carer Information and Support Programme
The ‘Carer Information and Support Programme’ is aimed at people who are caring for someone in the early stages of dementia. Trained staff from the Alzheimer’s Society will deliver a series of sessions which will provide you with the opportunity to share your experiences in a friendly and confidential environment, with people who truly understand. The programme will: increase your knowledge about dementia, provide you with practical information on coping with dementia day-to-day and enable you to plan for the person you care for, now and in the future.
Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th September, 10:30am – 1:00pm, followed by lunch, The Noble Centre, 109a Blagdon Road, KT3 4BD, £FREE
If you would like more information on our social activities, contact the Wellbeing and Inclusion Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 3375 8226.