Catch up with others at our drop in cafe or indulge in one of our arts and crafts activities. For the musically inclined you may wish to join our award winning choir.
Art and Crafts
Our Arts and Crafts group have recently applied for and received funding from the D'oyly Cart Charitable Trust and to mark the occasion they have given the group a name "RENFREWSHIRE CRAFTY CARERS"
Every Monday between 11am and 1pm the group meets at the Carers Centre. The arts and crafts group is now led by Joyce McFarlane.
As well as utilising their own craft skills they have been learning about making jewellery, macramé, wire weaving, bead making, wood branding/drawing, packaging, presentation and decorative effects. There are exciting new ideas and skills emerging each week. The group has a natter over tea and coffee while creating items which they hope to sell to fundraise for the Centre at local craft fairs.
During 2016 the group is planning some trips to craft fairs to buy supplies and get some fresh ideas. All carers are welcome to join Crafty Carers. Our Young Carers have been getting involved in arts and crafts too, starting with making Mother's Day cards during an evening group with Joyce.
Download Renfrewshire Carers Brochure
Every Thursday between 10.30am and 1.00pm in the Centre we have a drop – in café.
The café is manned by some of our volunteers who will serve you with a welcome cup of tea or coffee and a cheery smile. They will even sit and have a chat with you.
This is your opportunity to meet and make friends with other carers in a relaxed, informal environment, catch up with what is going on in the centre or just have a relaxing time away from your caring role.
Some carers, having met for the first time in the café, now organise respite for the same time so that they can go on holiday together, others have swapped phone numbers and give each other a call, others organise to meet out with the centre and some just drop in for the wee while to the café to relax and unwind.
Renfrewshire Carers Choir
The award winning Renfrewshire Carers Choir won the Inspiration Award category in 2015
The carers choir started in 2013 as a short project to give carers (carers being the family or friend who are looking after someone at home who is ill or disabled) the opportunity to come together and perform at our AGM. This was so successful that the carers decided to continue and invite new members along.
The choir is now made up of carers from age 18 to 80+ and all carers say that it gives them a sense of community and togetherness, breaks down age barriers between young and older carers. This has a huge contribution in breaking down stigmas and stereotypes. It helps boost confidence levels, build new skills and more importantly, give the carers time to have fun and to socialise – and gives people a life outside of caring. Some carers have also reported health benefits from the choir- improved asthma and reduced stress levels.
"We sing all types of songs from Burns to Snow Patrol"
Kirsty Duncan (choir leader)
The choir practices every week and are led by Kirsty Duncan our choir leader. We sing all types of songs from Burns to Snow Patrol and are now beginning to learn some harmonies so that we can improve our performances. The choir perform at Carers Centre events like our Carers Christmas lunch as well as sing to our local day centres and care home. We also do some raising awareness sessions on behalf of the Carers Centre by singing in shopping Centres and at various information days.
We regularly hold social evenings for Carers in the Centre. It may be that you are feeling a little isolated in your caring role so we have bring your own bottle party nights, sometimes with cocktails, bingo and karaoke. Check the news section for the next night.