Self Care for Carers


Whilst it's not for everyone - for carers unable to easily leave the house it's important to find some time for yourself.  You might like to read, do a puzzle, watch your favourite soap or you can meet up with friends, learn a new skill or travel the world from the comfort of your armchair. 

The Virtual Village Hall is a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home. Sessions are led by expert tutors, Royal Voluntary Service activity coordinators, volunteers and some well-known faces, and require very little space or equipment. You’ll find a wide range of sessions to take part in, like creative arts and crafts, music and singing, cooking and baking, dance and exercise, and technology skills. Join in with live sessions or catch up on demand when suits it you.  

Online Learning

A quick search on Google will come up with a number of Online learning courses.  Here are a couple that we have come across.

Self Care for Carers - this course run by ECC Adult Community Learning is designed for anyone who is in a caring role which includes adults and children who have a short or long-term health condition. The course provides learners with opportunities to find strategies and tips on how to manage their self-care while caring for others.

The WEA run courses throughout Essex, during lockdown they have increased the number of courses they have available online. Click on the the WEA log to access their website.


Take virtual tours of England's top attractions

Visit England have compiled a number of different activities and places to 'visit' online.  To take a look at the whole list click on the Visit England logo:

Here are just a few examples of what you will find:


Pack in some art, history and culture  – learn something new, or admire something old on one of the virtual tours of museums, galleries and heritage attractions, or explore the outdoors without getting your shoes dirty. Some even have interactive elements to get the kids or grandchildren involved!


Hang out with animals on your sofa

From penguins to lions, and giraffes to red pandas, UK zoo webcams let you take a sneak peek into the lives of resident animals.

Stream theatre, events and concerts

Theatres and concert halls still aren't able to open their curtains, but it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on music and riveting theatre while you’re indoors – instead, escape your day-to-day routine (and help keep the arts alive!) by streaming concerts, dance, plays and catchy musicals from your computer, tablet or phone.

Learn something new

Why not learn a new skill or heaps of new knowledge?

Get Creative

A number of artists are putting their work and ideas online.  

  • Jennifer Collier at Unit Twelve Gallery has a page of ideas for free makes using just paper!

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