- Carers' Network
- Navigating the Maternity Maze
- Managing Maternity/Paternity
- Working Parents' Network
- Fit Backs and Bumps - exercise classes for new mums and mums-to-be
- Mothers sought for parenting study
- Women's Self Defence Workshop
- Essential First Aid
Caring for somebody who is elderly, disabled or ill can be very stressful and demanding. It can sometimes help to talk to others who are in a similar situation. For this reason, the Equality and Diversity Team has established a Carers’ Network bringing together staff who are balancing work with caring for an ill, elderly, or disabled family member, friend or partner. This provides working carers with the opportunity to come together and share experiences.
In 2012 we were joined for two sessions by representatives from The Carers' Support Centre, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. At the first they spoke about the services and support that the charity offers as well as carers' rights and benefits. The second was a workshop called 'Looking After Me', which enabled carers to think about their own health, both mental and physical, in relation to their caring role. Participants were able to discuss the challenge of balancing caring with work and life in general and explored strategies to deal with these issues.
In April 2013 there was a workshop called 'Rights and Resources' which covered topics including: Legislation relating to carers, carers assessments, local and national organisations, benefits and council tax discount.
Feedback from the session:
"I learnt lots from other peoples experience. I knew very little before this and now have a lot of useful information"
"I have discovered so much more information and avenues to explore and feel a lot less overwhelmed by my situation"
These sessions provide an opportunity to take time out to meet up with other working carers and feedback from attendees has been very positive.
If you would like to express your interest in attending any of these events in the future please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Stress Management & Relaxation for Carers
Tuesday 2 July 2013 10.00 - 15.00
Balancing caring with the rest of life can be a stressful business. Learn techniques to promote mental & physical wellbeing. Topics will include:
- Recognising signs of stress
- Problem solving techniques
- The importance of ‘me’ time
- Stress busting activities
- Relaxation techniques
Lunch will be provided.
Places are limited so booking is required. To book a place on this workshop please e-mail email@example.com
There is also a group e-mail list that can be used by all members to discuss issues, ask questions, arrange informal meet-ups etc.
If you would like to sign up to the carers' mailing list please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning a family? Pregnant? On maternity leave? Partner of someone who is? This is for you! An informal event designed to provide you with all the information you require about maternity leave and pay, flexible working, childcare vouchers, pensions etc and a great opportunity to meet other people in the same situation.
The session is divided into two halves, with lunch in the middle. The first half concentrates on what you need to know before and during maternity leave, and the second half focuses on providing useful information for your return from maternity leave.
Lunch is provided and if you prefer you can attend for just one half of the session, including lunch. Partners are welcome - just let us know in advance so that we can cater for the right number of people. If you are already on maternity leave, you are very welcome to bring your baby/babies with you too however, please note that you will be responsible for your child while on University premises.
Unfortunately recent sessions have been cancelled through a lack of people signing up. If you would like to attend please be sure to express your interest in attending this course in the future.
‘Do the Planning maternity leave & Emergency aid for babies and children courses - they are both great.' (feedback from a member of staff)
The law surrounding maternity and paternity leave is fast-changing and complex, with significant implications for employers. This workshop has been designed to provide managers with up-to-date information on all aspects of managing maternity and paternity leave (including individual rights and responsibilities, planning cover arrangements, and agreeing keeping in touch days and reasonable contact). It will also cover issues relating to the subsequent return to work (such as managing requests for flexible working, parental and dependents leave).
Open to all managers, this workshop is of specific relevance to managers of women who are pregnant or taking maternity leave.
Unfortunately recent sessions have been cancelled through a lack of people signing up. If you would like to attend please e-mail email@example.com
The Working Parents' Network enables employees to support each other as they make the transition into parenthood. It also provides an informal setting within which to discuss the various challenges that are presented as children grow up.
The last meeting of the Network was a workshop called 'Divided Selves', where attendees discussed the emotional impact of dividing attention between family and work, such as feelings of guilt, stress and tiredness, and ways to negotiate this by focusing on their successes and the benefits of being a working parent.
This workshop will be running again, as well as other events.
Dates will be publicised in due course.
Feedback on what type of events people would be interested in attending is always welcome.
To express your interest in joining the Network, to provide feedback and/or to sign up to the Work and Family mailing list please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The classes help regain fitness and tone while meeting other mums/mums-to-be. They are led by a female physiotherapist and babies are welcome. Maximum class size: 8.
Location: 'The Space' Studio, Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, Tyndall Ave, Clifton, BS8 1TP
Cost: £56 for the course and postnatal exercise information pack.
To enquire and book call Janet Hough on 0117 331 1139.
A PhD researcher at the University of Exeter is conducting a piece of research on thinking styles in mothers and how this impacts the mother-infant relationship and infant development. The research seeks to better understand the mechanisms underlying the relationship between a mother’s mood, child development and early mother-infant interactions.
This study consists of an online survey that asks mothers to answer some questions about their mood, thinking styles and their infant’s development. Participants will then be asked to complete a similar, shorter questionnaire at 3 time points over the next year, so we can follow your progress!
The online link for this survey is http://exeter.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_4ZyoKWoLJtvAxik
To be eligible to participate respondents must be aged between 18 and 45 and have an infant aged 10 to 14 months.
Prize draws for completed surveys are being run through the autumn and winter to win spa treatments or mothercare gift vouchers!
For more information about the research please contact Michelle Tester who is conducting the study, email: email@example.com telephone number: 07763857149 or 01392 725857
This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to recognise and deal with potentially hazardous situations. The emphasis is on prevention through awareness, as a pre-cursor to adopting a physical strategy.
During the workshop, participants will learn:
why standard responses often prove ineffective
ways to improve their awareness of potentially hazardous situations
how to overcome distraction, harassment and physical techniques used by assailants
valuable self-defence strategies, including posture, language, gestures, the art of deception and low impact physical techniques.
There will also be a chance to ask questions during the workshop.
Future dates for this event will be publicised in due course.
If you would like to attend please express your interest in attending this course in the future
This three-hour course run by St John’s Ambulance is open to all University staff. The knowledge and skills that you learn will enable you to act effectively in an emergency situation.
Future dates for this event will be publicised in due course.
If you would like to attend please be sure to express your interest in attending this course in the future.