Job Club ‘Cares Centre’ Smethwick will operate on the following dates:


Thursday 13th          10:00-12:30


Thursday 3th             10:00-12:30

Thursday 10th           10:00-12:30


Thursday 8th            10:00-12:30

*Thursday 15th         10:00-12:30       (Last session before Christmas break)

First session in 2017

Thursday 5th  January          10:00- 12:30




You can find all the details on our training and skills events and courses below:


Need help with your CV, Job Application Forms or Interview Techniques?

Job Club runs every Thursday, 10am – 12pm at CARES.

For an informal chat or more details, please call Jill at CARES on 0121 558 7003

Card Craft Workshop

FREE and FUN card craft workshop
taking place at the Carers Centre on Tuesday 15th March 2016, 1.30pm – 3.00pm. You can design your own Easter, Birthday or Greetings Card. All materials supplied. Come along and give yourself a break – have a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake and relax in the company of other carers.

To book a place call Jill at CARES on 0121 558 7003 or e-mail

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Calling all budding actors, musicians, singers, dancers and writers!

A new project for 2016, we are looking for carers who would be interested in joining CARES’ Performing Arts Group. Whether singing, dancing, acting or writing is your thing, or if you would like to be involved behind the scenes, then this is for you! No previous experience required, just a willingness to have fun and ‘give it a go’! Click on the link below for more details

Performing Arts Group

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FREE classes – Gentle Exercise and Relaxation

Beat the winter blues! Feel fitter and more relaxed –

Gentle Exercise and Relaxation classes are being held every Friday at Thimblemill Library, Smethwick,1.30pm – 3.00pm. All abilities welcome!

Gentle exercise, relaxation and breathing techniques can help maintain overall good health. The classes are FREE for carers and their family members. Come along and join the fun!

For more details contact Jill at CARES on 0121 558 7003 or e-mail me


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Celebrate this year’s Family Learning Festival

To celebrate Family Learning Fortnight we are holding a special ‘Make and Bake’ for the kids!

(All children must be accompanies by an adult)

We’ll be making some fun and tasty recipes for you to take home and share with the whole family!

There is a small charge of £1.00 per person to cover the cost of ingredient.

The event will take place on FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2015 10.30am – 12.30pm at CARES, 2 Bearwood Road, Smethwick.

To book your place contact Jill on 0121 558 7003 or e-mail:

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Dazzle Creative Writing Course

We are offering a new 6 week course in Creative Writing. No previous experience required!

Why not come and join in a fun, interactive course in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The course starts on Tuesday 6th October 20145 10.30am – 12.30pm at CARES, 2 Bearwood Road, Smethwick.

Be part of it! Contact Jill at CARES on 0121 558 7003 or email:

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Building Resilience to Stress & Disease

A Course that offers a really different approach to good health!

This 8 week course starts on Wednesday 21 October 2015 10.30am – 12.30pm at CARES, 2 Bearwood Road, Smethwick.

The course will offer:

  • Undertanding stress and depression
  • Using breathing techniques to manage emotional states
  • the connection between food and mood
  • recognising and changing unhelpful thoughts

If you would like to try and build a lasting resilience to stress and disease and are interested in focussing on a holistic approach to good health – book your place now! Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Call Jill on 0121 558 7003 or e-mail


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Christmas Cabaret

Fancy a fun night out for all the family?

Come and join us at CARES’ Christmas Cabaret evening!

CARES in partnership with Creative Black Country and Thimblemill Library are holding an evening of entertainment for unpaid family Carers in Sandwell.

There will be singers, dancers and comedy acts.

There will also be entertainment for the children and a special visit from Santa!!

It will take place on:

Thursday 3 December 2015

Thimblemill Library, Smethwick from 4.30pm – 7.30pm

Tickets are £3.00 per adult and

£1.50 for children (to include buffet)

If you would like to come along and join in the fun, you will need to book in advance as places are limited. FREE transport is available on request.

On receipt of payment you will be issued with your ticket/tickets. To book your ticket/tickets please contact: CARES on 0121 558 7003 before Monday 23 November 2015



















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Summer Workshops

Whether you are in need of a little break from your day to day routine or want to enjoy the company of other carers for a couple of hours, CARES Summer Workshops could just fit the bill!

“Dazzle” Creative Writing Workshops

Two Dazzle workshops are on offer :

*Tuesday 18th August, and

* Tuesday 25th August

Both workshops run from 10.30am – 12.30pm at CARES, 2 Bearwood Road, Smethwick. You can attend just one, or both of the workshops. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY ! Just come along and have some relaxing time with other carers.

Make and Bake

Friday 28th August 2015 – 1.00pm – 3.00pm at CARES, 2 Bearwood Road, Smethwick.

Come along and make some delicious scones and cakes! You can either eat them here with a nice cuppa and a chat or take some home for later. (A charge of £2.50p is payable to cover the cost of ingredients)Make & Bake


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Adventures in Bookmaking

Would you like to know how to create your own book?

Come and join our 4 week Bookmaking Project – facilitated by experienced Bookmaker Patricia Crummay and Creative Writer Julie Callcott.

You will get some amazing and unique ideas about how to create your own book and fill the pages with stories, poems or pictures of your choice.

The sessions will take place at: CARES, 2 Bearwood Road, Smethwick at 10.00am – 1.00pm on:

  • Photo of Adverntures in Bookmaking at CARESTuesday 12 May
  • Tuesday 19 May
  • Tuesday 2 June
  • Tuesday 9 June

To book a place call Jill at CARES on 0121 558 7003 or email



You can download the flyer here.

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Indian Head Message Workshop- 22nd April

Photo of an Indian Head Message at CARESWould you like to attend an Indian Head Massage Workshop?

This is your opportunity to find out how to do a simple Indian head massage routine for your friends and family.  Why not bring a friend so they can return the favour and give you a massage too.

What will you learn?

  • Basic Massage Skills
  • Effects and Benefits of Indian Head Massage
  • The Origins of Indian Head Massage

Cost: Free plus refreshments included.

To book your place, call Jill on 0121 558 7003 or e-mail Jill at


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