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LBU Supporting Carers

Support, Advice and Guidance on Caring Issues

In the UK there are 6.5 million unpaid carers. A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a parent, partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental health issues, substance misuse or disability. Carers help with personal things like getting someone dressed, turning them in their sleep, helping them to the loo, helping them move about or administering their medication. Carers also help with things like shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, filling in forms or managing money.

Leeds Beckett University recognises the importance of supporting colleagues with caring responsibilities, please join the mailing list to receive invitations to upcoming events in 2019 by contacting

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Creative Space offers an opportunity to take time and space to focus your mind on simple creative activities. Try your hand at Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. Perhaps just colouring with crayons is more your thing? Or sketching with pencils? Perhaps words are more your thing? Come and read or try your hand at writing poetry. Lose yourself in a crossword. Whilst these sessions are not formal guided mindfulness sessions, they offer the opportunity to take a few minutes for yourself in focused attention on the creative process and away from the rush and the busy-ness of work or study.

Headingley: 12:00 -13:00, running fortnightly from 11th November in PR122a

City Campus:12:00 -13:00, running fortnightly from 25th October in The Gateway, Leslie Silver Building.

Please contact Chaplain Melvyn Kelly ( for more information.

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Carers Leeds operates the single point of access for all carers in Leeds and offers information, advice and support. You can call the advice line if you need information about your caring situation or someone to talk to.

Carers advice line – 0113 380 4300

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9.00am to 4.30pm

Wed 8.00am to 6.30pm

You can also e-mail the advice line –

Plus Icon Monthly Drop-in sessions

The Equality & Diversity Team will also arrange a bookable monthly drop in session with Carers Leeds for those colleagues wishing to speak to someone face to face. Please email for further information.

Plus Icon Internal Support Resources
  • Occupational Health
  • Dignity and Respect Network
    A network of trained staff available to discuss and support any aspect of behaviour that causes concern. Able to provide comprehensive impartial advice, options and information on our policies and current legislation.
  • Mediation Service
    Informal means of resolving conflict between individuals or groups, providing a platform for a safe, comprehensive discussion between those experiencing conflict.
  • Mindfulness Sessions
    Free mindfulness sessions available to staff and students. If interested in attending please contact
  • The Law Clinic
    Free legal advice is available to colleagues through the Leeds Law School Law Clinic
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