Rejuvenate – A place for carers to find creativity, ideas and support

Support for Carers living in Herefordshire.

Rejuvenate ! Our story

In October 2016, Maggie and Lisa first bumped into each other at The Courtyard, Hereford at the screening of the film ‘Yarn’. Little did they know that almost a year later they would be launching Rejuvenate ! – a new Creative Carers’ group. Shortly after this meeting, Lisa attended Maggie’s workshop on Twiddlemuffs (textile creations to help people with dementia) and a friendship began.
As Carers, they both understand that creativity in everyday life aids relaxation, reduces stress and improves wellbeing. They just want to get this message across to others Carers, whatever their age or ability. It wasn’t a case of ‘if’ just ‘when’ they would start !
With the backing and help from Josie Rogerson at The Courtyard Theatre and Arts Centre and the assistance and support from Rachel Wilkins at Herefordshire Carers’ support, the seeds were set and the plan was put in place. …..And, oh has it been fun !

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Facebook: @creativecarergroup – follow this page for all the very latest activities and sessions

Latest News

SIL will endeavour to keep this page as up to date as possible but if you are in any doubt please refer to the email address or facebook page.

Rejuvenate! is entering its fifth year.  During the last eighteen months, we have been creatively supporting you online from our newsletter, The Rejuvenation (nineteen and counting) to the incredibly popular Creative Craft packs delivered to your door.  We have tried to sprinkle that in between with announcements of local events/courses/information/activities which may be of interest to you.  The newsletter and craft bags will continue every two months, from October.

As you will see from the attached poster, our monthly sessions will start again in September so please make a note on the calendar.

Thursday, 2 September 2021 ,  10.30 – 12.30, Nell Gwynn Room at The Courtyard

We will start off the session with a short AGM, followed by our guest speaker, Dr Sheila Marsh, a Carer herself and Chair of Herefordshire Dementia Partnership and past chair of Herefordshire Carers Support.

Our new ‘Year Book’ will also be available, (a separate email will be sent out about these shortly) plus a sample of the new individual craft tote bags.  To round off the session, we are handing out a ‘Changing Seasons’ bookmark kit to make on the day or take home to finish.

To enable us to plan refreshments, please reply by email before the 19 August to book your place as numbers may be limited.

We are all looking forward to seeing you safely again after such a long time.

Maggie Sanderson Co-founder of Rejuvenate !

Pain Management course – Gwent

If you live in Gwent and have an underlying chronic condition, then you can sign up to join free, online course in pain management. Please use the form to apply to join the course which starts in July. The course is run by volunteers who have long term conditions. The courses will have a maximum of 7 participants so that each session can be kept to an hour and also keep that relationship throughout the course.

Virtual Course booking form (1) Edited v2

Schooling and Social Care

NEWS RELEASE  Number: 55/20 

11th June 2020                  


Since schools reopened their doors to some children on the 8th June there have been concerns around the safety of individuals to whom care is being delivered by support and care workers.

Services for Independent Living (SIL), the local care provider based in Leominster, would like to reassure all our service users and their families that we support all our key worker employees with dependents who have chosen to send their children to nurseries/schools.

Chief Executive, Euan McPherson said: “Sending their children to school enables our key workers to continue supporting service users.  We have a variety of measures in place to ensure the safety of both employees and service users including detailed risk assessments, provision of PPE where required (including aprons, gloves and masks), additional training and regular communication briefings.  Employees are also aware of the requirement to refrain from work and self-isolate if they, or any of their household, experience any COVID-19 symptoms, or they have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.”

Many of SIL’s key workers have been sending their children to school throughout the lockdown and we would like to state that this has had no impact on the welfare of either our staff or our service users.

If you would like to discuss the above or have any concerns, we welcome your feedback. Please call the senior management team on 07946 720497, or email:


Notes to editors:  Euan McPherson can be contacted for further comment. Direct line: 07432 019404

Since 23 March, in line with the scientific advice, nurseries, schools and colleges have remained open to a priority group of children and young people, children of critical workers and vulnerable children. We have been clear that we would review this arrangement in line with scientific advice. We are now past the peak of the virus and the Prime Minister has set out a recovery strategy, while also ensuring that safety remains our absolute priority. This means it is time to begin the phased return of children and young people to nurseries, schools and colleges in a way that is measured, reduces risks and is guided by science.

 To prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), schools and other settings will use a range of protective measures to create safer environments in which the risk of spreading the virus is substantially reduced. Whilst such changes are likely to look different in each setting, as they will depend upon individual circumstances, they are all designed to minimise risks to children, staff and their families.