The courses, events and activities listed on this website are free of charge and provided by VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) and a number of other training providers.

The courses aim to meet the needs of unpaid carers through weekly courses, events and one day seminars with expert speakers and professionals.

If you would like more information about a course or event listed, please contact the course training provider using the details provided to get more information.

For more information about this website please contact VOCAL on 0808 196 6666 or email

Upcoming Events

Illnesses and disabilities

For carers supporting someone who is elderly, has a disability or condition including dementia, MS and Huntington’s.

Time for me

Explore ways to maintain a healthy balance between your caring role and life outside caring.

Getting the right support

Courses about adaptations, equipment and other practical support at home for yourself and the person you care for.

Caring for yourself

Explore ways to manage your own mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Out and about

Get out and enjoy group visits to art galleries, historic buildings and nature walks.

Money and benefits

Find out more about welfare rights, managing household bills and other financial matters.

Planning for the future

Covering a range of topics including preparing for the loss of a loved one and emergency planning.

Practical skills & bodycare

Learn the hands-on skills and knowledge to support someone else’s bodily care including foot and oral care.

Events & Trips

Have the opportunity to go to events and trips with other carers.