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Caring for someone with dementia can sometimes mean dealing with behaviour we find challenging, confusing or hard to live with. Perhaps someone has become stubborn, aggressive, confused, has hallucinations or is just very different to before. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who want to understand more about what triggers the behaviours we find challenging and how to lessen them or cope with them better. Weekly Breakdown Delivered by a Specialist Nurse this course explores why some…

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Interested in Architecture? Duration: 5 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who already have an interest in art or curious novices. Weekly Breakdown Participate in a series of guided tours explaining the history and architecture of five churches in Edinburgh. Each tour is followed by tea/coffee and time to share. Week 1: Monday 12th June: St Columba’s 1, Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh. Meeting at VOCAL at 10am. Week 2: Monday 19th June: St Anne’s, 1 Kaimes Rd, Edinburgh EH12 6JR.…

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Keeping physically and mentally healthy is important for all of us but it is not always easy to make a start with or maintain exercise on our own. Maybe with a few buddies it would be easier. Duration: 6 weeks (excluding 17th & 24th July) Who is this course for? Carers who are looking to de-stress, get fitter or to meet other carers. No previous experience is necessary and the tutor will provide support for all fitness levels. Weekly Breakdown…

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This session will explore humour and its importance, or not, within a caring role. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? For anyone who would like the opportunity to discuss their concerns with like minded people. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30 start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax before the conversation starts. The conversation will last around an hour with each carer given an opportunity to talk if they…

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This course provides information about what is dementia, treatments and coping strategies, money matters and decision making as well as support for carers. Duration: 6 weeks Who is this course for? This course is tailored specifically to carers supporting someone with moderate dementia. Weekly Breakdown Week One: Understanding Dementia. Week Two: Medication. Week Three: Accessing Support. Week Four: Money Matters. WEEK FIVE: Changing Relationships. WEEK SIX: Looking After Yourself. What carers will get from this course The course aims to…

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This session will explore humour and its importance, or not, within a caring role. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? For anyone who would like the opportunity to discuss their concerns with like minded people. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30 start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax before the conversation starts. The conversation will last around an hour with each carer given an opportunity to talk if they…

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Do you want to learn more about self-directed support and how it can benefit you and the person you care for? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for Midlothian carers. Weekly Breakdown This session will provide carers with a better understanding of Self-Directed Support and the assessment process. What carers will get from this course A better understanding of self directed support. Learn how to get more choice and control over your support. Understanding of…

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Modern life can be stressful and caring roles particularly so. Many carers can find it difficult to manage stress levels which can have negative effects. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their relationship with stress. Weekly Breakdown This session is designed to help carers to understand stress and its impact, stress triggers, develop techniques to plan for and manage stressful situations. What carers will get from this course Identified…

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This session will explore gifts and talents and how these have or can influence you attitude towards caring. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? For anyone who would like the opportunity to discuss their concerns with like minded people. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30 start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax before the conversation starts. The conversation will last around an hour with each carer given an opportunity…

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Modern life can be stressful and caring roles particularly so. Many carers can find it difficult to manage stress levels which can have negative effects. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their relationship with stress. Weekly Breakdown This session is designed to help carers to understand stress and its impact, stress triggers, develop techniques to plan for and manage stressful situations. What carers will get from this course Identified…

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Gas and electricity is expensive for everyone and often particularly so for carers and people with health difficulties. Many carers are paying more than they need to. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers interested in reducing the amount they pay on fuel bills. Weekly Breakdown Learn how to really understand your fuel statements and bills, learn how to use and trust price comparison sites confidently, receive support to make a change to your provider now and in…

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Caring for someone with a mental health problem can be confusing and frustrating. This course aims to help carers to understand some of the behaviours that can be found challenging. Duration: 2 weeks Who is this course for? Carers of adults with mental health difficulties. This course is not for carers of someone with Dementia. Weekly Breakdown Understanding the behaviour of someone with a mental health difficulty can be confusing. Join other carers to learn more about low mood, delusions,…

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This session will explore image and if first impressions count and the impression being a carer gives to other people. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? For anyone who would like the opportunity to discuss their concerns with like minded people. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30 start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax before the conversation starts. The conversation will last around an hour with each carer given…

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Many carers are supporting someone with has an increased risk of minor injury or accident. We hope not to need to use our first aid skills but if someone needs us we would like to know what to do. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who want to understand what to do in the event of an accident, injury or life threatening incident. Weekly Breakdown The course will teach carers how to respond to a variety of…

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Join other carers for an interesting and relaxing day out. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are in need of a break from caring or who would like the opportunity to meet new people. Weekly Breakdown Visit Dynamic Earth to learn the history of our planet. What carers will get from this course A fun and relaxing day out with other carers.

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Gas and electricity is expensive for everyone and often particularly so for carers and people with health difficulties. Many carers are paying more than they need to. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers interested in reducing the amount they pay on fuel bills. Weekly Breakdown Learn how to really understand your fuel statements and bills, learn how to use and trust price comparison sites confidently, receive support to make a change to your provider now and in…

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Opportunity to meet with other carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this coffee morning for? Midlothian carers. Weekly Breakdown Enjoy a cuppa and blether with other carers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. What carers will get from this coffee morning Opportunity to meet other carers.

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It can be hard to help someone with dementia to engage in conversation and activities. This workshop supports carers to develop techniques to make this easier. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers supporting someone with dementia. Weekly Breakdown A workshop to designed to support carers to learn tips and techniques to engage someone in activities using poetry, stories and photos. What carers will get from this course Practical skills to enable carers to interact with someone with…

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Modern life can be stressful and caring roles particularly so. Many carers can find it difficult to manage stress levels which can have negative effects. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their relationship with stress. Weekly Breakdown This session is designed to help carers to understand stress and its impact, stress triggers, develop techniques to plan for and manage stressful situations. What carers will get from this course Identified…

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Learning about support and services and how to access them can be a sharp learning curve for lots of carers. Duration: 2 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who are supporting someone who would benefit from additional support Weekly Breakdown Week one What support is possible and how do we go about accessing it. Week two How is support provided and what is self directed support. What carers will get from this course What support is available from the…

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It can be hard to know who can provide carers or the people they care for with appropriate support. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This session is ideal for carers at the beginning of their caring journey or thinking about accessing support for the first time. Weekly Breakdown We will look at how can health and social care support carers and people with health problems to live well in their own homes. What carers will get from…

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It can be challenging when we have been caring for someone at home to adjust to caring in different way when someone moves into a care home. This course looks at home we can continue to provide support and maintain relationships and build a different kind of life. Duration: 6 weeks Who is this course for? Carers supporting someone who is living in a care home. Weekly Breakdown Over the six sessions we will explore how our role and lives…

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The way that services are being provided and arranged is changing as Self Directed Support is being introduced carers and the people they support will be offered the option to arrange their own packages of care. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are supporting someone who receives a package of care/services to help them live them at home and carers who would like to access a package of care. Weekly Breakdown What is self directed support?…

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Modern life can be stressful and caring roles particularly so. Many carers can find it difficult to manage stress levels which can have negative effects. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their relationship with stress. Weekly Breakdown This session is designed to help carers to understand stress and its impact, stress triggers, develop techniques to plan for and manage stressful situations. What carers will get from this course Identified…

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Would you like to feel less stressed? Are you interested in finding out more about how to get the best out of other people and conversations? Do you want to make changes to your situation? Do you want more time for yourself? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this course is for you. Duration: 6 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on their lifestyle and have tools to help them…

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Would you like to feel less stressed? Are you interested in finding out more about how to get the best out of other people and conversations? Do you want to make changes to your situation? Do you want more time for yourself? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this course is for you. Duration: 2 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on their lifestyle and have tools to help them…

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Becoming a carer can be a sharp learning curve for many of us. We can find ourselves in the position where we want/need to learn about lots of new things. This training day helps carers answer some of their key questions. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This day is ideal for carers at the beginning of their caring journey or thinking about accessing support for the first time. Weekly Breakdown VOCAL Services – more about what we…

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Keeping physically and mentally healthy is important for all of us but it is not always easy to make a start with or maintain exercise on our own. Maybe with a few buddies it would be easier. Duration: 6 weeks Who is this course for? Carers of any age or fitness level who would like to go to the gym. Weekly Breakdown Each week the group will meet at the gym and be supported to get to know the equipment…

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Modern life can be stressful and caring roles particularly so. Many carers can find it difficult to manage stress levels which can have negative effects. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their relationship with stress. Weekly Breakdown This session is designed to help carers to understand stress and its impact, stress triggers, develop techniques to plan for and manage stressful situations. What carers will get from this course Identified…

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Opportunity to meet with other carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this coffee morning for? Midlothian carers. Weekly Breakdown Enjoy a cuppa and blether with other carers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. What carers will get from this coffee morning Opportunity to meet other carers.

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This session will explore gifts and talents and how these have or can influence you attitude towards caring. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? For anyone who would like the opportunity to discuss their concerns with like minded people. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30 start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax before the conversation starts. The conversation will last around an hour with each carer given an opportunity…

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This short course is designed to support and inform family members and friends considering helping someone to move to a care or nursing home. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is tailored specifically to carers supporting someone who may move to long term care. Weekly Breakdown It can be very hard to know when it is the right time for someone to move to a care home. This session explores different issues that might influence you…

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Feelings of guilt can be difficult for us to understand and manage. Carers often report feeling high levels of guilt which are hard for them to process. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to think about guilt, the impact of guilt and the role it plays in our actions. Weekly Breakdown Many carers tell us they feel guilty about the care they provide, leaving the person they care for at home, having fun, going…

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Every year carers and the people they support miss out on millions of pounds as they do not understand what their entitlements are. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are not currently accessing any welfare benefits or carers who have recently had a change of circumstances. Weekly Breakdown This session will introduce carers to the world of welfare benefits and help them to understand their entitlements and those of the people they support. We will look at…

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Illness and disability can be expensive and many carers find that it is harder to make ends meet or that their money does not go as far now they are in a caring role. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Midlothian carers who want to check they are receiving all they are entitled to. Weekly Breakdown Learn more about Welfare Rights and check that you and the person you support are receiving all your entitlements. What carers will…

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Caring for someone with dementia can sometimes mean dealing with behaviour we find challenging, confusing or hard to live with. Perhaps someone has become stubborn, aggressive, confused, has hallucinations or is just very different to before. Duration: 2 weeks (7th & 21st September missing the 14th) Who is this course for? Carers who want to understand more about what triggers the behaviours we find challenging and how to lessen them or cope with them better. Weekly Breakdown Delivered by a…

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Do you need to get your voice heard? Do you attend meetings about your caring role? Do you want to make changes? Duration: 2 weeks Who is this course for? Midlothian carers who would like to improve their communication skills and confidence in communicating with others. Weekly Breakdown Being a carer can mean we need to talk to others (professionals and family) about our needs and wishes and those of the people we support. Self advocacy and communication courses will…

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Join other carers for an interesting and relaxing day out. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are in need of a break from caring or who would like the opportunity to meet new people. Weekly Breakdown Visit Dynamic Earth to learn the history of our planet. What carers will get from this course A fun and relaxing day out with other carers.

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Caring can lead to having a reduced income at times when life gets more expensive. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to look at their own spending or that of the person they support and make savings. Weekly Breakdown A chance to learn about discounts and money saving tips as well as household budgeting. What carers will get from this course Advice on budgeting. Money saving tips. Information about discounts.

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Try a new type of exercise called SH’BAM- a perfect class for all levels of fitness. Duration: 4 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who enjoy a bit of light exercise, getting time to look after themselves and meeting other carers. Weekly Breakdown Each week the group will attend the SH’BAM class. Absolutely anyone of any age or fitness level can SH’BAM. Your instructor will guide you through a series of simple yet sassy dance moves, all set to…

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Illness and disability can be expensive and many carers find that it is harder to make ends meet or that their money does not go as far now they are in a caring role. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who want to check they are receiving all they are entitled to and look at how they could make their money go further. Weekly Breakdown This session will introduce carers to the world of welfare benefits and help…

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Universal Credit is being introduced as part of the new welfare reform. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Midlothian carers who want to check they are receiving all they are entitled to. Weekly Breakdown Come along and learn and understand more about Universal Credit and what this may mean for you and the person you support. (Suitable for carers aged 16-65 or caring for someone aged 16-65). What carers will get from this course Introduction to Universal Credit.…

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Join other carers for an interesting and relaxing day out. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are in need of a break from caring or who would like the opportunity to meet new people. Weekly Breakdown Step back in time with a visit to one of Scotland’s treasures with a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle. What carers will get from this course A fun and relaxing day out with other carers.

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This course is designed for parents of children with additional support needs focuses on this important transition and has sessions about services and assessments, education and employment options, money matters and decision making. Duration: 5 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who support a child/young adult with additional support needs who will leave school in the next couple of years. Weekly Breakdown Week 1 - How will the days be spent? This session explores how a young person with…

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Gas and electricity is expensive for everyone and often particularly so for carers and people with health difficulties. Many carers are paying more than they need to. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers interested in reducing the amount they pay on fuel bills. Weekly Breakdown Learn how to really understand your fuel statements and bills, learn how to use and trust price comparison sites confidently, receive support to make a change to your provider now and in…

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A practical session delivered by an Enforcement Officer from Trading Standards to take carers through the many forms of scams, what to look out for and how to report them. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are worried about being scammed. What carers will get from his course Practical information and advice on scams.

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Specifically designed to meet the needs of carers of people with M.S. The course covers a range of relevant topics including treatment, moving and handling and complimentary therapies. Duration: 6 weeks Who is this course for? Carers supporting someone who has MS. Weekly Breakdown Week 1 - Caring for someone with M.S.—Symptom Management This session provides practical advice on symptom management and how to make day to day tasks easier for both the person with M.S. and their carer. Week…

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Gas and electricity is expensive for everyone and often particularly so for carers and people with health difficulties. Many carers are paying more than they need to. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers interested in reducing the amount they pay on fuel bills. Weekly Breakdown Learn how to really understand your fuel statements and bills, learn how to use and trust price comparison sites confidently, receive support to make a change to your provider now and in…

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Come along and find out more about paying for long term care. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Midlothian carers. Weekly Breakdown Who pays for what when someone moves to a care home or nursing home? Learn what happens to property, savings and income. What carers will get from this course Information on paying for long term care.

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Opportunity to meet with other carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this coffee morning for? Midlothian carers. Weekly Breakdown Enjoy a cuppa and blether with other carers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. What carers will get from this coffee morning Opportunity to meet other carers.

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Keeping physically and mentally healthy is important for all of us but it is not always easy to make a start with or maintain exercise on our own. Maybe with a few buddies it would be easier. Duration: 6 weeks Who is this course for? Carers of any age or fitness level who would like to go to the gym. Weekly Breakdown Each week the group will meet at the gym and be supported to get to know the equipment…

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Many carers help the person they support with money matters on a daily or occasional basis. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are supporting someone who would needs support to manage tasks like paying bills or applying for welfare benefits. Weekly Breakdown Information on Powers of Attorney and Guardianship as well as an opportunity to think about Estate Planning through Wills and Trusts. What carers will get from this course The opportunity to reflect on how…

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Losing a loved one is difficult but it is a reality that many carers, family members and friends, will eventually face. Whether death is expected or sudden there will be lots to deal with. This short course helps carers to prepare for some of the decisions and arrangements they will have to make. Carers attending the course will build a personalised file to refer to when someone dies. Duration: 4 weeks Who is this course for? This course is open…

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This session will explore carers’ health and the opportunities to find balance within a caring role. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? For anyone who would like the opportunity to discuss their concerns with like minded people. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30 start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax before the conversation starts. The conversation will last around an hour with each carer given an opportunity to talk…

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Do you need to get your voice heard? Do you attend meetings about your caring role? Do you want to make changes? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to improve their communication skills and confidence in communication. Weekly Breakdown Being a carer can mean we need to talk to others (professionals and family) about our needs and wishes and those of the people we support. Self advocacy and communication courses will build on confidence…

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Modern life can be stressful and caring roles particularly so. Many carers can find it difficult to manage stress levels which can have negative effects. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their relationship with stress. Weekly Breakdown This session is designed to help carers to understand stress and its impact, stress triggers, develop techniques to plan for and manage stressful situations. What carers will get from this course Identified…

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Many carers help the person they care for with money matters on a daily or occasional basis. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Midlothian carers who are supporting someone who would need support to manage tasks like paying bills or applying for welfare benefits. Weekly Breakdown How will money and financial issues be managed when we are no longer able to do it? Information on Power of Attorney, Guardianship and as well as opportunity to think about estate…

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Would you like to feel less stressed? Are you interested in finding out more about how to get the best out of other people and conversations? Do you want to make changes to your situation? Do you want more time for yourself? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this course is for you. Duration: 2 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on their lifestyle and have tools to help them…

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It can be hard to help someone with dementia to engage in conversation and activities. This workshop supports carers to develop techniques to make this easier. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers supporting someone with dementia. Weekly Breakdown A workshop to designed to support carers to learn tips and techniques to engage someone in activities using poetry, stories and photos. What carers will get from this course Practical skills to enable carers to interact with someone with…

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This event is now fully booked. To put your name on the waiting list or to find out about similar future days out please email gpanesar@vocal.org.uk or call Gurjit on 0131 622 6666. Join other carers for an interesting and relaxing day out. Who is this course for? Carers who are in need of a break from caring or who would like the opportunity to meet new people. Weekly Breakdown A guided tour of Holyrood Palace and a chance to…

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Explore an exciting approach to de-cluttering your house and working towards a more organised you. Understand the relationship between your home and your wellbeing. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on and possibly change how they save and store their belongings. Weekly Breakdown Theory, tools and techniques to look at your home and possessions and to explore how you interact with them. What carers will get from this course Ideas and techniques…

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A system of exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness. Duration: 6 weeks Who is this course for? For carers who want to improve fitness, strength or to improve mental health. This course is appropriate for carers with no previous experience of seated exercise or for those who have tried it before. Weekly Breakdown Weekly sessions led by an experienced tutor allow carers to work at their own pace and build their strength and…

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Caring can lead to having a reduced income at times when life gets more expensive. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Midlothian carers who would like to look at their own spending or that of the person they support and see if/how they can make savings. Weekly Breakdown Join an advisor from Money Advice Scotland to learn about how to make household savings. Learn about a wide range of price comparison websites, discounts and how to make your…

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Caring can lead to having a reduced income at times when life gets more expensive. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Midlothian carers who want to make savings. Weekly Breakdown A session to explore how carers can make their money go further, looking at discounts and savings for carers and the people they support. What carers will get from this course Information and advice on budgeting. Money saving tips. Information on available discounts.

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It can be hard to know who can provide carers or the people they care for with appropriate support. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This session is ideal for carers at the beginning of their caring journey or thinking about accessing support for the first time. Weekly Breakdown We will look at how can health and social care support carers and people with health problems to live well in their own homes. What carers will get from…

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Do you often find yourself misunderstood by someone with whom you are communicating with? Words that Change Minds is based on the Language and Behaviour Profile (LAB Profile); an easy to learn tool which illustrates how each person is unique. The LAB Profile will enable you to understand and predict from someone's language in everyday conversation, how they will behave in a given situation. Duration: 2 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who would like to be able to…

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Do you want to learn more about self directed support and how it can benefit you and the person you care for? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for Midlothian carers. Weekly Breakdown This session will provide carers with a better understanding of Self Directed Support and the assessment process. What carers will get from this course A better understanding of Self Directed Support. Learn how to get more choice and control over your support.…

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Becoming a carer can be a sharp learning curve for many of us. We can find ourselves in the position where we want/need to learn about lots of new things. This training day helps carers answer some of their key questions. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This day is ideal for carers at the beginning of their caring journey or thinking about accessing support for the first time. Weekly Breakdown VOCAL Services – more about what we…

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Many carers talk to us about the fact that many of their relationships have changed since they began caring. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to think about their relationships with the person they care for, family and friends. Weekly Breakdown Caring can impact on all our relationships; perhaps how we interact with the person we are supporting has changed, or there are changes in the way we spend time with family and friends.…

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