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Are you a parent/carer living within Midlothian local authority who wants to: Meet other parents and carers? Explore opportunities around support? Improve your knowledge of your rights? Increase your confidence to ask for the support you need? Find out about practical information, resources and who to ask for help? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Midlothian parents/carers of children with disability or additional support needs. Weekly Breakdown This workshop will be facilitated by Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living…

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Many carers are juggling the responsibilities of both work and caring. It can be hard to manage this complex situation if you are not aware of your rights. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are working and caring. Weekly Breakdown Led by an Employment Specialist Advisor this seminar helps carers to understand their rights including the right to request flexible working. As well as information about sources of support. What carers will get from this course…

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This course addresses carers concerns about what would happen in an emergency situation and provide space and resources for practical action planning. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for anyone caring for someone with concerns about what would happen in an emergency situation. Weekly Breakdown The tutor will lead the group through a series of exercises to help them reflect on their situation, possible challenges and solutions and create a personal emergency plan. What carers…

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Would you like to learn more about alcohol, safe levels of consumption and think about alternative ways to relax, gain confidence or socialise? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on their own relationships with alcohol. Weekly Breakdown Learn more about safe alcohol consumption, short and long term effects of alcohol consumption. Also an opportunity to reflect on personal alcohol consumption. What carers will get from this course An increased understanding of safe…

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Thinking about part-time or full-time work after or during caring can be daunting. However many carers and former carers successfully gain and maintain employment every year. Duration: 2 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who are thinking about employment either now or in the future. Weekly Breakdown Over two sessions led by employment, recruitment and HR specialists we will look at transferable skills, CV and application writing, interview skills and how to find job opportunities. Course participants will also…

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Dynamic Earth is the only visitors centre in the UK dedicated to telling the life story of Planet Earth. Expect cutting edge technology and state of the art interactive displays before being transported hundreds of millions of years back to the very beginning of time. You will fly across glaciers, feel the Earth move beneath your feet and experience the chill of polar ice – all this before embarking on a 4ADVENTURE across the globe before you crash land in…

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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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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 key questions. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This day is ideal for carers who are supporting someone who has recently been diagnosed with dementia.  Weekly Breakdown This one day event will provide information about dementia diagnosis, treatment, what you may…

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A hands on session for parents of children with additional needs to explore pathways to movement and games to stimulate the mind and body. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Parents of children with additional needs who would like to learn more about play. Weekly Breakdown We will look at movement and see how through patterning and imagination we can break down activities to make them more accessible to children with additional needs. What carers will get from…

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This course helps carers to understand the role of an anticipatory care plan, who to share it with and what to include in it. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for anyone caring for someone with concerns about how to express their or the person they support’s wishes of medical treatment and care. Weekly Breakdown The tutor will lead the group through a series of exercises to help them reflect on their situation and write…

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VOCAL have been gifted complimentary tickets for the Edinburgh Art Fair 23rd to 25th November 2018 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. Explore the longest running modern and Contemporary Art Fair in Scotland; established in 2005 EAF brings together up to 60 galleries showcasing the latest works by their represented artists. The EAF provides a platform for galleries to show and sell work from their represented artists with prices ranging from £100. Sign up online for your complimentary tickets via VOCAL.…

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Edinburgh, My City – millions of tourists flock to Edinburgh every year to visit the city we live and care in. Do you think of ‘Edinburgh’ as your home? 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 2pm for a 2.30pm start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax before the conversation starts. The conversation will…

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Opportunity to meet with other carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this coffee morning for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown Come along 10-11am and enjoy a cuppa and blether with other carers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. From 11am-12noon, learn more about Carers (Scotland) Act and carers rights and entitlements. What carers will get from this coffee morning Opportunity to meet other carers. Learning opportunity.

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Peer support – there is lots of research to suggest that carers benefit from coming together for peer support, sharing stories, experiences and ideas with people who have a similar experience is considered positive and useful for carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30am start. This will allow carers to get a coffee…

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Peer support – there is lots of research to suggest that carers benefit from coming together for peer support, sharing stories, experiences and ideas with people who have a similar experience is considered positive and useful for carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30am start. This will allow carers to get a coffee…

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This course helps carers to understand the role of an anticipatory care plan, who to share it with and what to include in it. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for anyone caring for someone with concerns about how to express their or the person they support’s wishes of medical treatment and care. Weekly Breakdown The tutor will lead the group through a series of exercises to help them reflect on their situation and write…

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Explore more of the great outdoors and landscape at Newhailes Estate with Ranger Emily. Enjoy some warmth around an open fire and eat some hot treats whilst you learn how to make winter garlands from materials gathered in the grounds. Duration: 1 week Who is this trip for? This trip is for a carer and companion. Weekly Breakdown 11.00am - Meet at Newhailes Estate – (The Stone Archway) 11.00am - Fire, Food and Winter Garland making 1pm - Picnic/Coffee in…

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Everyone feels a little angry or frustrated at times and carers are no exception. This course helps us understand the role of anger and how to manage our experiences of it. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who at times feel angry or frustrated. Weekly Breakdown We will look at some myths and facts about anger, learn how to identify your own anger warning signs and triggers and explore how to develop healthy and positive ways to…

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Volunteering can be a great way to get ready for work, to get respite from caring, to meet new people and make connections. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are thinking about volunteering or employment either now or in the future. Weekly Breakdown Learn about the volunteering opportunities available at VOCAL and other ways and places to volunteer. What carers will get from this course. An opportunity to learn more about volunteering. A chance to meet…

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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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A good night’s sleep is important for everyone but can be challenging for children with additional needs. This information session helps parents to understand what can facilitate a good night’s sleep for children with additional needs. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Parents of children with additional needs who would like support around sleep. Weekly Breakdown Join us for a workshop looking at how to support a child with additional needs to develop good sleep routines. What carers…

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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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Christmas can be a fun time but it can also be challenging for many people. There are often a lot of commitments, expense and social gatherings. A caring role can make a difference to how we view and experience the festive season. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who want to reflect on how Christmas has changed for them. Weekly Breakdown Christmas is often promoted as a time for family and a time for happiness and a…

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Christmas can be a fun time but it can also be challenging for many people. There are often a lot of commitments, expense and social gatherings. A caring role can make a difference to how we view and experience the festive season. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who want to reflect on how Christmas has changed for them. Weekly Breakdown Christmas is often promoted as a time for family and a time for happiness and a…

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Do you help someone make decisions about their money and lifestyle? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers of adults who are supporting someone who struggles with decision making perhaps due to learning disability, brain injury, stroke or dementia. Weekly Breakdown A session to look at formal methods of supporting someone who is unable to or has difficulty making decisions for themselves. What carers will get from this course Practical information about POA and Guardianship. A safe environment…

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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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Many carers can find themselves without the time to do the things they enjoy, feeling isolated or not listened too. This can impact on their confidence. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on their own confidence levels and think about what would boost them. Weekly Breakdown Think about what confidence is, what helps shape our confidence levels and how to boost them. What carers will get from this course Carers will get…

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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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Christmas can be a fun time but it can also be challenging for many people. There are often a lot of commitments, expense and social gatherings. A caring role can make a difference to how we view and experience the festive season. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who want to reflect on how Christmas has changed for them. Weekly Breakdown Christmas is often promoted as a time for family and a time for happiness and a…

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Come and join us for some relaxing christmas crafting. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who have an interest in crafts and would like to meet other carers. no previous experience or skills are required. Weekly Breakdown For some people the ideal Christmas present is a gift card, cash or a voucher, but how do you make them look special? Come along to this years Christmas Crafting event and find out how to make lovely paper wallets…

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What does the festive season mean to me? – for some people they really look forward to Christmas and new year for others it is a chore and for others it is worse than a chore. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30am start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax…

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Edinburgh, My City – millions of tourists flock to Edinburgh every year to visit the city we live and care in. Do you think of ‘Edinburgh’ as your home? Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 2pm for a 2.30pm start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax before the conversation starts. The conversation will…

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Opportunity to meet with other carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this coffee morning for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown Come along 10-11am and enjoy a cuppa and blether with other carers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. From 11am-12noon, Police Scotland will come along to give information about the support available from Police Scotland. A chance to find out how the Police work with carers and protect vulnerable people. What carers will…

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What does the festive season mean to me? – for some people they really look forward to Christmas and new year for others it is a chore and for others it is worse than a chore. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30am start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax…

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What does the festive season mean to me? – for some people they really look forward to Christmas and new year for others it is a chore and for others it is worse than a chore. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30am start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax…

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Many family members and friends of people using drugs or alcohol find it hard to know how to respond to and cope with the situation. This short informal course helps to understand concerns others have to understand substance use, the law, services to support people to reduce or stop drug or alcohol use. Duration: 5 weeks Who is this course for? Anyone concerned about a loved one’s substance use. Weekly Breakdown Week One – Understanding substances Week Two – Models…

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