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January 2021

Emotional Freedom Technique

Wed 20 January, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Introducing carers to the theory and practice of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) which can help cope with difficult emotions. Duration: 5 weeks (20th & 27th January & 3rd, 10th & 17th February) Who is this online session for? This course is for anyone who wants to learn an effective relaxation and stress management technique to help deal with difficult emotions. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online…

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Virtual Coffee Morning with guest speaker (January) (Midlothian)

Wed 20 January, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Connecting with others has never been so important; join us for our online coffee morning. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Midlothian. Outcomes of this online session Join us via Zoom for our virtual coffee morning where Sandra Davidson from the Communities and Lifelong Learning Team (CLL). CLL provide a range of free and paid for courses to people throughout Midlothian and Sandra will talk about the various…

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Switching energy providers

Wed 20 January, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Expert advice on finding the best gas and electricity deal for you. Learn how to compare suppliers online, what to watch out for when making your choice, and what happens during the switching process. Stop paying too much with expert impartial advice from the charity Changeworks. Many householders can save £100s! Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? For carers who would like to save money by switching your own energy providers or the providers of the person…

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Room for art

Thu 21 January, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This online session is now fully booked. VOCAL is pleased to welcome Room for Art sessions to VOCAL, this time on an online format. Join Heather, an artist from Room for Art, for eight art workshops via the comfort of your own home. Art packs will be provided to you prior to the course starting and over the weeks you will be guided to produce art works. Duration: 8 weeks (21st & 28th January, 4th, 18th & 25th February, 4th,…

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Just Sing! (January)

Tue 26 January, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Singalong to all your old favourites from the privacy and safety of your home. All (and no) levels of talent welcome. Requests encouraged! Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who would like a short break from their caring role to have a good sing with other carers. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session By coming along to just sing you will…

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Smart Meters

Wed 27 January, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Smart meter technology is being installed across the country as part of the UK’s climate action policy.  What is a smart meter?  What are the pros and cons? Do I have to get one? Can I switch suppliers with a smart meter? How can a smart meter help everyone save energy?  Get the answers to these questions and more from an impartial energy advisor at Changeworks Affordable Warmth Services. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who…

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Peer Support for Parents & Carers (January)(Midlothian)

Wed 27 January, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

VOCAL Midlothian and The Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL) jointly host the group for parents and carers of disabled children and young people living in Midlothian. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Parents and carers of disabled children and young people with additional support needs. Outcomes of this online session This session is relaxed and friendly and an opportunity to meet with other parent carers where you can share, learn and support each other. At the…

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Learn to Zoom! (January)

Thu 28 January, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Drop into this session to increase your confidence in using Zoom. VOCAL delivers its online training programme via Zoom so coming to the session will let you fully access our other courses. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Any carer who is new to Zoom or has used Zoom before and would like to lean more or increase their confidence using it. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh…

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Online Midlothian Craft group (January)

Thu 28 January, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

These sessions will guide you to produce crafts. No previous experience or skills are required, and all materials are provided and sent out to your home. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who have an interest in crafts and would like to meet other carers. No previous experience or skills are required. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Midlothian local authority area only. Weekly Breakdown Find time for…

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Alcohol and Me

Fri 29 January, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Many of us over indulge over the festive period so join us to consider why people drink, reflect on your relationship with alcohol and make a plan to help reduce your intake in the future. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who would like to reflect on their relationship with alcohol. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session By the end of…

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February 2021

Benefits for school age children

Tue 2 February, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Information about welfare benefits available to carers and the school age children they care for. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Any carer for cares for a school age child. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session An outline of the benefits available to you and the child you care for including carers allowance and DLA. Delivered by Shirley and Andy, Money Matters…

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Cut energy bills and get more from your supplier

Wed 3 February, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Learn more about energy saving around the home to help keep those pesky energy bills down. Understand what appliances are the most costly to run and get simple energy saving tips you can use around the home. Learn more about energy bills and other services your supplier can offer for those who need extra support. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who would like to save money in their own home or the home of the…

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Working carers lunch workshop – juggling work and caring

Thu 4 February, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

New for 2021… Working carers are invited to join VOCAL on their lunch break, for a short workshop. This time we will discuss the impact of trying to juggle work and caring. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This event is aimed at carers who are in current full time, part time or self-employment. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session By the…

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Improving confidence to access online resources

Tue 9 February, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This webinar provides advice and information on how to access resources and keep in touch with others online safely. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Anyone who provides unpaid care for someone else (over and above Coronavirus) who lacks confidence to use internet resources. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session This session will include: A list of safety tips and some basic…

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Dealing with loss

Fri 12 February, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

In this session you will learn more about the process of loss (including bereavement) and how to find ways of accepting and navigating emotions.  Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who would like to explore and come to terms with any losses they have experienced. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session By the end of this session you will have will explored loss, grief…

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Learn to Zoom! (February)

Tue 16 February, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Drop into this session to increase your confidence in using Zoom. VOCAL delivers its online training programme via Zoom so coming to the session will let you fully access our other courses. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Any carer who is new to Zoom or has used Zoom before and would like to lean more or increase their confidence using it. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh…

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Thinking about Long Term Care

Thu 18 February, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Information and advice on how long term care, such as residential care, day care or care at home, is arranged and paid for. Duration: 2 weeks (18th & 25th February) Who is this online session for? This event is aimed at any carers who may be considering long term care for the person they care for. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session Week 1- Selecting…

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Virtual Coffee Morning (February)(Midlothian)

Thu 18 February, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Connecting with others has never been so important; join us for our online coffee morning. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Midlothian. Outcomes of this online session Join us via Zoom for our virtual coffee morning; grab a cuppa and biscuit and take some time for you. VOCAL staff will also join and can answer any questions or queries you may have. This is a great opportunity to…

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Understanding Dementia

Fri 19 February, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Do you care for someone with dementia? Led by an experienced dementia nurse this session will help you understand the basics of dementia and some of the challenges that come with the condition. There will be an opportunity to be able ask questions. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Led by an experienced dementia nurse this session is aimed at carers supporting someone in the early or mid-stages of dementia. This event is open to carers from…

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Just Sing! (February)

Tue 23 February, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Singalong to all your old favourites from the privacy and safety of your home. All (and no) levels of talent welcome. Requests encouraged! Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who would like a short break from their caring role to have a good sing with other carers. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session By coming along to just sing you will…

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