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January 2019

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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An opportunity to think about weight, how and what we eat. There is no pressure to lose weight. Duration: 7 weeks Who is this course for? Carers with in an interest in thinking about weight management and health in general. Weekly Breakdown Themed input and support from a Scottish Slimmer’s consultant who provides advice and guidance on diet models suggested followed by a carer focused input from Hazel, one of the carers support team at VOCAL, who will support the…

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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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A chance of come together read, talk about and write poetry. Duration: 4 weeks Who is this course for? Anyone with an interest in meeting others and exploring poetry. No previous experience in poetry reading, writing or appreciation is required. Weekly Breakdown The group will look at a wide variety of poetry including song lyrics, modern and classical so there will be something for everyone. What carers will get from this course An opportunity to explore a new hobby or…

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Specifically designed to meet the needs of carers who are caring for someone who has had a stroke. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers supporting someone who have had a stroke. Weekly Breakdown The session will be facilitated by Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland and will cover a range of topics such as information on stroke, treatment and rehabilitation, communication & mobility and what support is available is locally. What carers will get from this course Practical…

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February 2019

Many carers tell us that having a caring role has had an impact on their lifestyle and their relationships, this course provides a space for us to explore these changes and reflect on how we might cope with them. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to think about the impact of their caring role. Weekly Breakdown Caring can impact on all aspects of how we live our lives. This workshop will provide a space…

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Many carers are supporting someone who 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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Do you like reading? Do you want to share ideas with others? Join our carers book group. Duration: 4 monthly sessions on the 1st Monday of the month Who is this course for? Carers who enjoy reading or want to read more. Weekly Breakdown Each month we will be discussing the book we have been reading. Emma will introduce the book with some reviews to tell us what other people think and ask some questions to get the discussion 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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Specifically designed to meet the needs of carers of people with a lung condition. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers supporting someone who have a lung condition. Weekly Breakdown The session will be facilitated by a representative from NHS Lothian and will cover a range of topics such as understanding the lungs and condition, treatment and support available locally in Midlothian. What carers will get from this course Practical information and advice on how to support someone…

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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 claiming universal credit for themselves or for the person they support. Weekly Breakdown Universal credit is a welfare benefit to assist with living costs, shortly it will replace a number of benefits that carers or the people they support receive including ESA, housing benefit,…

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Craft sessions for fun and relaxation. Duration: 3 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who enjoy craft or want to relax. No previous experience required. Weekly Breakdown Each week there will be the opportunity to try a new craft technique and make items for your home or gifts. What carers will get from this course A chance to try new things. Relaxation. Improved craft skills.

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Understanding Dementia course for carers supporting someone in the mid-stages of dementia. This course provides information about what dementia is, treatments and coping strategies, money matters and decision making as well as support for carers. Duration: 5 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: Accessing Support Week Three: Money Matters Week Four: Changing Relationships Week Five: Looking After Yourself What carers…

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Interested in art? No previous experience or knowledge required. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who already have an interest in art or are curious novices. Weekly Breakdown Participate in a guided tour of The Scotland National Portrait Gallery followed by a coffee to talk about the works you saw or simply chat. What carers will get from this course An opportunity to learn more about art and artists. A safe environment to learn, ask questions and…

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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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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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A session exploring how medication is used in the treatment of Dementia and Behaviour associated with Dementia. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is appropriate for anyone caring for someone with Dementia. Weekly Breakdown Lead by a dementia specialist pharmacist this course provides information on how different medications are used to treat Dementia and its symptoms, as well as information about how to safely take medication, side effects and drug interactions. What carers will get from…

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Interested in art? No previous experience or knowledge required. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who already have an interest in art or are curious novices. Weekly Breakdown Participate in a guided tour of The Gallery of Modern Art followed by a coffee to talk about the works you saw or simply chat. What carers will get from this course An opportunity to learn more about art and artists. A safe environment to learn, ask questions and…

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Specifically designed to meet the needs of carers of people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers supporting someone who has MS. Weekly Breakdown The session will be facilitated by a MS Nurse Specialist and will cover a range of topics such as information on the condition, symptoms and symptom management, treatment and support available. What carers will get from this course Practical information and advice on how to support someone with MS. Information…

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Carers can often report feeling in poor health. This course will support carers to develop skills in Emotional Freedom Technique to manage stress and support relaxation. Duration: 4 weeks Who is this course for? This course is for anyone who wants to learn an effective relaxation and stress management technique. Weekly Breakdown Emotional freedom technique is a specific form of alternative psychotherapy that involves tapping on specific pressure points on the body. In this course you will learn how to…

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A visit to the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University, Europe’s leading research centre. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are supporting someone with Dementia. Weekly Breakdown The visit to the Dementia Services Development Centre will focus on a guided tour of the design and technology centre which houses a ranges of over 100 pieces of equipment and technology to support people with Dementia and their carers with all aspects of life. What carers will…

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As a carer it can sometimes be hard for carers to know about their rights and entitlements. This short seminar provides an overview and signposts carers to further support. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for anyone interested in the law or learning more about their rights as carers. Weekly Breakdown This session gives an overview of the rights of carers and will focus on the newly introduced Adult Carer Support Plans, what information they…

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VOCAL is hosting a Pop-Up Carers Hub, come along to learn about services in Edinburgh, meet staff, have a coffee, attend a workshop and ask questions. Duration: 1 week Who is this Carers Hub for? Ideal opportunity for carers to learn more about support and services in Edinburgh. Event Details Stall holders will be available all day to chat through their services, including the following : VOCAL Citizens Advice Edinburgh NE LOOPs Edinburgh Carer Support Team Police Scotland PASDA Home…

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Would you like to explore the theatre, either on or off stage? As a way to take a break from your caring role or as a way to explore your caring experience. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for anyone regardless of their experience or confidence on or off stage. There will be a role or a job for anyone interested. Weekly Breakdown The group will work together towards a performance piece. What carers will…

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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 Would you like more or different…

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