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Support How important is getting the right support for you and for the person you are caring for? Duration: 1 week Who is this cafe for? For people who are caring for someone who is using drugs or alcohol. Weekly Breakdown This month we are discussing support, both for ourselves and for those who are using drugs or alcohol, what support is there and what has helped us. What carers will get from this cafe Peer support. Tips and hints.…

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

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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 10am for a 10.30 start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax before the conversation starts. The conversation will…

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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…

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Do you like reading? Do you want to share ideas with others? Join our carers book group. Duration: 5 monthly meetings Who is this course for? Carers who enjoy reading or want to read more. Monthly Breakdown Each month we will be discussing the book we have been reading. Karen will introduce the book with some reviews to tell us what other people think and ask some questions to get the discussion going. There is no such thing as a…

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Finding my voice - sharing wishes, hopes and ideas with family, friends and the professionals supporting us is often a task we face when in 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…

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Friendship – friendship, companionship and a social network is important to many of us. Caring can have an impact on our ability to make and maintain friendships. 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…

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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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Craft sessions for fun and relaxation. Duration: 6 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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The Carers Act was recently passed by the Scottish Government and means there have been some changes in the rights of carers across Scotland. 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 An explanation of the Carers Act and what it means to you in your caring role. What carers will get from this course Information about your rights under the…

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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 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. Weekly Breakdown Delivered by a specialist nurse this course explores why some of…

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It can be hard to get a good nights sleep. How can this be improved? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course would be useful for any carers supporting someone who has a difficult or changeable sleep pattern or who experiences difficulty in sleeping themselves. Weekly Breadown Lead by a psychologist this session explores the challenges we or the people we care for might have sleeping and approaches to improving sleep. What carers will get from this…

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Time away from caring - In VOCAL’s 2017 survey 1 in 6 carers said lack of support and respite care was a barrier to them having time to themselves. How important to you is time out? 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…

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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's is this course for? Carers who are working and caring. Weekly Breakdown Lead 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. 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 will…

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Coping and looking after yourself How have you coped when things have been really difficult? Duration: 1 week Who is this cafe for? For people who are caring for someone who is using drugs or alcohol. Weekly Breakdown This month we are discussing coping skills and how we look after ourselves while caring for someone who is using drugs or alcohol. What carers will get from this cafe Peer support. Tips and hints. Time out from our caring role. There…

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Many things change once a child or young person with additional needs turns 16 or leaves education. This session looks at what happens to Welfare Benefits. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who support a child/young adult (aged 13-17) with additional needs who will leave school in the next couple of years. Weekly Breakdown This session provides information about the Welfare Benefits system, and the changes that can occur in a family’s money situation as a child…

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In its simplest form mindfulness is a mental training or life skill. The course aims to provide you with the tools to develop your own meditation practice and also to recognise thought patterns and learn to deal with them in a constructive way. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their lifestyle, mood and stress levels. Weekly Breakdown An introduction to the theory of mindfulness and the chance to experience…

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An art class that brings together practical art skills and relaxation techniques. Duration: 8 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who enjoy art or want to relax. No previous experience required. Weekly Breakdown Join professional artist Heather for a series of art for relaxation classes. At each class there will an opportunity to create your own art work, learn new techniques, styles and experiment. Alongside the chance to think about stress management. What carers will get from this course…

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Thinking about the future can be challenging for carers. This course helps us think about the future and break it down into bite sized chunks. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are thinking about the future for the person they care for and themselves. Weekly Breakdown Information about: Power Of Attorney, Guardianship, Leaving money in a Will, Future care in a nursing home, Future medical care, Funeral plans and more. What carers will get from this…

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There are quite a few practical and financial things to think about when someone moves to a care home. This course provides lots of information about the processes. Duration: 2 weeks Who is this course for? This course is for carers who are interested in understanding what happens and how are things funded when someone moves into a care home. Weekly Breakdown Week one – Deciding to move, assessments and selecting a care home. Week two - Paying for a…

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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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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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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 10am for a 10.30 start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax before the conversation starts. The conversation will…

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Come along and find out more about Reiki and how it can benefit you and your own health. Duration: 2 weeks Who is this course for? This course is open to all midlothian carers. Weekly Breakdown The group session will provide carers with more information about what Reiki is, what it entails and its benefits. This will be followed up the next week (Tuesday 4th or 11th September) with an individual appointment (45 minutes) to experience Reiki for yourself. What…

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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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Digital revolution – increasingly computers, tablets, smart phones, websites and social media are part of our lives. How do you feel about the digital revolution? 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…

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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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This course provides information about what dementia is, 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 - Accessing Support Week Three - Money Matters Week Four - Changing Relationships Week Five - Looking After Yourself Week Six - Understanding Dementia Q&A What carers will…

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As a carer we can sometimes struggle to make ourselves heard to professionals or family members which can both be frustrating and make it difficult to move forward as we would like. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for anyone who would like to improve their communication skills. Weekly Breakdown We will explore how we can prepare for and look after ourselves in conversations that are important to us. What carers will get from this…

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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 10am for a 10.30 start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax before the conversation starts. The conversation will…

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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: 5 weeks Who is this course for? This course is for any carer who wants to learn an effective relaxation and stress management techniques. 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…

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Caring can be a challenging and time consuming experience and when our caring role ends or changes we might find ourselves unsure of how to reconnect with old friends, old interests and past times. This course explores how we can move forward after caring. Duration: 2 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who have recently experienced a significant change in their caring role. Perhaps a loved one has moved into a care home, begun living independently or has passed…

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It can be hard to get a good nights sleep. How can this be improved? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course would be useful for any carers supporting someone who has a difficult or changeable sleep pattern or who experiences difficulty in sleeping themselves. Weekly Breadown Lead by a psychologist this session explores the challenges we or the people we care for might have sleeping and approaches to improving sleep. What carers will get from this…

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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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Finding my voice - sharing wishes, hopes and ideas with family, friends and the professionals supporting us is often a task we face when in 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…

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A chance to 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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Would you like to know/learn more about using a computer to communicate with others or for finding out information? Duration: 5 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who own a laptop or computer and would say they are a beginner when it comes to using computers. Weekly Breakdown More and more services are accessed more quickly or exclusively online. Come along to this short course to learn more about practical computer use and how to stay safe online. Week…

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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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Come along and find out more about Reiki and how it can benefit you and your own health. Duration: 2 weeks Who is this course for? This course is open to all midlothian carers. Weekly Breakdown The group session will provide carers with more information about what Reiki is, what it entails and its benefits. This will be followed up the next week (Wednesday 26th September or Wednesday 10th October) with an individual appointment (45 minutes) to experience Reiki for…

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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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Identity Do you think of yourself as a Carer? Duration: 1 week Who is this cafe for? For people who are caring for someone who is using drugs or alcohol. Weekly Breakdown This month we are discussing identity. Some people would describe those in relationships with or supporting someone using drugs or alcohol as ‘carers’. How would you describe yourself and what difference do these labels make to your sense of self. What carers will get from this cafe Peer…

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Friendship – friendship, companionship and a social network is important to many of us. Caring can have an impact on our ability to make and maintain friendships. 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…

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In its simplest form mindfulness is a mental training or life skill. The course aims to provide you with the tools to develop your own meditation practice and also to recognise thought patterns and learn to deal with them in a constructive way. Duration: 8 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their life style, mood and stress levels. What happens during a session? During each session you will be invited to…

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Local support – Whether it is the support provided by the NHS, the Council or through other carers, accessing the right support at the right time can be important. How important is it to you the support you receive is local? 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…

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