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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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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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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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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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Parents of children with additional needs often tell us that they find some of the accompanying behaviour difficult to deal with. This course explores methods of coping with this behaviour and how to develop personal coping strategies. Duration: 3 weeks Who is this course for? This course is designed for parents/carers of someone under 16 with additional support needs. Weekly Breakdown Week 1 How Do We Feel About the Behaviour Unpredictable or challenging behaviour can generate a wide range of…

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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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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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Would you like to be more confident in order to enjoy life more? Would you like to increase your self-esteem and take back control of your life? Duration: 5 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who live in the Midlothian area who would like to increase their confidence levels. Weekly breakdown This course will be facilitated in partnership with Aim High (LLE) and the course will look at how you view yourself, your goals and aspirations. Learn how to…

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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: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to be able to…

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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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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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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 practical course to help carers improve their confidence in managing falls. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course will be particularly helpful for carers who are supporting someone who has physical disabilities or mobility issues. Weekly Breakdown This seminar provides practical advice about falls prevention and what to do if someone has a fall. The session will include advice on how to help someone who is on the ground as well as providing practical suggestions about…

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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 - Medication Week Three - Accessing Support Week Four - Money Matters Week Five - Changing Relationships Week Six - Looking After Yourself What carers will get from…

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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 others to understand substance use, the law, services to support people to reduce or stop drug or alcohol use. Duration: 6 weeks Who is this course for? Anyone concerned about a loved one’s substance use. Weekly Breakdown Week One – Understanding Substances Week Two – Models of Addiction Week Three…

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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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This course addresses carers concerns about what would happen in an emergency situation and provides 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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Caring can be expensive and carers often report that their household bills have risen since they began caring. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? For carers who want to reflect on their food bills and explore if they are wasting food. Weekly Breakdown A look at how much we spend on food, the purchases we make and how we can reduce the amount of food we throw away. What carers will get from this course Tips on how…

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Join a qualified Aromatherapist to learn about the basics of the aromatherapy and mix some basic lotions for use at home. Duration: 5 weeks Who is this course for? This course is for all carers. Weekly Breakdown A theoretical and practical session for carers interested in learning more about aromatherapy. What carers will get from this course An opportunity to meet others in similar caring roles. A chance to reflect on health. An opportunity to learn more about aromatherapy.

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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 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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Learning What I know now that I wish I knew before. 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 our learning and thinking about what we know now that we wish we knew before, what has helped and what has hindered us in our relationship with someone using drugs or alcohol. What carers will get from this cafe Peer support.…

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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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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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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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Benefits can be a minefield so why not come along and find out more about benefits and entitlements you may be able to claim. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Midlothian carers aged 65+ or the person they care for is 65+ and would like to find out more about benefits and entitlements. Weekly Breakdown This session will cover Attendance Allowance, Council Tax discounts, Pension Credit, Carers Allowance, Blue Badge and more. 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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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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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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Mindfulness is a fantastic tool which has many health benefits when practiced. Duration: 6 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who live in the Midlothian area and would like to reflect on and explore their lifestyle, mood and stress levels. Weekly Breakdown This course will be facilitated in partnership with Aim High (LLE) and the course will also cover things like breathing techniques. Gratitude and meditation for relaxation. What carers will get from this course Tools and techniques. Motivation…

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Most of us have fleeting ideas of what we want to be, do or have in our lives. Creating a vision board can help us to picture and plan these things. Duration: 3 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on what they might like life to look like in the future, what they might be doing and how they might feel. Carers who want to be inspired. Weekly Breakdown Each week there will be…

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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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Keeping physically and mentally healthy is important for all of us but it is not always easy to make a start with or to maintain exercise on our own. Maybe with a few buddies it would be easier. Duration: 5 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…

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Are you supporting someone else to look after their feet? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are supporting someone else to maintain healthy feet. Weekly Breakdown This seminar provides information for carers who are supporting good foot care and includes practical demonstrations of cutting and filing nails and other foot care techniques. What carers will get from this course Practical information and support about good foot health. A safe environment to learn, ask questions and share…

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Would you like to know more about continence management? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers of adults with continence issues or who are concerned that continence issues might arise. Weekly Breakkdown This free seminar led by a NHS Continence Specialist will help you understand the causes of difficulties, the supplies and equipment available, and answer questions. What carers will get from this course Practical information and support about continence issues. A safe environment to learn, ask questions…

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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 you rights under the…

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Recovery Things I have done that have been helpful and unhelpful to my loved one’s recovery 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 recovery. What do we understand recovery means? How have we supported the recovery of someone else? Do we as supporters/family members and friends have our own recovery journey? What carers will get from this cafe Peer…

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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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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 at home and carers who would like to access a package of care. Weekly Breakdown What is self directed support? How…

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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 others to understand substance use, the law, services to support people to reduce or stop drug or alcohol use. Duration: 6 weeks Who is this course for? Anyone concerned about a loved one’s substance use. Weekly Breakdown Week One – Understanding Substances Week Two – Models of Addiction Week Three…

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Caring brings about many lifestyle changes and at times carers experience losses. In this workshop we look at how loss can affect us and the stages we may go through when we are confronted with different kinds of loss. This workshop would be appropriate for those recently bereaved, carers who are facing bereavement and also carers dealing with other kinds of loss. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to explore and come to terms…

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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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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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Carers can be really good at caring for others and sometimes not so good about caring for themselves. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to think about their own health. Weekly Breakdown Carers will be supported to think about their own health needs and to form strategies to make improvements or changes if they wish to. What carers will get from this course An opportunity to reflect on their own health. To develop a…

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A practical session provided by banking staff who investigate fraud on behalf of the institution they work for. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are concerned about the possibility that they or the person they are supporting may become victims of fraud. This session may be of particular interest to those carers supporting someone with communication, memory or cognitive difficulties. Weekly Breakdown This session will help participants to understand risks, how to spot problems and what…

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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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