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April 2021

Listening Space for carers

Tue 20 April, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This online drop in weekly listening space is facilitated by Paulina from Health in Mind. These online sessions provide a listening space for carers to talk about their mental health and wellbeing. Duration: Every Tuesday Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. What carers will get from this online session Carers will be able to: Talk about how you are feeling. Meet other carers who…

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Friends Against Scams

Tue 20 April, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This session from The Royal Bank of Scotland will educate carers on current frauds and scams happening right now in your community, how to spot them, stop them and how to report them accordingly. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session Friends Against Scams is a presentation which has been created by The Royal Bank of Scotland…

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Virtual Coffee Morning (April)(Midlothian)

Wed 21 April, 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 coffee morning for? This coffee morning is open to carers residing/caring for a person in Midlothian local authority area only. Weekly Breakdown 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…

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Dealing with Guilt

Wed 21 April, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This session will help carers to explore the meaning and purpose of the feeling of guilt and manage guilt they experience. Duration: 2 weeks (21st & 28th April) Who is this online session for? 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 we will have explored: The definition and purpose of guilt. The reasons why carers feel guilt and how it…

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Working carers lunch: Self-advocacy at work (April)

Thu 22 April, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Working carers are invited to join VOCAL for a short lunch time workshop. This informal session is a chance to come together to share ideas about how carers can balance employment and caring. This month’s discussion will focus on building the confidence of working carers to advocate for themselves in the workplace. 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…

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Understanding Dementia

Thu 22 April, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 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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Stress Management (April)

Fri 23 April, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Learn more about stress and its impact and develop techniques to plan for and manage the symptoms of stress. Duration: 2 weeks (23rd & 30th April) Who is this online session for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their relationship with stress. Outcomes of this online session By the end of the session, you will have: Understood what stress is and how it affects the body. Explored what causes you stress. Discussed the impact of stress on…

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Carer Engagement Event – Connecting Carers (Creating opportunities for Carers to meet)

Mon 26 April, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

This has undoubtedly been a tough year, where we have learnt to communicate and socialise differently. However not everyone is able or willing to join a ‘virtual’ group/event. VOCAL are aware that meeting with others who share similar experiences can provide a supportive environment. VOCAL would therefore like to create four groups specifically for carers to come together – virtually and/or face-to-face. We would like to hear carers experiences of attending different groups. We want you to have your say,…

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Nutrition

Mon 26 April, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

An introduction to the key concepts of good nutrition for you and the person you care for. Duration:1 week Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session By attending this Nutrition course, carers will: Be able to recognise their own nutrition habits. Understand what to look for, to be able to make positive nutrition choices. Delivered by Aga Newsome, Carer Training…

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Financial Independence

Tue 27 April, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am

This session from Money Advice Scotland provides an introduction to bank accounts, credit reports, methods of paying bills, as well as some examples of household bills. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh. The event is being run in conjunction with Carers of East Lothian so there will be some carers from East Lothian in attendance. Outcomes of this online session An introduction…

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Fire safety in the home

Tue 27 April, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This talk delivered by Fire Scotland provides important information about fire safety in your own home and the home of the person you care for. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? 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 the talk, carers will have more information on thinking about a fire escape plan and provide information about smoke, heat and…

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Peer Support for parent & carers (April)(Midlothian)

Wed 28 April, 2021 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 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, who live/care within Midlothian local authority area i.e. Midlothian Council. Weekly Breakdown These sessions are relaxed and friendly and are an opportunity to meet with other parent carers where you can…

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Online Midlothian craft group (April – June)(Midlothian)

Thu 29 April, 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: 3 sessions (29th April, 27th May & 24th June) Who is this Craft group 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…

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May 2021

Introduction to Reflexology

Tue 4 May, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Interested in reflexology or would like to find out more. Join Alison for this introductory talk on reflexology - get information and enjoy the hands on practice of reflexology. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? 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 introduction session, carers will have: A general introduction and history of reflexology. Information on when to…

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Managing Medication

Tue 4 May, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Information and advice on how to manage the medication of the person you care for. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session By attending this online session, carers will: Have an increased awareness of how to manage medicines safely. Understand roles and responsibilities relating to medicines. Be aware of the common groups of medicines, side effects and…

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Introduction to Buying and Selling on eBay (May)

Wed 5 May, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Decluttering, moving home, emptying the home of a loved one who has passed or gone in to care, or just wanting to raise some extra cash. Treasure Tree may be able to help. Selling online with Treasure Tree via eBay harnesses the power of 183 Million eBay users and gets your preloved items to a new home. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who just want to know more about Treasure Tree. Carers who have things…

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Evening carer relaxation session

Wed 5 May, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Enjoy a virtual relaxation session – de-stress, switch-off, rejuvenate and relax with Alison, a Yoga instructor and complimentary therapist. Duration: 4 weeks (5th, 12th, 19th & 26th May) Who is this online session for? Any carer who would like to take the time to relax and focus on their own wellbeing. This course in open to carers who live in Edinburgh or who care for someone who resides in Edinburgh. Outcomes of this online session De-stress, switch-off, rejuvenate and relax.…

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Walking for carers

Thu 6 May, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

May is national walking month, this course will introduce carers to the benefits of walking then guide you weekly to reach your own personal walking targets. Duration: 4 weeks (6th, 13th, 20th & 27th May) Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session Each week there will be a short presentation followed by group discussion on individual walking goal setting and…

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Caring for someone with dementia and your rights

Fri 7 May, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This 4 week course delivered by Age Scotland and VOCAL will inform dementia carers on the rights they have and the support that is available to them. Carers will have the opportunity to meet other carers in a similar position and share experiences. Duration: 4 weeks (7th, 14th, 21st & 28th May) Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers caring for someone with dementia.…

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Self Advocacy and communication

Fri 7 May, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It can be hard to be heard in a caring role as many other voices are involved. This workshop helps us work out how best to convey the messages we want to be heard. Duration: 3 weeks (7th, 14th & 21st May) Who is this online session for? 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 the course carers will have: Explored what…

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