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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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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 2pm for a 2.30pm start. This will allow carers 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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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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Opportunity to meet with other carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this coffee morning for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown Come along 10-11am and enjoy a cuppa and blether with other carers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. From 11am-12noon, an opportunity to discuss and contribute towards the shaping of the next Midlothian Carers Strategy. What carers will get from this coffee morning Opportunity to meet other carers. Learning opportunity.

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This course is now full. 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…

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Take a guided tour around the world famous Edinburgh Castle with 12th century St Margaret’s Chapel and Scottish National War Memorial build after the First World War with a private object handing session and time to explore the Castle at your own leisure. Duration: 1 Day Who is this trip for? A carer and companion. Details of trip 10am - Meet at Drawbridge to Edinburgh Castle. 10.30am - Welcome by Edinburgh Castle. 11am - Refreshment Break. 11.30am - Object Handing.…

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Craft sessions for fun and relaxation. Duration: 5 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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Winter is coming! And there is lots to think about to make sure that we get through the winter safely. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course would be useful for any carer. Weekly Breakdown The session will also focus on other helpful advice and tips for preparing for the winter months. What carers will get from this course Advice and information on how to prepare for the roll out of SMART meters and the forthcoming winter…

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Being a parent/carer of a child with additional support needs 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 session will helps carers answer some key questions. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Parents/carers of children with additional support needs living in Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown This session will provide parents/carers of children with additional support needs the opportunity to…

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Peer support – there is lots of research to suggest that carers benefit from coming together for peer support, sharing stories, experiences and ideas with people who have a similar experience is considered positive and useful for carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30am start. This will allow carers to get a coffee…

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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: 1 week 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 better. Weekly Breakdown Delivered by a specialist nurse this course explores why some…

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Increasingly it is quicker and easier to access services and information online. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who own a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone and would like to learn more about how they could use the internet to support them. Weekly Breakdown More and more services are accessed more quickly or exclusively online so we will explore how to tap into resources that are online. We will also talk about keeping information safe when online…

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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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Increasingly it is quicker and easier to access services and information online. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who own a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone and would like to learn more about how they could use the internet to support them. Weekly Breakdown More and more services are accessed more quickly or exclusively online so we will explore how to tap into resources that are online. We will also talk about keeping information safe when online…

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Be guided around Newhailes Estate designed landscape by Emily the Ranger and discover the wonderful wildlife and diverse habitats. The estate is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, with over 60 species of bird found here including blue, great and coal tits, chaffinches, bullfinches, chiffchaffs and nuthatches with the meadows providing breeding grounds for skylarks and curlews. Duration: 1 week Who is this trip for? This trip is for a carer and companion. Weekly Breakdown 09.45am -…

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Increasingly it is quicker and easier to access services and information online. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who own a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone and would like to learn more about how they could use the internet to support them. Weekly Breakdown More and more services are accessed more quickly or exclusively online so we will explore how to tap into resources that are online. We will also talk about keeping information safe when online…

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Winter is coming! And there is lots to think about to make sure that we get through the winter safely. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course would be useful for any carer. Weekly Breakdown The session will also focus on other helpful advice and tips for preparing for the winter months. What carers will get from this course Advice and information on how to prepare for the roll out of SMART meters and the forthcoming winter…

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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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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 situation. 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…

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Dynamic Earth is the only visitors centre in the UK dedicated to telling the life story of Planet Earth. Expect cutting edge technology and state of the art interactive displays before being transported hundreds of millions of years back to the very beginning of time. You will fly across glaciers, feel the Earth move beneath your feet and experience the chill of polar ice – all this before embarking on a 4ADVENTURE across the globe before you crash land in…

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Opportunity to meet with other carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this coffee morning for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown Come along 10-11am and enjoy a cuppa and blether with other carers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. From 11am-12noon, Scottish Ambulance Service will attend to provide information and advice from the Ambulance Service as to when to call an ambulance and what to expect, also what you can do in advance to…

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Other people and stigma Do you think there is a stigma or misunderstanding around drug and alcohol use? 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 how other people’s ideas about drug or alcohol use affect us. Is there still a stigma about substance use? What carers will get from this cafe Peer support. Tips and hints. Time out from…

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Take a guided tour of Jupiter Artland enjoying artworks and sculptures by Nathan Coley and Charles Jencks on a journey of discovery followed by an interactive creative workshop! Duration: 1 day Who is this day trip for? A carer and companion. Details of Trip 10.00am - Meet at Rabbie’s Tours, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. 10.30am - Arrive and Explore Jupiter Artland. 4pm - Depart Jupiter Artland. What carers will get from this day trip A social event. An interactive workshop. Time…

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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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Do you ever wonder what it is like for people with a sensory impairment? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone within Midlothian local authority. Weekly Breakdown This session is a mix of practical exercises and information giving, which raises awareness of the issues people face that are living with visual and or hearing impairments. It also provides hints and tips on how to communicate more effectively with them. What carers…

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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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Carer wellbeing focus group. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This day is for unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown This session will be led by VOCAL Midlothian and Anam Cara. Come along and learn more about self-management approaches to enhance wellbeing and also contribute to the shaping of a future wellbeing project for carers. What carers will get from this course Increased knowledge of self-management approaches. Opportunity to contribute to future…

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Caring can be a challenging and time consuming. Often we find some day to day tasks we run out of time for or we are no longer able to complete. Many carers are juggling more than one home and garden which can make things particularly difficult. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are interested in getting some help to manage their homes and gardens. Weekly Breakdown The course will look at the kinds of tasks that…

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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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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 to you to 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 2pm for a 2.30pm start. This will allow carers to get…

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What makes a difference to you in your caring role - there is lots of support for carers but national statistics suggest tell us that 70% of carers do not access any support even from family with their caring role. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30am start. This will allow carers to get…

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What makes a difference to you in your caring role - there is lots of support for carers but national statistics suggest tell us that 70% of carers do not access any support even from family with their caring role. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30am start. This will allow carers to get…

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A stress management course for carers who have already attended one of VOCAL’s introduction to stress management courses and what to learn more to develop their skills further. Duration: 2 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their relationship with stress. Weekly Breakdown This course refreshes knowledge of stress management theory and offers the chance to explore new strategies to manage stress. What carers will get from this course Identified ways in…

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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 sessions will include advice on how to help someone who is on the ground as well as providing practical suggestions about…

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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 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 emotions…

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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 situation. 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…

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Help the rangers at Newhailes Estate to build and develop their new community garden by joining the gardening team and harvest some edible goodies from the kitchen garden – a great opportunity to enjoy getting your hands mucky and spending some time outdoors! Duration: 1 week Who is this trip for? This trip is for a carer and companion. Weekly Breakdown 09.45am - Meet at Newhailes Estate – (The Stone Archway) 10.00am - Go to the Community Gardens - explore…

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Do you help someone make decisions about their money and lifestyle? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers of adults who are supporting someone who struggles with decision making perhaps due to learning disability, brain injury, stroke or dementia. Weekly Breakdown A session to look at formal methods of supporting someone who is unable to or has difficulty making decisions for themselves. What carers will get from this course Practical information about POA and Guardianship. A safe environment…

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Come and join us for some relaxing christmas crafting. Duration: 3 weeks Who is this course for? Carers who have an interest in crafts and would like to meet other carers. No previous experience or skills are required. Weekly Breakdown Over the weeks we will be completing small craft projects with a christmas theme which can be used as a gift or to decorate the home. What carers will get from this course A chance for carers to make some…

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Join other carers for an interesting and relaxing day out. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are in need of a break from caring or who would like the opportunity to meet new people. Weekly Breakdown Visit Dynamic Earth to learn the history of our planet. What carers will get from this course A fun and relaxing day out with other carers.

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What makes a difference to you in your caring role - there is lots of support for carers but national statistics suggest tell us that 70% of carers do not access any support even from family with their caring role. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30am start. This will allow carers to get…

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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 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 situation. 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…

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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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A practical course to help carers improve their confidence in managing falls and thinking about other emergencies. 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 sessions will include advice on how to avoid difficulties and also to plan for any challenges…

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Dynamic Earth is the only visitors centre in the UK dedicated to telling the life story of Planet Earth. Expect cutting edge technology and state of the art interactive displays before being transported hundreds of millions of years back to the very beginning of time. You will fly across glaciers, feel the Earth move beneath your feet and experience the chill of polar ice – all this before embarking on a 4ADVENTURE across the globe before you crash land in…

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Feelings of guilt can be difficult for us to understand and manage. Carers often report feeling high levels of guilt which are hard for them to process. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to think about guilt, the impact of guilt and the role it plays in our actions. Weekly Breakdown Many carers tell us they feel guilty about the care they provide, leaving the person they care for at home, having fun, 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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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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This course helps carers to understand the role of an anticipatory care plan, who to share it with and what to include in it. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for anyone caring for someone with concerns about how to express their or the person they support’s wishes of medical treatment and care. Weekly Breakdown The tutor will lead the group through a series of exercises to help them reflect on their situation and write…

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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 2pm for a 2.30pm start. This will allow carers to get a coffee and relax before the conversation starts. The conversation will…

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Opportunity to meet with other carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this coffee morning for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown Come along 10-11am and enjoy a cuppa and blether with other carers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. From 11am-12noon, learn more about Carers (Scotland) Act and carers rights and entitlements. What carers will get from this coffee morning Opportunity to meet other carers. Learning opportunity.

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Peer support – there is lots of research to suggest that carers benefit from coming together for peer support, sharing stories, experiences and ideas with people who have a similar experience is considered positive and useful for carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30am start. This will allow carers to get a coffee…

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Peer support – there is lots of research to suggest that carers benefit from coming together for peer support, sharing stories, experiences and ideas with people who have a similar experience is considered positive and useful for carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown The session begins at 10am for a 10.30am start. This will allow carers to get a coffee…

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This course helps carers to understand the role of an anticipatory care plan, who to share it with and what to include in it. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for anyone caring for someone with concerns about how to express their or the person they support’s wishes of medical treatment and care. Weekly Breakdown The tutor will lead the group through a series of exercises to help them reflect on their situation and write…

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Explore more of the great outdoors and landscape at Newhailes Estate with Ranger Emily. Enjoy some warmth around an open fire and eat some hot treats whilst you learn how to make winter garlands from materials gathered in the grounds. Duration: 1 week Who is this trip for? This trip is for a carer and companion. Weekly Breakdown 11.00am - Meet at Newhailes Estate – (The Stone Archway) 11.00am - Fire, Food and Winter Garland making 1pm - Picnic/Coffee in…

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Everyone feels a little angry or frustrated at times and carers are no exception. This course helps us understand the role of anger and how to manage our experiences of it. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who at times feel angry or frustrated. Weekly Breakdown We will look at some myths and facts about anger, learn how to identify your own anger warning signs and triggers and explore how to develop healthy and positive ways 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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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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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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Christmas can be a fun time but it can also be challenging for many people. There are often a lot of commitments, expense and social gatherings. A caring role can make a difference to how we view and experience the festive season. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who want to reflect on how Christmas has changed for them. Weekly Breakdown Christmas is often promoted as a time for family and a time for happiness and a…

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Do you help someone make decisions about their money and lifestyle? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers of adults who are supporting someone who struggles with decision making perhaps due to learning disability, brain injury, stroke or dementia. Weekly Breakdown A session to look at formal methods of supporting someone who is unable to or has difficulty making decisions for themselves. What carers will get from this course Practical information about POA and Guardianship. A safe environment…

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Join other carers for an interesting and relaxing day out. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are in need of a break from caring or who would like the opportunity to meet new people. Weekly Breakdown Visit Dynamic Earth to learn the history of our planet. What carers will get from this course A fun and relaxing day out with other carers.

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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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Christmas can be a fun time but it can also be challenging for many people. There are often a lot of commitments, expense and social gatherings. A caring role can make a difference to how we view and experience the festive season. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who want to reflect on how Christmas has changed for them. Weekly Breakdown Christmas is often promoted as a time for family and a time for happiness and a…

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