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July 2020

Crafty Carers goes Online! (13/7)

Mon 13 July, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Do you enjoy craft but miss the group setting? Join us for online craft and chat. Bring your own craft project, have a chat and get advice from our crafting volunteers. Duration: 3 weeks (13th - 27th July) Who is this online session for? Carers who have an interest in crafts and would like to meet other carers. No previous experience or skills are required. Outcomes of this online session Find time for yourself at this difficult time. Come to…

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Crisis and opportunity – finding new ways to manage stress

Tue 14 July, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

During the COVID-19 pandemic you may have found it more difficult to do some of the things that usually help you stay calm. This interactive session will give ideas about new things you can try and ways to look at things differently to keep physically and mentally healthy. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Any carer who would like to find out more about how to manage their own feelings of stress at this difficult time. Outcomes…

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Emergency Planning

Thu 23 July, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

A workshop on options for planning for an emergency. You will be supported to write a personalised Emergency Plan, which is important now more than ever. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This course is for anyone caring for someone with concerns about what would happen in an emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic and after. Outcomes of this online session Explained what an Emergency Plan is and why its important to do one. Completed sections of the…

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Wee Breaks Skills Share – (Midlothian)

Thu 23 July, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Maintaining social interaction with others via digital resources is a good way to reduce the feeling of isolation and allow you some time to look after yourself and maintain your own health & wellbeing. Duration: 2 weeks (23rd July & 20th August) Who are these online sessions for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown Join us via Zoom to meet and interact with other carers; show us your creations and things you have done…

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Carer Coffee Morning with guest speaker (Midlothian)

Tue 28 July, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Connecting with others has never been so important; join us for our online coffee morning with David and Hazel from Wee Breaks Midlothian. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown Join us via Zoom for our virtual coffee morning and find out more about Wee Breaks and the opportunities and support available to carers in Midlothian. What carers will get from this online session Opportunity to…

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Carer Relaxation session (29/7)

Wed 29 July, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Caring during the current pandemic can be even more difficult than usual and it is important that you look after yourself too! Duration: 1 week Who is these online session for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Edinburgh or Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown Make time for you, introduce some more self care into your life, press the pause button and enjoy guided visualisations, release the breath and sink into bliss! Book in and enjoy a virtual relaxation session;…

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Caring for someone with Dementia and managing behaviour that challenges

Fri 31 July, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Do you care for someone with dementia? Led by an experienced dementia nurse this course will help you understand and manage behaviour you might find distressing or hard to deal with. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who care for someone with dementia and who want to understand more about what triggers the behaviours we find challenging and how to lessen them or cope with them. Outcomes of this online session Explore why some of the…

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August 2020

Managing relationships during difficult times

Wed 5 August, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

According to a recent Relate survey, around a quarter of relationships are reported to be under strain at this challenging time, understand what is happening to those relationships, find out you’re not alone and get advice on how to cope with these changes. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Anyone who provides unpaid care for someone else (over and above Coronavirus). Outcomes of this online session By the end of the session we will have explored: The…

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Carer Relaxation session (5/8)

Wed 5 August, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Caring during the current pandemic can be even more difficult than usual and it is important that you look after yourself too! Duration: 1 week Who is these online session for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Edinburgh or Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown Make time for you, introduce some more self care into your life, press the pause button and enjoy guided visualisations, release the breath and sink into bliss! Book in and enjoy a virtual relaxation session;…

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Don’t lose sleep over it

Tue 11 August, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Carers often struggle to get enough sleep and coping with the impact of coronavirus has made it even harder for many to get a good night's sleep. In this session you will get a better understanding of your sleep difficulties and learn some simple ways to improve your sleep. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Any carer who is struggling to get quality sleep. Outcomes of this online session By the end of the session you will…

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Carer Relaxation session (12/8)

Wed 12 August, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Caring during the current pandemic can be even more difficult than usual and it is important that you look after yourself too! Duration: 1 week Who is these online session for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Edinburgh or Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown Make time for you, introduce some more self care into your life, press the pause button and enjoy guided visualisations, release the breath and sink into bliss! Book in and enjoy a virtual relaxation session;…

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Learn how to Zoom (August)

Thu 13 August, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Drop into this session to increase your confidence in using Zoom. VOCAL delivers its online training programme via Zoom so coming to the session will let you fully access our other courses. Duration:1 week Who is this online session for? Any carer who is new to Zoom or has used Zoom before. Outcomes of this online session This session is flexed to meet the needs of those who come onto it so please come with any questions or queries about…

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Communicating online and over the phone

Mon 17 August, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our face to face interactions have gone online or over the phone. Learn about how this can impact communication and how best to speak up for yourself and the person you care for over the phone or online. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Anyone who would like to learn more about how we communicate including simple, practical tips to communicate clearly and confidently online or over the phone. Outcomes…

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Habits of Happiness

Tue 18 August, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

This 7-week course looks at a range of tools and techniques to help improve resilience, self-esteem, happiness & wellbeing. Take time out during this difficult period to focus on your emotional health and happiness. Duration: 7 weeks (18th August - 29th September) Who is this online session for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their lifestyle, mood and stress levels at this difficult time. Outcomes of this online session Sam, an experienced and professional tutor shares techniques…

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Self-Harm awareness session

Tue 18 August, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This workshop helps you debunk self-harm myths and defines self-harm, understanding why people self-harm. It will also explore how people can recover from self-harm and give tools and tips for how to support someone who self-harms. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who are supporting someone who is self-harming or would like more information on self-harm. Outcomes of this online session By the end of the session you will have: An increased understanding of difficulties that…

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Carer Relaxation session (19/8)

Wed 19 August, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Caring during the current pandemic can be even more difficult than usual and it is important that you look after yourself too! Duration: 1 week Who is these online session for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Edinburgh or Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown Make time for you, introduce some more self care into your life, press the pause button and enjoy guided visualisations, release the breath and sink into bliss! Book in and enjoy a virtual relaxation session;…

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Reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic and your life

Wed 26 August, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Take time to reflect with other carers on how this will be a pivotal moment in history. Think about how the lasting effects COVID-19 (and the social changes that will come from it) will change us. Life might never be the same again. How do we share that story, learn from it and let it shape who we are? Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Any carer who would like to use this time to reflect and…

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September 2020

Caring and COVID-19 – everything you need to know

Tue 1 September, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This webinar supplies information on services and support available to carers, including how VOCAL can help you and the person you care for during Coronavirus. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Anyone who provides unpaid care for someone else (over and above Coronavirus). Outcomes of this online session An explanation of the situation for carers due to Coronavirus and some of the challenges carers now face. An insight into what is being done Nationally and Locally to…

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Domestic Abuse Information session

Wed 9 September, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Are you worried about the safety and wellbeing of someone? What can you do if you suspect someone is a victim of domestic abuse, without making it worse? This session will help you understand more about domestic abuse and how to support someone you think may be in this situation. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who are worried about the safety and wellbeing of someone who is experiencing domestic abuse or would like more information…

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Making your Money Go Further

Fri 11 September, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

A workshop sharing information about discounts, reductions and more to make your money go further. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This course is for any carer who would like to know more about making their money go a bit further. Outcomes of this online session By the end of the session we will have discussed how to make your money go further through the following areas. These discounts and savings are relevant to carers and the…

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