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January 2022

Moving and handling

Wed 19 January, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Many carers report problems with their backs, learn basic techniques to protect your back in everyday life and in your caring role. This session will NOT include using equipment like hoists and glide sheets. 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 the Taking Care of Your Back course, carers will: Develop an understanding of what might cause musculoskeletal…

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Pilates for dementia carers

Wed 19 January, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wed 23 February, 2022

Do you care for someone with dementia? Led by an experienced instructor this series of Pilates classes have been provided to VOCAL by Edinburgh Leisure’s Movement for Memories programme. Take time for yourself to enjoy learning and trying Pilates. Duration: 7 weeks (12th January - 23rd February) Who are these online sessions for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. The person you care for has dementia. Open to carers who…

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Evening winter wellbeing for carers

Wed 19 January, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

**This course is now full, to join the waiting list please email carertraining@vocal.org.uk**   Winter can be a tough time when it comes to caring for ourselves. Join us on this 6 week wellbeing program, which is designed to help you explore various aspects of your wellbeing and to inspire positive change. Duration: 6 weeks (19th January - 23rd February) Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in…

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Walking Group (Cramond)

Thu 20 January, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

This is an opportunity to get together with others, and make walking a habit. Join us for a walk in your local area! Who is this session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this session By the end of this session carers will have: Built more confidence in walking. Increased energy and fitness levels. Met other carers. Delivered by Aga Newsome, Carer Training Officer at VOCAL. Aga…

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Wellbeing Workshops

Fri 21 January, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road
EDINBURGH, EH10 4DP United Kingdom
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This five week course explores five ways to Wellbeing. Based on New Economic Foundation Report we will explore the most effective and the most researched ways of enhancing mental and physical wellbeing. You can sign up for a full course or only for sessions that you are interested in. Course content: Session 1 (21.02): Breathing Session 2 (07.03): Mindfulness and grounding Session 3 (21.03): Relationships Session 4 (04.04): Thinking styles Session 5 (18.04): Resilience Duration: 5 sessions over 10 weeks…

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Mindful crochet

Wed 26 January, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

**This event is now fully booked** The course tutor Leigh has developed a creative crochet course which also  has an element of mindfulness. The course will give participants the chance to learn or hone  their  crochet and mindfulness skills while carving out some important 'me time'. All materials will be sent to your home prior to the course and no prior experience is needed for crochet or mindfulness. Duration: 6 weeks (26th January - 2nd March) Who is this online…

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Stress Management

Wed 26 January, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Every day carers tell us how stressed they are feeling. This can be due to lots of reasons but can have a huge impact on their overall health and wellbeing. In this course, learn more about stress and its impact and develop techniques to plan for and manage the symptoms of stress. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers who would like to reflect…

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Room for Art

Thu 27 January, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

VOCAL is pleased to welcome Room for Art sessions to VOCAL. Join Heather, an artist from Room for Art, for eight art workshops via the comfort of your own home. Art packs will be provided to you prior to the course starting and over the weeks you will be guided to produce art works. Duration: 8 weeks (27th January - 17th March) Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a…

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Understanding Parkinsons

Thu 27 January, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Do you are care for someone with Parkinsons? This course gives you the opportunity to learn about the condition, share how it impacts you as a carer, and meet other carers. Duration: 2 weeks (27th January & 3rd February) Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh. Outcomes of this online session By attending this block of Parkinsons courses, carers will: Know more about Parkinsons. Be able…

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Dealing with guilt (Midlothian)

Thu 27 January, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A session to support carers to explore the meaning and purpose of guilt and how to better manage the guilt often experienced with caring. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Midlothian. Outcomes of this online session The definition and purpose of guilt. The reasons why carers feel guilt and how it affects them. Tips and ideas on reducing feelings of guilt. Meet other carers. Share and…

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February 2022

Beginners guide to eBay

Tue 1 February, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Decluttering, moving home, emptying the home of a loved one who has passed or gone into care, or just wanting to raise some extra cash. VOCAL’s social enterprise 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 new home. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only.…

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Dealing with loss (Face to face)

Fri 4 February, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Carers often deal with many losses throughout their experience of caring and don’t get the opportunity or space to reflect and talk about them. In this session you will learn more about the process of loss (including bereavement) and how to find ways of accepting and navigating emotions. Who is this session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers who would like to explore and come to terms with…

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Dealing with anger (Face to face)

Tue 8 February, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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This workshop helps us to reflect on, process, and develop coping strategies for feelings of anger. Who is this session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this session We will: Discuss the role and purpose of anger. Look at the reasons why carers feel anger or frustration. Explore anger through the ABC model. Share how to develop healthy and positive ways to manage anger. Delivered by Aga…

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Happiness through self care

Tue 8 February, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

** Please note that the time of this event has changed to what is advertised in the programme - it is now running at 2.00pm - 4.00pm** Join this masterclass with Sam Littlejohn, for a discussion about self-care and the importance of it. 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 In this masterclass carers will cover the following: What self-care…

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Dealing with guilt

Thu 10 February, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This session will help carers to explore the meaning and purpose of the feeling of guilt and manage guilt they experience. 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 session we will have explored: The definition and purpose of guilt. The reasons why carers feel guilt and how it affects them. Tips and ideas on reducing…

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Finding balance (Midlothian)

Thu 10 February, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us and explore the challenges of managing multiple demands in life and strategies on finding balance to maintain wellbeing. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Midlothian. Outcomes of this online session Learn to find balance in your caring role. Meet and chat with other carers. Share and exchange knowledge with others. Time for yourself to enhance your own health & wellbeing. Delivered by Charmaine Sutherland,…

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Emotional regulation

Fri 11 February, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This one hour event that will focus on exploring basic theory and ways in which we can self-regulate. Suitable for everybody, who has spare hour and wants to know more about regulation of their own emotional states and how it can affect their caring role. 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 During this event carers will: Explore basic theory…

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Yoga for carers

Fri 11 February, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Led by an experienced yoga instructor, this short online block of sessions is open to carers new to yoga, or those who would like to have a bit more practice. Duration: 4 weeks (11th February - 4th March) 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 block of yoga classes carers will: Have time to themselves. Try yoga…

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Carer wellbeing information session

Fri 11 February, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Want to focus on your wellbeing, but not sure what services and support are on offer? Join us in this session to find out! 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 session, you will have: An awareness of the different services in Edinburgh that provide support for wellbeing. Thought about activities that they might want…

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Walking Group (Portobello)

Mon 14 February, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tumbles at Portobello, 20 Westbank Street
EDINBURGH, EH15 1DR United Kingdom
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This is an opportunity to get together with others, and make walking a habit. Join us for a walk in your local area! Who is this session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this session By the end of the session/event/course carers will have: Build more confidence in walking. Increase energy and fitness levels. Meet others. Delivered by Aga Newsome, Carer Training Officer at VOCAL. Aga has…

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