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February 2022

Book Club (February)

Tue 15 February, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Central Library, 7-9 George IV Bridge
EDINBURGH, EH1 1EG United Kingdom
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Join us for a chat about all things books! We will choose a book together and meet regularly at the Central Library to have a discussion about what we have read. 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 carers will have: The opportunity to meet others. Chat about books and share experiences. Each month a new…

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Introduction to making your voice heard (Face to face)

Wed 16 February, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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This interactive session aims to build on the knowledge and skills carers already have to increase their confidence to self-advocate or participate in formal meetings and assessments or get involved in consultations on an equal footing with professionals. 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 This session will cover the following: What we mean when we talk about self-advocacy and participation. Why…

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Wellbeing chats

Mon 21 February, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join these five sessions to enhance your wellbeing. Topics that will be covered include: Breathing, Mindfulness and grounding, relationships, thinking styles and resilience. You can sign up for a full course, or choose the sessions that you are interested in. Duration: 5 weeks (Held fortnightly 21st February - 18th April) Who are these online sessions for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of these online sessions By the end…

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Dealing with guilt (Face to face)

Thu 24 February, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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This session will help carers to explore the meaning and purpose of the feeling of guilt and manage guilt they experience. 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 course 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 feelings of…

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Crisis Skills

Fri 25 February, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This two hour workshop focuses on exploring skills to tackle the crisis. Based on the same theories and principles as the Coping Strategies course, this short workshop is ideal for people who want to get a taste of what is offered on a longer course. Who is this online course for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online course This session will help carers: Understand what stress…

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March 2022

Changing relationships

Wed 2 March, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This workshop helps carers understand how relationships work, what they mean to us, and how caring affects them. 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 the time to reflect on their relationships with the person they care for, family and friends. Outcomes of this online session By the end of the session we will have: Looked at relationships and how becoming…

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Moving and Handling (Face to face)

Thu 3 March, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Learn basic moving and handling, which will help you support others with their mobility safely. This session will NOT include using equipment like hoists and glide sheets. 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 the carer will: Have a better understanding of how to protect their back while carrying out manual handling tasks. Develop techniques to…

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Getting a break from caring (Face to face)

Wed 9 March, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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A workshop on options for planning a break from caring. Learn about the support and services available. 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 find out more about what options are available to enable them to get a break from their caring role. Outcomes of this session By the end of the session carers will have: Explored what a break from…

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Walking Group (South Queensferry)

Wed 16 March, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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 carers will have: Built more confidence in walking. Increased energy and fitness levels. Met with other carers. Delivered by Aga Newsome, Carer Training Officer at VOCAL.…

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A break from caring (Midlothian)

Thu 17 March, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A workshop exploring how to plan for a break from caring and accessing funds and opportunities. Also learn about the support and services available for replacement care. 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 Explore the importance and meaning of getting a break. Look at what options are now available to get a break from your caring role. List the funding…

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Coping with change

Thu 17 March, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This session explores what has changed in your life since caring, the process we go through when things change and how to cope with these changes in this challenging time. 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 Reflect on the changes that have happened in our lives. Consider how these changes impact us. Find out about the process of loss…

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Generating money with eBay

Wed 23 March, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Figured out how to buy and sell on eBay? Debbie from Treasure Tree will explain how VOCAL can help you to generate profit for yourself and also be able to give something back. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers who just want to know more about Treasure Tree and have been on the session ‘Introduction to buying and selling on eBay’. Carers who…

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In the Same Boat: A boat trip for people affected by another’s drug/alcohol use.

Tue 29 March, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

VOCAL FSA, in conjunction with The Sorted Project, are offering a unique opportunity for family members and friends affected by someone else’s drug/alcohol use to spend an afternoon on board ‘The Panacea’.  Leaving from Ratho village, this barge boat will travel along the union canal through some areas of natural beauty just outside Edinburgh. You will be provided with lunch and refreshments. The crew of The Panacea are all people in long-term recovery from addiction and your fellow passengers are…

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