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March 2021

Self Confidence and Self Esteem – what this means to you

Tue 2 March, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Led and co-facilitated by two trainee counsellors these group sessions will give carers the opportunity to reflect on their own self confidence and self-esteem. The course will provide the opportunity to reflect and think about what that means to them. Sessions will be tailored to the group on a week to week basis. Duration: 8 weeks (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th March, 6th, 13th & 20th April) Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers…

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Introduction To Treasure Tree and how we can help each other

Wed 3 March, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 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 new home. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh…

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Stress Management (2 weeks)

Fri 5 March, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Learn more about stress and its impact and develop techniques to plan for and manage the symptoms of stress. Duration: 2 weeks (5th & 12th March) 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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Self Directed Support (SDS)– Next Steps for Parents and Carers

Tue 9 March, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

As a parent carer have you been able to secure Self Directed Support and not sure how you go about spending the payments? This session gives information on how to make the support work for you and your child. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This workshop is for parents and carers of disabled children and children with additional support needs who have an SDS package. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for…

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Basic Benefits

Thu 11 March, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Information about benefits available to carers and the people they care for, as well as information on some of the changes to benefits due to COVID-19. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who are not currently accessing benefits but would like to know more information about what they or the person they care for could be entitled to and for carers who think there might be a change in the benefits they or the person they…

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Pilates for Dementia Carers

Thu 11 March, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Do you care for someone with dementia? Led by an experienced instructor this short 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: 3 weeks (11th, 18th & 25th March) Who is this online session 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…

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Caring for someone with Dementia and managing behaviour that challenges

Fri 12 March, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Do you care for someone with dementia? Led by an experienced dementia nurse this webinar 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. This session is aimed at someone who has mid to…

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Dealing with Anger (On zoom)

Wed 17 March, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This workshop helps us to reflect on, process, and develop coping strategies for feelings of anger. Duration: 3 weeks (17th, 24th & 31st March) Who is this online session for? Carers who at times feel angry or frustrated. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session In Weeks 1 and 2 we will: Discuss the role and purpose of anger. Look at the reasons why carers feel…

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Changing Relationships (On zoom)

Fri 19 March, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This workshop helps carers understand how relationships work, what they mean to us, and how caring affects them. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who would like the time to reflect on their relationships with the person they care for, family and friends. 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: Looked at relationships…

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Virtual Coffee Morning (March)(Midlothian)

Tue 23 March, 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 online session for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Midlothian. Outcomes of this online session 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 a great opportunity to…

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Learn to Zoom! (March)

Wed 24 March, 2021 @ 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 and would like to lean more or increase their confidence using it. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh…

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Basic first aid for carers

Thu 25 March, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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 online session for? Carers who would like to understand what to do in the event of an accident or injury in the home. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a…

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Online Midlothian Craft group (March)

Thu 25 March, 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: 1 week 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. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Midlothian local authority area only. Weekly Breakdown Find time for…

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Peer Support for Parents & Carers (March)(Midlothian)

Wed 31 March, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 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. Outcomes of this online session This session is relaxed and friendly and an opportunity to meet with other parent carers where you can share, learn and support each other. At the…

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April 2021

Caring for a child with additional support needs and coping with behaviour that challenges

Thu 29 April, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Please note the online session that was due to be held on the 14th & 21st January has been postponed. The new dates are 29th April & 6th May. Led by VOCAL, and a Clinical Psychologist from CAHMS, this session explores behaviour that challenges and shares tips and advice for coping with this. Duration: 2 weeks (29th April & 6th May) Who is this online session for? This course is designed for parents/carers of someone under 16 with additional support…

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