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September 2020

Thinking about Anticipatory Care Planning

Wed 30 September, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

People with long-term conditions or chronic health problems can benefit from having an Anticipatory Care Plan in place. This workshop explains the process and options in more detail. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session 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. Outcomes of this online session By the end of the session we will have explored: A description…

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Peer Support for parent & carers (Midlothian)(September)

Wed 30 September, 2020 @ 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. Weekly Breakdown At the meeting, you will: Have the opportunity to share experiences, suggest future topics and guest speakers. Meet other parents and carers. Explore ideas and opportunities around support. Find…

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October 2020

Learn how to Zoom! (October)

Tue 6 October, 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 and would like to lean more or increase their confidence using it. Outcomes of this online session This session is flexed to meet the needs of those…

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Communicating online and over the phone

Thu 8 October, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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? Any carer who would like to learn more about how we communicate including simple, practical tips to communicate clearly and confidently online or over the phone.…

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Online Seated Exercise

Mon 12 October, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Try seated exercise from the comfort of your own home! This taster sessions introduces exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness. Join this session with a chair, a bit of space around you and some water nearby. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? For carers who want to improve fitness, strength or to improve mental health. This course is appropriate for carers with no previous experience of seated exercise or for those…

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Mindfulness

Wed 14 October, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mindfulness is a practice that allows you to pay attention to the present moment, your own thoughts and feelings and to the world around you, which could be particularly helpful to carers in the current situation with Coronavirus. This nine week course is tailored to carers, will be led by a tutor and allow time for peer to peer support. Duration: 9 weeks (14th October - 9th December) Who is this online session for? Any carer (can be new to…

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Supporting someone to make decisions

Fri 16 October, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A session to look at formal methods of supporting someone who is unable to or has difficulty making decisions themselves, including Power of Attorney and Guardianship. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers of adults who are supporting someone who struggles with decisions making perhaps due to learning disability, brain injury, stroke or dementia. Outcomes of this online session Explore the reasons behind supporting someone else with their decision-making. Discuss the process of Power of Attorney. Discuss…

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Carer Coffee Morning (Midlothian)(October)

Wed 21 October, 2020 @ 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. Weekly Breakdown Grab a cuppa and join us for a chat; great opportunity to meet with other carers and allow yourself some time to relax! What carers will get from this online session Opportunity to meet other carers. Reduce social isolation. Share experiences with others. Online…

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Wee Breaks Skills Share (Midlothian)(October)

Thu 22 October, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 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: 1 week Who is this online session 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 throughout lockdown to help with…

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Dealing with Loss

Tue 27 October, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

In this session you will learn more about the process of loss (including bereavement) and how to find ways of accepting and navigating emotions.  Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who would like to explore and come to terms with any losses they have experienced. Outcomes of this online session By the end of the session you will have will explored loss, grief and their connection, different types of losses including those associated with losses associated with being a…

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Peer Support for parent & carers (Midlothian)(October)

Wed 28 October, 2020 @ 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. Weekly Breakdown At the meeting, you will: Have the opportunity to share experiences, suggest future topics and guest speakers. Meet other parents and carers. Explore ideas and opportunities around support. Find…

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Evening Carer Relaxation Session (October)

Wed 28 October, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Enjoy a virtual relaxation session – de-stress, switch-off, rejuvenate and relax with Alison, a Yoga instructor and complimentary therapist. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Any carer who would like to take the time to relax and focus on their own wellbeing. Outcomes of this online session De-stress, switch-off, rejuvenate and relax. 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…

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Stress Management (October)

Thu 29 October, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Learn more about stress and its impact and develop techniques to plan for and manage the symptoms of stress. Duration: 1 week Who is this session for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their relationship with stress. Outcomes of the session Understand what stress is and how it affects the body. Explore what causes you stress. Discuss the impact of stress on you. Collate ideas and shared tips on how to manage stress. Delivered by Rebecca Caulfield,…

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Understanding Dementia

Fri 30 October, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Do you care for someone with dementia? Led by an experienced dementia nurse this session will help you understand the basics of dementia and some of the challenges that come with the condition. There will be an opportunity to be able ask questions. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Led by an experienced dementia nurse this session is aimed at carers supporting someone in the early or mid-stages of dementia. Outcomes of this online session The following…

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November 2020

Preparing for winter

Tue 3 November, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Find out about support and services available to you and the person you care for in winter. Duration: 2 weeks (3rd & 10th November) Who is this online session for? Any carer who would like more information on some of the support available to help cope with the colder/winter months. Outcomes of this online session By the end of the session the following topics will be covered: Week 1: We will focus on energy efficiency with hot water and heating.…

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Stress Management (November)

Wed 4 November, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Learn more about stress and its impact and develop techniques to plan for and manage the symptoms of stress. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their relationship with stress. Outcomes of this online session Understand what stress is and how it affects the body. Explore what causes you stress. Discuss the impact of stress on you. Collate ideas and shared tips on how to manage stress. Delivered by…

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Evening Carer Relaxation Session (4th November)

Wed 4 November, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Enjoy a virtual relaxation session – de-stress, switch-off, rejuvenate and relax with Alison, a Yoga instructor and complimentary therapist. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Any carer who would like to take the time to relax and focus on their own wellbeing. Outcomes of this online session De-stress, switch-off, rejuvenate and relax. 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…

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Basic First Aid for carers

Tue 10 November, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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. Outcomes of this online session This online session will teach carers how…

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Evening Carer Relaxation Session (11th November)

Wed 11 November, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Enjoy a virtual relaxation session – de-stress, switch-off, rejuvenate and relax with Alison, a Yoga instructor and complimentary therapist. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Any carer who would like to take the time to relax and focus on their own wellbeing. Outcomes of this online session De-stress, switch-off, rejuvenate and relax. 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…

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Learn how to Zoom! (November)

Thu 12 November, 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 and would like to lean more or increase their confidence using it. Outcomes of this online session This session is flexed to meet the needs of those…

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