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January 2020

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

Mon 27 January, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
VOCAL Midlothian Carer Centre, 30/1 Hardengreen Estate, Dalhousie Road
DALKEITH, Midlothian EH22 3NX United Kingdom
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VOCAL Midlothian and The Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCIL) are jointly hosting a group for parents and carers of disabled children and young people living in Midlothian. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Parents and carers of disabled children and young people with additional support needs living in Midlothian. 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…

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Seated Exercise

Mon 27 January, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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A system of exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness. Duration: 3 weeks (27th January, 3rd & 10th February) Who is this course 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 who have tried it before. Weekly Breakdown Weekly sessions led by an experienced volunteer allowing carers to work at their own pace…

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Laughter Yoga (January)

Tue 28 January, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Often carers tell us they can’t remember the last time they had a good laugh. Try this fun class to learn how to generate laughter from the body rather than the mind – empowering us to access laughter when we don’t feel like laughing or even when we feel we have nothing to laugh about. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are looking to de-stress, meet other carers and have a good laugh!! Weekly Breakdown One…

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Poetry Appreciation

Wed 29 January, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central Library, 7-9 George IV Bridge
EDINBURGH, EH1 1EG United Kingdom
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A chance of come together read, talk about and write poetry. Duration: 5 weeks (29th January, 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th February) Who is this course for? Anyone with an interest in meeting others and exploring poetry. No previous experience in poetry reading, writing or appreciation is required. Weekly Breakdown The group will look at an exploration of 20th Century Scottish Poetry. What carers will get from this course An opportunity to explore a new hobby or revisit an old…

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Supporting someone with decisions

Wed 29 January, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Do you help someone make decisions about their money and lifestyle? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers of adults who are supporting someone who struggles with decisions making perhaps due to learning disability, brain injury, stroke or dementia. Weekly Breakdown A session to look at formal methods of supporting someone who is unable to or has difficulty making decisions themselves including: The reasons behind why you want to support someone else with their decision-making. The process of…

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Caring for someone with dementia and understanding challenging behaviour

Thu 30 January, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Caring for someone with dementia can sometimes mean dealing with behaviour we find challenging, confusing or hard to live with. Perhaps someone has become stubborn, aggressive, confused, has hallucinations or is just very different to before. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who want to understand more about what triggers the behaviours we find challenging and how to lessen them or cope with them. Weekly Breakdown Delivered by a Specialist Nurse this course explores why some of…

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Emergency Planning

Thu 30 January, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Many carers are concerned about what would happen if something happened to them or if there was an emergency. This workshop helps carers to think through options and to write their own personalised Emergency Plan. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for anyone caring for someone with concerns about what would happen in an emergency. Weekly Breakdown Outcomes for the session: Explained what an Emergency Plan is and why its important to do one. Completed…

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Break Ready

Fri 31 January, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Many carers feel they need a break from their caring role. This workshop looks at how to access breaks and how we can make sure we are ‘break ready’ and maximise the impact of any breaks we access. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are interested in taking a break from their caring role. Weekly Breakdown The session will explore: What does a break mean to you and why it’s so important for you to get…

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February 2020

Jewellery Making

Mon 3 February, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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This course is now fully booked, although there is a waiting list operating. Please contact us for more details. A relaxing jewellery making course, participants will be supported to make their own small jewellery pieces. Duration: 4 weeks (3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th February) Who is this course for? Carers who enjoy art, craft or want to relax. No previous experience required. Weekly Breakdown Each week there will be the opportunity to learn and try techniques and make items for…

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Help in the home and garden

Wed 5 February, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Caring can be challenging and time consuming and often we find some day to day tasks we run out of time for or we are no longer able to complete. Many carers are juggling more than one home and garden which can make things particularly difficult. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are interested in getting some help to manage their homes and gardens. Weekly Breakdown The session will explore: What tasks we are juggling in…

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Know your Rights for parent carers (Midlothian)

Wed 5 February, 2020 @ 10:45 am - 2:30 pm
VOCAL Midlothian Carer Centre, 30/1 Hardengreen Estate, Dalhousie Road
DALKEITH, Midlothian EH22 3NX United Kingdom
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This course aims to improve knowledge and confidence of parents/carers when accessing support and knowing what your rights/entitlements are. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Midlothian parents/carers who care for a disabled child (any age) or a child with additional support needs. Weekly Breakdown If you would like to improve your knowledge on your rights as a parent/carer, increase your ability to self-advocate and learn more about how to complain if you rights aren’t met then come along…

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Carer Mindfulness Group (5th Feb)(Midlothian)

Wed 5 February, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
VOCAL Midlothian Carer Centre, 30/1 Hardengreen Estate, Dalhousie Road
DALKEITH, Midlothian EH22 3NX United Kingdom
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Many people use mindfulness to help them lead a calmer and less stressed life and to help improve their sense of wellbeing. Duration: 1 week Who is this group for? Unpaid carers living or caring in the Midlothian local authority. Weekly Breakdown We have a small group of carers who meet fortnightly to participate in group mindfulness together to help them relax and de-stress. Please note that in order to join the group you must have previous knowledge and already…

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Basic benefits (6th February)

Thu 6 February, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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A session explaining the key benefits for people who are ill, disabled or caring. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are not currently accessing any welfare benefits, or carers who have recently had a change of circumstances. Weekly Breakdown In this session: Learn about benefits that may be applicable to the person you care for. Learn about benefits that may be applicable to you as a carer. Get more information on how to apply for relevant…

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Know your Rights (LCiL)

Thu 6 February, 2020 @ 10:45 am - 2:30 pm
Norton Park Conference Centre, Albion Road
EDINBURGH, EH7 5QY United Kingdom
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Do you want to: Improve your knowledge of your rights? Increase your ability to self-advocate? Learn how to make a complaint if your rights aren’t met? Meet new people and increase your confidence? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for parent carers of a disabled child (any age) or a child with additional support needs. Weekly Breakdown At this workshop we’ll cover: Where, when and how to get support. Where to go for support/advocacy with…

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Stress Management (Wester Hailes)

Fri 7 February, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, 30 Harvesters Way
EDINBURGH, EH14 3JF United Kingdom
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This session is designed to help carers to understand stress and it's impact. Share and develop techniques to manage the stress that comes with caring. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their relationship with stress. Weekly Breakdown Understand what stress is and how it affects the body. Explore what causes you stress. Discuss the impact of stress on you. Get ideas and share tips on how to manage stress.…

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Employment Rights for Carers (PM)

Tue 11 February, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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This workshop is being offered to help carers who are juggling employment and a caring role to understand their rights. The seminar will cover a range of topics including:- Flexible working, rights to time off, the rights of discrimination legislation. We are offering it in the evening to increase accessibility for carers who work. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are working and caring or those looking to return to work and would like to know…

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Understanding Hearing loss (with free hearing check)

Wed 12 February, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Many carers and people they support have hearing difficulties. This session explains how this comes about, how it can be avoided and how to live well with hearing difficulties. There will also be the possibility of a free one-to one hearing check for carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers supporting someone with hearing difficulties or who have their own hearing difficulties. Weekly Breakdown Learn about hearing loss and take part in an optional free hearing check.…

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Understanding Dementia and Caring

Thu 13 February, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Understanding Dementia course for carers supporting someone in the mid-stages of dementia. This course provides information from nurses in week one about what dementia is, treatments and coping strategies. A VOCAL trainer takes the group through the rest of the course talking about the practical aspects such as money matters and accessing support and also looking at how caring affects you and the relationships you have. Duration: 5 weeks (13th, 20th, 27th February, 5th & 12th March) Who is this…

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Carer Coffee Morning with guest speaker (February)(Midlothian)

Tue 18 February, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
VOCAL Midlothian Carer Centre, 30/1 Hardengreen Estate, Dalhousie Road
DALKEITH, Midlothian EH22 3NX United Kingdom
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Opportunity to meet with other carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this coffee morning for? Unpaid carers who live or care for someone in Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown Come along 10-11am and enjoy a cuppa and blether with other carers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. From 11am-12noon: Equal Futures – information on support available for adults with learning disabilities and autism and their families to make social connections through Volunteer Befrienders and Group Facilitators. What carers will get from this…

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Coping with Anger (The Haven)

Wed 19 February, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Haven, 25B Burgess Road
South Queensferry, EH30 9JA United Kingdom
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Carers can feel angry or frustrated by situations. This workshop helps us to reflect on, process and develop coping strategies for feelings of anger. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who at times feel angry or frustrated. This session explores the carers own issues around anger. Weekly Breakdown 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. We will share how…

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