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February 2020

Laughter Yoga (February)

Mon 24 February, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 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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Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid: Young People (Midlothian)

Wed 26 February, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
VOCAL Midlothian Carer Centre, 30/1 Hardengreen Estate, Dalhousie Road
DALKEITH, Midlothian EH22 3NX United Kingdom
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Many parents/carers worry about how to approach young people who may be experiencing mental health issues – come along and find out more about mental health in young people and improve your confidence in talking about it. Note that this course does not train people to be mental health workers. It offers basic general information about mental health problems. The knowledge presented and understanding developed in the course helps to remove stigma and fear and to give confidence in approaching…

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Basic Benefits (26th February)

Wed 26 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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Peer Support for parent & carers (February)(Midlothian)

Thu 27 February, 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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It’s hard for me too” – Understanding substance use and addiction

Thu 27 February, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Many family members and friends of people using drugs or alcohol find it hard to know how to respond to and cope with the situation. This short informal course helps to understand concerns others have to understand substance use, the law, services to support people to reduce or stop drug or alcohol use. Duration: 4 weeks (27th February, 5th, 12th & 19th March) Who is this course for? Anyone concerned about a loved one’s substance use. Weekly Breakdown Week One…

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After Caring

Fri 28 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 a challenging and time consuming experience and when our caring role ends or changes we might find ourselves unsure of how to reconnect with old friends, old interests and past times. This course explores how we can move forward after caring. Duration: 2 weeks (28th February & 6th March) Who is this course for? Carers who have recently experienced a significant change in their caring role. Perhaps a loved one has moved into a care home, begun…

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March 2020

Basic First Aid (March)

Tue 3 March, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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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 course for? Carers who want to understand what to do in the event of an accident, injury or life threatening incident. Weekly Breakdown The course will teach carers how to respond to a variety of…

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Stress Management (St Columbas church)

Wed 4 March, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
St Columba’s Free Church, Johnston Terrace
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2PW
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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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Empowering conversations for parent carers (Midlothian)

Wed 4 March, 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 around having good conversations. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Midlothian parents/carers who care for a disabled children, a child with additional support needs or with long term conditions. Weekly Breakdown Come along and learn more on empowering conversations to give yourself the best chance of getting what your child needs, learn about how to challenge decisions affecting you and your child and meet with parents/carers in similar…

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Carer Mindfulness Group (4th March)(Midlothian)

Wed 4 March, 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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Crafty Carers

Mon 9 March, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 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. Craft sessions for fun and relaxation. Duration: 3 weeks (9th, 16th & 23rd March) Who is this course for? Carers who enjoy crafts or want to relax. No previous experience required. Weekly Breakdown Each week there will be the opportunity to try a new craft technique and make items for your home or gifts. What carers will get from this course…

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Caring for someone with a Brain injury

Tue 10 March, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Led by Edinburgh Headway this session focuses on brain injuries, impact of caring for someone with a brain injury and tips and advice for carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers of someone with a brain injury. Weekly Breakdown Basic Brain anatomy and physiology. Consequences of Brain Injury. Coping strategies. Empathy exercises (an interactive opportunity to experience some of the effects of ABI). Impact on the carer, what to expect, services and support for both carer and…

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Coping with loss (The Haven)

Wed 11 March, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Haven, 25B Burgess Road
South Queensferry, EH30 9JA United Kingdom
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Caring brings about many lifestyle changes and at times carers experience losses. In this workshop we look at how loss can affect us and the stages we may go through when we are confronted with different kinds of loss. This workshop would be appropriate for those recently bereaved, carers who are facing bereavement and also carers dealing with other kinds of loss. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to explore and come to terms…

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Making your money go further (Wester Hailes)

Fri 13 March, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, 30 Harvesters Way
EDINBURGH, EH14 3JF United Kingdom
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Illness and disability can be expensive and many carers find that it is harder to make ends meet, or that their money does not go as far now they are in a caring role. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who want to check they are receiving all they are entitled to and look at how they could make their money go further. Weekly Breakdown This session will introduce carers to the world of welfare benefits and…

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Yoga for Dementia carers

Tue 17 March, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Craiglockhart Leisure Centre, 177 Colinton Road
EDINBURGH, EH14 1BZ United Kingdom
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VOCAL in partnership with Edinburgh Leisure’s Movement for Memories programme is offering any carers who care for someone with dementia the opportunity to try out yoga. Beginners welcome. Duration: 3 weeks (17th, 24th & 31st March) Who is this course for? Carers of people with dementia. Weekly Breakdown Led by an experienced yoga instructor come along to practice or try out yoga. Class 10am-11am , refreshments served 11am-12noon. What carers will get from this course Practical skills to enable carers…

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Drama workshop

Wed 18 March, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Look at different drama techniques and styles, including mime, improvisation and devising, drama games and warm up and performance skills building exercises and working with scripts. No previous experience needed! Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This session is for anyone regardless of their experience or confidence looking for a way to have fun and relax. Weekly Breakdown Different drama techniques and styles, including mime, improvisation and devising, drama games and warm up and performance skills. What carers…

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Carer Mindfulness Group (18th March)(Midlothian)

Wed 18 March, 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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Introduction to Self Directed Support

Thu 19 March, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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The Social Care (Self Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 became law on the 1st April 2014, we will explain to you how you can access this with the local authority. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are supporting someone who receives a package of care/services to help them live at home and carers who would like to access a package of care. Weekly Breakdown Would you like more or different support for yourself or the person…

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Stress Management (March)

Fri 20 March, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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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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Dementia Information day

Mon 23 March, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Becoming a carer can be a sharp learning curve for many of us. We can find ourselves in the position where we want/need to learn about lots of new things. This training day helps carers answer some key questions. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This day is ideal for carers who are supporting someone who has recently been diagnosed with dementia. Weekly Breakdown This one day event delivered by a Nurse Specialist will provide information about dementia…

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