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October 2019

Side by Side with Parkinson’s (Libertus)

Mon 21 October, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Libertus, 20 Gracemount Drive
EDINBURGH, EH16 6RN United Kingdom
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Practical information and advice for family members and friends supporting someone who has Parkinson's. Duration: 6 weeks (21st October - 25th November) Who is this course for? This course is tailored specifically to carers supporting someone who has Parkinson's. Weekly Breakdown This course will offer - Information on the drugs that may be prescribed. The role of the Parkinson’s Nurse Specialists. The role of the Parkinson’s Local Advisers and the help they can offer. Information from multidisciplinary therapists, i.e. Speech,…

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Caring for someone with Dementia and Understanding Behaviour

Tue 22 October, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 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 better. Weekly Breakdown Delivered by a Specialist Nurse this course explores why some…

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Caring for School Age Children with Additional Support Needs

Tue 22 October, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Parents of children with additional support needs often tell us they are not sure about what support is available to them and their families. This course explores the formal and informal types of support and how to ensure your voice is heard. The course also explores the impact of caring. Duration: 2 weeks (22nd & 29th October) Who is this course for? This course is designed for parents/carers of school age with Additional Support Needs. Weekly Breakdown Week 1 The…

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Caring Well Focus Group (Midlothian)

Wed 23 October, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
VOCAL Midlothian Carer Centre, 30/1 Hardengreen Estate, Dalhousie Road
DALKEITH, Midlothian EH22 3NX United Kingdom
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Caring can be difficult and often we forget about our own needs and wellbeing. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Female carers living/caring in Midlothian. Weekly Breakdown The session will be facilitated by VOCAL Midlothian & Anam Cara and will be a starting discussion for carers to shape a future wellbeing group which will run during 2020 at VOCAL Midlothian Carer Centre. Come along and share your ideas and let us know what you would like see/access in…

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Carer Support Group (Wester Hailes)

Wed 23 October, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, 30 Harvesters Way
EDINBURGH, EH14 3JF United Kingdom
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Duration: 4 weeks (23rd October, 6th, 13th & 20th November) Who is this group for? Carers who would like to take some time out from caring, meet new people and make friends. Weekly Breakdown Week 1 - Welcome and Introductions. Week 2 - Stress and its impact. Week 3 - Introduction to Mindfulness. Week 4 - Mindfulness activities. What carers will get from this group An opportunity to take time out of your caring role and relax with other carers.

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Peer Support for parents and carers (Midlothian) (October)

Thu 24 October, 2019 @ 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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Dealing with Guilt (Drumbrae)

Thu 24 October, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Drumbrae Library, 81 DrumBrae Drive
EDINBURGH, EH4 7FE United Kingdom
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Feelings of guilt can be difficult for us to understand and manage. Carers often report feeling high levels of guilt which are hard for them to process. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to think about guilt, the impact of guilt and the role it plays in our actions. Weekly Breakdown Many carers tell us they feel guilty about the care they provide, leaving the person they care for at home, having fun, going…

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Naloxone Training

Thu 24 October, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Many carers supporting someone who is using substances are very concerned about what would happen if their loved one overdoses. This session supports carers to understand and use the Naloxone take home kit. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Family members and friends concerned about someone who is using substances and may overdose. Weekly Breakdown Join Stuart to learn more about the kit, how it works, and when and how to use it. What carers will get from…

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Self Advocacy for Carers

Fri 25 October, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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As a carer we can sometimes struggle to make ourselves heard to professionals or family members which can both be frustrating and make it difficult to move forward as we would like. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for anyone who would like to improve their communication skills. Weekly Breakdown We will explore why, as carers, we have to be a self advocates and what this looks like. We will discuss barriers to effective communication…

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Conversation Cafe : (Gilmerton) (October)

Tue 29 October, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Morrisons, Gilmerton Road
EDINBURGH, EH17 7JH United Kingdom
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carer conversation cafes

So often carers can feel left out of the conversation as their experiences and situation can set them apart from others. VOCAL aims to allow carers to join in and be part of the conversation. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown Each meeting has a different theme allowing carers to discuss and share a range of topics. What carers will get…

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Conversation Cafe: (South Queensferry) (October)

Tue 29 October, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Little Bakery, 6 - 7 High Street
SOUTH QUEENSFERRY, EH30 9PP United Kingdom
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carer conversation cafes

So often carers can feel left out of the conversation as their experiences and situation can set them apart from others. VOCAL aims to allow carers to join in and be part of the conversation. Duration: 1 week Who is this conversation cafe for? Carers who would like to come together with other carers for coffee and discussion. Weekly Breakdown Each meeting has a different theme allowing carers to discuss and share a range of topics. What carers will get…

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

Tue 29 October, 2019 @ 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: Social Security Scotland; an overview on relevant benefits e.g. Carers Allowance and also brief information on other current devolved benefits and a timeline for Disability & Cold Weather payments. What carers will get…

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Know your Rights for parent carers (Midlothian)

Wed 30 October, 2019 @ 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 (30th Oct)(Midlothian)

Wed 30 October, 2019 @ 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 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 practice…

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Stress Management (Drumbrae)

Thu 31 October, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Drumbrae Library, 81 DrumBrae Drive
EDINBURGH, EH4 7FE United Kingdom
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Modern life can be stressful and caring roles particularly so. Many carers can find it difficult to manage stress levels which can have negative effects. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on and explore their relationship with stress. Weekly Breakdown This session is designed to help carers to understand stress and its impact, stress triggers, develop techniques to plan for and manage stress. What carers will get from this course Identified ways…

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November 2019

Introduction to caring and support

Fri 1 November, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 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 of their key questions. Duration: 2 weeks (1st & 8th November) Who is this course for? This day is ideal for carers at the beginning of their caring journey or thinking about accessing support for the first time. Weekly Breakdown VOCAL Services –…

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What follows school for a child with additional needs

Tue 5 November, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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This course is designed for parents of children with additional needs focusing on this important transition, and has sessions about services and assessments, education and employment options, money matters and decision making. Duration: 2 weeks (5th - 12th November) Who is this course for? Carers who support a child/young adult (aged 13-17) with additional needs who will leave school in the next couple of years. Weekly Breakdown Week 1 - How adult services work With input from the Transition Team,…

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Creativity, Interaction and Dementia

Wed 6 November, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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It can be hard to help someone with dementia to engage in conversation and activities. This workshop supports carers to develop techniques to make this easier. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers supporting someone with dementia. Weekly Breakdown A workshop designed to support carers to learn tips and techniques to engage someone in activities using poetry, stories and photos. What carers will get from this course Practical skills to enable carers to interact with someone with dementia.…

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Finding Balance

Wed 6 November, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Would you like to feel less stressed? Are you interested in finding out more about how to get the best out of other people and conversations? Do you want to make changes to your situation? Do you want more time for yourself? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this course is for you. Duration: 3 weeks (6th - 20th November) Who is this course for? Carers who would like to reflect on their lifestyle and have…

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Empowering conversations for parent carers (Midlothian)

Wed 6 November, 2019 @ 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 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 situations.…

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