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May 2021

Smoking and Mental Health

Mon 10 May, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This session from Ash Scotland gives information on smoking and mental health as well as the impact on medication, e-cigarettes (vaping), and local services to help people stop smoking. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session This session will give guidance, support and training for carers supporting people with mental health problems about the effects of smoking…

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Bank accounts

Tue 11 May, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

This session from Money Advice Scotland, an overview of bank accounts available, the pros and cons of each. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh. The event is being run in conjunction with Carers of East Lothian so there will be some carers from East Lothian in attendance. Outcomes of this online session An overview of the type of bank accounts available, what…

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Debt and Budgeting

Tue 11 May, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

An information session offering sensitive advice on how to manage debt and budget effectively, led by an experienced practitioner who works for a debt advice service in Edinburgh. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who would like help and advice with budgeting and debt for themselves or the person they care for. Outcomes of this online session. By the end of the session you will have an increased understanding of debt and budgeting and the services…

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Mindfulness (Midlothian)

Tue 11 May, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Alison Hughes will facilitate this course – join her to learn more about Mindfulness based living. Duration: Intro - 1 week, Course - 8 weeks & Follow up session - 1 week. Who is this online session for? Unpaid carers who live and/or care for someone in Midlothian local authority area (i.e. Midlothian Council). Weekly Breakdown We are all busy in our lives and many of us are looking for ways in which to cope with anxiety, stress and pain…

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Reflection session – Telling your story

Wed 12 May, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Take time to reflect with other carers on how this will be a pivotal moment in history. Think about how the lasting effects of COVID-19 (and the social changes that will come from it) will change us. Life might never be the same again. How do we share that story, learn from it and let it shape who we are? Duration: 2 weeks (12th & 19th May) Who is this online session for? Carers who would like to take the…

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Poetry appreciation

Thu 13 May, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Explore poetry collections with other carers. No previous experience required, just an interest in poetry. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session Take time out from your caring role to escape into the world of poetry. Join Maureen and others carers as you read pieces of poetry based on the theme of hope and discuss your thoughts…

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Stress Management (May)

Sat 15 May, 2021 @ 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: 2 weeks (15th & 22nd May) 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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Fraud, Scams and Financial wellbeing

Mon 17 May, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This session from Royal Bank of Scotland focuses on understanding how you can protect yourself and your family against fraud and scams and how to manage financial wellbeing. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session This presentation touches on both fraud and financial wellbeing, the session focuses on understanding how you can protect yourself, the person you…

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Craft Workshop

Tue 18 May, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for this special online workshop. You will be guided to produce a craft. All materials and instructions are provided and sent out to your home prior to the workshop. 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 Edinburgh only Outcomes of this…

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Virtual Coffee Morning (May)(Midlothian)

Wed 19 May, 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 coffee morning for? This coffee morning is open to carers residing/caring for a person in Midlothian local authority area only. Weekly Breakdown 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…

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Changing Relationships (19th May)

Wed 19 May, 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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Working carers lunch – Knowing your employment rights (May)

Thu 20 May, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Working carers are invited to join VOCAL for a short lunch time workshop. This session is a chance to come together to share ideas about how carers can balance employment and caring. This month’s session will focus on employment rights for carers. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This event is aimed at carers who are in current full time, part time or self-employment. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person…

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Basic first aid for carers

Mon 24 May, 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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Using digital resources to improve wellbeing

Tue 25 May, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

In an increasingly digital era, find out what resources are available online to support your mental and physical wellbeing. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? 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 carers will have: An introduction to different therapeutic approaches including counselling, coaching, individual and group support and alternative therapies. A list of Support and services…

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Learn to Zoom (May)

Wed 26 May, 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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Emergency planning

Wed 26 May, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

A workshop on options for planning for an emergency. You will be supported to write a personalised Emergency Plan, which is important now more than ever. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? This course is for anyone caring for someone with concerns about what would happen in an emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic and after. This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this online session By…

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

Wed 26 May, 2021 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 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, who live/care within Midlothian local authority area i.e. Midlothian Council. Weekly Breakdown These sessions are relaxed and friendly and are an opportunity to meet with other parent carers where you can…

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Changing Relationships (Face to face)

Fri 28 May, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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This workshop helps carers understand how relationships work, what they mean to us, and how caring affects them. Duration: 1 week Who is this 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 session By the end of the session we will have: Looked at relationships and how becoming…

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June 2021

Domestic Abuse Information session

Tue 1 June, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Are you worried about the safety and wellbeing of someone? What can you do if you suspect someone is a victim of domestic abuse, without making it worse? This session will help you understand more about domestic abuse and how to support someone you think may be in this situation. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who are worried about the safety and wellbeing of someone who is experiencing domestic abuse or would like more information…

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Generating money with eBay

Wed 2 June, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Figured out how to buy and sell on eBay? Debbie from Treasure Tree will explain how VOCAL can help you to generate profit for yourself and also be able to give something back. Duration: 1 week Who is this online session for? Carers who just want to know more about Treasure Tree and have been on the session ‘Introduction to buying and selling on eBay'. Carers who have things they would like to sell, and are willing to donate a…

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