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January 2022

Library services information session

Mon 17 January, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come along to find out about the different services available at your local library and information on how to join. 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 attending this course, carers will: Have a better awareness of what services are available at their library. Know how to join their local library. Know how to access the different services. Delivered…

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Diet and nutrition

Mon 17 January, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

An introduction to the key concepts of good nutrition for you and the person you care for. 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 attending this nutrition course, carers will: Be able to recognise their own nutrition habits. Understand what to look for, to be able to make positive nutrition choices. Delivered by Aga Newsome, Carer Training Officer at…

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Child disability payment

Tue 18 January, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In November 2021, a new child disability payment was rolled out in Scotland. Join us to learn about this new benefit, which is now open for applications across the country. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Any carer who cares for a school age child. Outcomes of this online session At the end of the session, carers will: Understand what the new payment is.…

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Making your Money Go Further

Tue 18 January, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Carers tell us that caring can have a financial impact on themselves and the person they care for. This session shares information about discounts, reductions and more to make your money go a wee bit further. Who is this online session for? The session is for carers who live in Edinburgh or care for someone that lives in Edinburgh only. This session is for anyone who would like to know more about making their money go a bit further. Outcomes…

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Zoom Q&A (January)

Tue 18 January, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Any carer who is new to Zoom or has used Zoom before and would like to learn more or increase their confidence using it. Outcomes of…

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Moving and handling

Wed 19 January, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Many carers report problems with their backs, learn basic techniques to protect your back in everyday life and in your caring role. This session will NOT include using equipment like hoists and glide sheets. 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 attending the Taking Care of Your Back course, carers will: Develop an understanding of what might cause musculoskeletal…

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Book Club (January)

Wed 19 January, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a chat about all things books! We will choose a book together and meet once a quarter, online to have a discussion about what we have read. 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 this session carers will: Explore different ways to access books. Choose a book to read. Meet once a quarter…

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Pilates for dementia carers

Wed 19 January, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wed 23 February, 2022

Do you care for someone with dementia? Led by an experienced instructor this series of Pilates classes have been provided to VOCAL by Edinburgh Leisure’s Movement for Memories programme. Take time for yourself to enjoy learning and trying Pilates. Duration: 7 weeks (12th January - 23rd February) Who are these online sessions for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. The person you care for has dementia. Open to carers who…

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Evening winter wellbeing for carers

Wed 19 January, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Winter can be a tough time when it comes to caring for ourselves. Join us on this 6 week wellbeing program, which is designed to help you explore various aspects of your wellbeing and to inspire positive change. Duration: 6 weeks (19th January - 23rd February) 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 course will cover the following areas…

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Walking Group (Cramond)

Thu 20 January, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

This is an opportunity to get together with others, and make walking a habit. Join us for a walk in your local area! Who is this session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this session By the end of this session carers will have: Built more confidence in walking. Increased energy and fitness levels. Met other carers. Delivered by Aga Newsome, Carer Training Officer at VOCAL. Aga…

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Accepting care

Thu 20 January, 2022 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

As carers we often look for ways to get extra support in caring responsibilities, but often the person receiving care might struggle with accepting external support. Join us to explore ways to support the person you care for in accepting support from care providers. 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 this session carers will: Understand…

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Stroke awareness

Mon 24 January, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us in understanding more about different types of strokes and what support is available to you and the person you care for. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. This event is for carers who support someone who is a stroke survivor, or those individuals who would like to find out more about strokes. Outcomes of this online session By the end of the…

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Managing Medication

Mon 24 January, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Information and advice on how to manage the medication of the person you care for. 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 attending the managing medication course, carers will: Have an increased awareness of how to manage medicines safely. Understand roles and responsibilities relating to medicines. Be aware of the common groups of medicines, side effects and contra-indications. Delivered…

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Good footcare

Tue 25 January, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This training provides information for carers who are supporting good footcare and includes practical demonstrations of cutting and filing nails and other footcare techniques. 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 event carers will: Have information on how to support someone well with their footcare. Meet other carers. Delivered by Gillian Hawthorne from NHS. Online…

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Interview preparation

Tue 25 January, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Are you exploring your employment options and are either actively looking for work or thinking about changing roles/jobs? Come along to this workshop build confidence in your interview skills. Duration: 2 weeks (25th January & 1st February) 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: Feel better prepared for interviews. Increased awareness of…

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Understanding Smart meters

Tue 25 January, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Smart meter technology is being installed across the country as part of the UK’s climate action policy.  What is a smart meter?  What are the pros and cons? Do I have to get one? Can I switch suppliers with a smart meter? How can a smart meter help everyone save energy?  Get the answers to these questions and more from an impartial energy advisor at Changeworks. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in…

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Mindful crochet

Wed 26 January, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

**This event is now fully booked** The course tutor Leigh has developed a creative crochet course which also  has an element of mindfulness. The course will give participants the chance to learn or hone  their  crochet and mindfulness skills while carving out some important 'me time'. All materials will be sent to your home prior to the course and no prior experience is needed for crochet or mindfulness. Duration: 6 weeks (26th January - 2nd March) Who is this online…

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Stress Management

Wed 26 January, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Every day carers tell us how stressed they are feeling. This can be due to lots of reasons but can have a huge impact on their overall health and wellbeing. In this course, learn more about stress and its impact and develop techniques to plan for and manage the symptoms of stress. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers who would like to reflect…

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Candle Making

Wed 26 January, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Introduction: Join us for this fun workshop.  Learn the process of candle making, make two candles in your chosen scent to take away and enjoy! Who is this session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of the session: This workshop will give carers the opportunity for time for themselves, while being creative. You will receive at the workshop: Beginner's guide to candle making 1 x bag Soy Based…

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Room for Art

Thu 27 January, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

VOCAL is pleased to welcome Room for Art sessions to VOCAL. Join Heather, an artist from Room for Art, for eight art workshops via the comfort of your own home. Art packs will be provided to you prior to the course starting and over the weeks you will be guided to produce art works. Duration: 8 weeks (27th January - 17th March) Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a…

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Making money from your hobby

Thu 27 January, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

You may have a hobby, interest or make things such as crafts or cakes, that people have told you it’s “so good, you should sell that”. This workshop will help you discover how you can turn that hobby into some extra income. 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, you will have gained an…

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Understanding Parkinsons

Thu 27 January, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Do you are care for someone with Parkinsons? This course gives you the opportunity to learn about the condition, share how it impacts you as a carer, and meet other carers. Duration: 2 weeks (27th January & 3rd February) Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh. Outcomes of this online session By attending this block of Parkinsons courses, carers will: Know more about Parkinsons. Be able…

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Basic first aid for carers

Mon 31 January, 2022 @ 10:30 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. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers who would like to understand what to do in the event of an accident or injury in the…

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CV Workshop

Mon 31 January, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Are you looking to explore new employment opportunities? Come along to this workshop discuss best practice and top CV tips. Duration: 2 weeks (31st January & 7th February) 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 course carers will have: Increased awareness of own skills and strengths. Build confidence in creating strong CVs. Delivered by Aga…

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February 2022

Fire safety talk

Tue 1 February, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

This talk delivered by Fire Scotland provides important information about fire safety in your own home and the home of the person you care for. 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 talk, carers will have more information on thinking about a fire escape plan and provide information about smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms…

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Beginners guide to eBay

Tue 1 February, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Decluttering, moving home, emptying the home of a loved one who has passed or gone into care, or just wanting to raise some extra cash. VOCAL’s social enterprise Treasure Tree may be able to help. Selling online with Treasure Tree via eBay harnesses the power of 183 Million eBay users and gets your preloved items to new home. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only.…

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Poetry appreciation

Wed 2 February, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore poetry collections featuring three Scottish poets and a sample of their happier poems. Join other carers to have a discussion about these poems. No previous experience required, just an interest in poetry. Duration: 4 weeks (2nd - 23rd February) 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…

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Basic Benefits

Thu 3 February, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Many carers find themselves in the position of having to access benefits for themselves or the person they care for. Navigating the welfare system can be confusing so come along to this session led by the Carer Support Practitioner team at VOCAL to ask specific questions about benefits and find out what’s available. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers who are not currently…

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Dealing with loss (Face to face)

Fri 4 February, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Carers often deal with many losses throughout their experience of caring and don’t get the opportunity or space to reflect and talk about them. In this session you will learn more about the process of loss (including bereavement) and how to find ways of accepting and navigating emotions. Who is this session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers who would like to explore and come to terms with…

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Getting a break from caring

Sat 5 February, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

A workshop on options for planning a break from caring. Learn about the support and services available. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers who would like to find out more about what options are available to enable them to get a break from their caring role. Outcomes of this online session By the end of the session carers will have: Explored what a…

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Dealing with anger (Face to face)

Tue 8 February, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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This workshop helps us to reflect on, process, and develop coping strategies for feelings of anger. Who is this session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this session 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. Share how to develop healthy and positive ways to manage anger. Delivered by Aga…

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Happiness through self care

Tue 8 February, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

** Please note that the time of this event has changed to what is advertised in the programme - it is now running at 2.00pm - 4.00pm** Join this masterclass with Sam Littlejohn, for a discussion about self-care and the importance of it. 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 In this masterclass carers will cover the following: What self-care…

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Saving money on your energy bills

Tue 8 February, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Everyone deserves a warm and comfortable home, but it is especially important for those living with long term illness or disability. Living in cold/damp conditions can exacerbate existing health conditions and create further health problems. In addition high energy bills can be a real source of stress and worry. 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 At the end of…

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Supporting someone to make decisions

Thu 10 February, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 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. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers 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…

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Dealing with guilt

Thu 10 February, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This session will help carers to explore the meaning and purpose of the feeling of guilt and manage guilt they experience. 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 we will have explored: The definition and purpose of guilt. The reasons why carers feel guilt and how it affects them. Tips and ideas on reducing…

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Yoga for carers

Fri 11 February, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Led by an experienced yoga instructor, this short online block of sessions is open to carers new to yoga, or those who would like to have a bit more practice. Duration: 4 weeks (11th February - 4th March) 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 attending this block of yoga classes carers will: Have time to themselves. Try yoga…

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Carer wellbeing information session

Fri 11 February, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Want to focus on your wellbeing, but not sure what services and support are on offer? Join us in this session to find out! 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, you will have: An awareness of the different services in Edinburgh that provide support for wellbeing. Thought about activities that they might want…

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Walking Group (Portobello)

Mon 14 February, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tumbles at Portobello, 20 Westbank Street
EDINBURGH, EH15 1DR United Kingdom
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This is an opportunity to get together with others, and make walking a habit. Join us for a walk in your local area! Who is this session for? 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/event/course carers will have: Build more confidence in walking. Increase energy and fitness levels. Meet others. Delivered by Aga Newsome, Carer Training Officer at VOCAL. Aga has…

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Using digital resources to improve wellbeing

Mon 14 February, 2022 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

In an increasingly digital era, find out what resources are available online to support your mental and physical wellbeing. 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 ways that digital resources can help with emotional and physical wellbeing. A list of support and services to help you maintain…

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Epilepsy Awareness

Tue 15 February, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join this informal information session run by Epilepsy Scotland, covering some epilepsy basics, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions. In this session we will be talking about the impact epilepsy can have on a person and their life, and how Epilepsy Scotland can help and support individuals and families. 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…

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Book Club (February)

Tue 15 February, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Central Library, 7-9 George IV Bridge
EDINBURGH, EH1 1EG United Kingdom
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Join us for a chat about all things books! We will choose a book together and meet regularly at the Central Library to have a discussion about what we have read. Who is this session for? 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 carers will have: The opportunity to meet others. Chat about books and share experiences. Each month a new…

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Introduction to making your voice heard (Face to face)

Wed 16 February, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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This interactive session aims to build on the knowledge and skills carers already have to increase their confidence to self-advocate or participate in formal meetings and assessments or get involved in consultations on an equal footing with professionals. Who is this session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Outcomes of this session This session will cover the following: What we mean when we talk about self-advocacy and participation. Why…

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Understanding Dementia

Thu 17 February, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Do you care for someone with dementia? Led by experienced dementia nurses this session will help you understand the basics of dementia and some of the challenges that come with the condition. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Led by experienced dementia nurses, this session is aimed at carers supporting someone in the early or mid-stages of dementia. Outcomes of this online session The…

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Caring for someone with dementia and your rights

Mon 21 February, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This four week course is delivered by Age Scotland and VOCAL will inform dementia carers on the rights they have and the support that is available to them. Carers will have the opportunity to meet other carers in a similar position and share experiences. Duration: 4 weeks (21st February - 14th March) Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers caring for someone with dementia.…

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Your rights at work

Mon 21 February, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This workshop is an opportunity to find out more about the rights people have at work. 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 sessions carers will have: An overview of their rights at work. An opportunity to share experiences and tips with other carers. Delivered by Aga Newsome, Carer Training Officer at VOCAL. Aga has…

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Start your own business

Tue 22 February, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

You may have a business idea but not sure how to put it in action, or would just like to find out how you could start working for yourself and take control of your work/life balance and make your own work decisions. This workshop will help you discover how to take those steps towards making that a reality. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only.…

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Tackling loneliness

Tue 22 February, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This Red Cross workshop aims to give carers the opportunity to speak openly about how it might feel to be lonely or isolated, and to learn skills to help others who may be feeling the same. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. For carers who are or have experienced loneliness or would like to support someone who is lonely. Outcomes of this online session…

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Dealing with guilt (Face to face)

Thu 24 February, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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This session will help carers to explore the meaning and purpose of the feeling of guilt and manage guilt they experience. Who is this session for? 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 course we will have explored: The definition and purpose of guilt. The reasons why carers feel guilt and how it affects them. Tips and ideas on reducing feelings of…

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Zoom Q&A (February)

Fri 25 February, 2022 @ 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. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. 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…

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March 2022

Benefits for children under 16

Tue 1 March, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Information about welfare benefits available to carers and the school age children they care for. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Any carer who cares for a school age child. Outcomes of this online session An outline of the benefits available to you and the child you care for including carers allowance and DLA. Delivered by Shirley, Carer Support Practitioner at VOCAL. Online Instructions…

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Help in the home and garden

Tue 1 March, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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. 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…

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Changing relationships

Wed 2 March, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This workshop helps carers understand how relationships work, what they mean to us, and how caring affects them. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers who would like the time to reflect on their relationships with the person they care for, family and friends. Outcomes of this online session By the end of the session we will have: Looked at relationships and how becoming…

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Moving and Handling (Face to face)

Thu 3 March, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Learn basic moving and handling, which will help you support others with their mobility safely. This session will NOT include using equipment like hoists and glide sheets. Who is this session for? 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 the carer will: Have a better understanding of how to protect their back while carrying out manual handling tasks. Develop techniques to…

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Stress and distress in dementia (Face to face)

Tue 8 March, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Do you care for someone with dementia? Led by an experienced dementia nurse this workshop will help you understand and manage behaviour you might find distressing or hard to deal with. Who is this session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers who care for someone with dementia and who want to understand more about what triggers the behaviours we find challenging and how to lessen them or cope…

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Working carers network meeting

Tue 8 March, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Are you juggling work and caring responsibilities? Join us in this working carers network meeting, where you will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges that you face. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. This event is aimed at carers who are in current full time, part time or self-employment. Outcomes of this online session By the end of the lunch workshop working carers…

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Introduction to caring in Edinburgh

Tue 8 March, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

A course aimed at people new to caring, or carers new to Edinburgh, offering information on accessing support, money and welfare rights and VOCAL services. Duration: 3 weeks (8th - 22nd March) 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 Over the three weeks we will cover the following: Week 1 – Sharing your caring role and information on VOCAL support…

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Getting a break from caring (Face to face)

Wed 9 March, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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A workshop on options for planning a break from caring. Learn about the support and services available. Who is this session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers who would like to find out more about what options are available to enable them to get a break from their caring role. Outcomes of this session By the end of the session carers will have: Explored what a break from…

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Information session on Positive Psychology for parent carers

Fri 11 March, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Come along to this session to learn about the various tools that positive psychology has to offer. 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 provide an overview of positive psychology and tools to help you as a parent carer and your child improve your overall wellbeing. Delivered by Megan Copley, Carer Support Practitioner at VOCAL. Online Instructions…

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Zoom Q&A (March)

Tue 15 March, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. 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…

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Walking Group (South Queensferry)

Wed 16 March, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This is an opportunity to get together with others, and make walking a habit. Join us for a walk in your local area! Who is this session for? 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 carers will have: Built more confidence in walking. Increased energy and fitness levels. Met with other carers. Delivered by Aga Newsome, Carer Training Officer at VOCAL.…

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Coping with change

Thu 17 March, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This session explores what has changed in your life since caring, the process we go through when things change and how to cope with these changes in this challenging time. 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 Reflect on the changes that have happened in our lives. Consider how these changes impact us. Find out about the process of loss…

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Switching energy providers

Mon 21 March, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Learn more about energy saving around the home to help keep those pesky energy bills down. Understand what appliances are the most costly to run and get simple energy saving tips you can use around the home. Learn more about energy bills and other services your supplier can offer for those who need extra support. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Carers who would…

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Generating money with eBay

Wed 23 March, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. 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…

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Thinking about Long Term Care

Wed 23 March, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Information and advice on how long term care, such as residential care, day care or care at home, is arranged and paid for. Duration: 2 weeks (23rd - 30th March) Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. This event is aimed at any carers who may be considering long term care for the person they care for. Outcomes of this online session Week 1 -…

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Caring for a child with additional support needs and coping with behaviour that challenges

Thu 24 March, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Led by VOCAL and a Clinical Psychologist from CAHMS, this short course explores behaviour that challenges and shares tips and advice for coping with this. Duration: 2 weeks (24th & 31st March) Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers from Edinburgh only. This course is designed for parents/carers of someone under 16 with additional support needs. Outcomes of this online session Week 1 - How Do We Feel About the Behaviour Unpredictable or challenging behaviour…

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Benefits and self-employment

Thu 24 March, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us on this information session to find out how running your own business may impact on any benefits that you are claiming or may want to apply for. 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 course carers will have: An understanding of which benefits you can and cannot apply for while running your own…

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Paying for care at home

Fri 25 March, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join this information session to find out about options for paying for care at home, including Self-Directed Support. 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, we will have: Discuss options of paying for care at home. An explanation of Self-Directed Support. Examples on how to use SDS payments. Delivered by Aga Newsome, Carer Training…

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Understanding Self-Directed Support

Mon 28 March, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Self-Directed Support (SDS) is an individual’s legal right to shape & manage their own package of care. This session explains how it works in more detail. Who is this online session for? This event is open to carers residing in or caring for a person in Edinburgh only. Anyone who already have Self-Directed Support or you think they should be entitled to it. Outcomes of this online session By the end of the session, we will have: An explanation of…

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A guide to helpful resources for parent carers

Tue 29 March, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join this session to find out about a selection of useful resources that you can tap into to help you with your caring role. 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 walk you through databases for parents and children to find relevant support services. Delivered by Megan Copley, Carer Support Practitioner at VOCAL. Online Instructions This course…

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In the Same Boat: A boat trip for people affected by another’s drug/alcohol use.

Tue 29 March, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

VOCAL FSA, in conjunction with The Sorted Project, are offering a unique opportunity for family members and friends affected by someone else’s drug/alcohol use to spend an afternoon on board ‘The Panacea’.  Leaving from Ratho village, this barge boat will travel along the union canal through some areas of natural beauty just outside Edinburgh. You will be provided with lunch and refreshments. The crew of The Panacea are all people in long-term recovery from addiction and your fellow passengers are…

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Juggling multiple care roles

Tue 29 March, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This session explores the challenges that juggling multiple care roles brings, and the impact this has on the carer. 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, we will have: Discussed what challenges present when carrying out multiple caring roles. Explored the impact that this has on carers. Explored options for support. Meet other carers.…

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Emergency planning (Face to face)

Wed 30 March, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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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. Who is this session for? 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 carers will have: Explained what an Emergency Plan is and why it’s important to do one. Completed sections of the Emergency Plan. Discussed…

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