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Edinburgh Carers’ Hub

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60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
www.vocal.org.uk

September 2019

Planning Financially for the Future

Wed 18 September, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Many carers help the person they support with money matters on a daily or occasional basis. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who are supporting someone who needs support to manage tasks like paying bills or applying for welfare benefits. Weekly Breakdown Information on Powers of Attorney and Guardianship as well as an opportunity to think about Estate Planning through Wills and Trusts. What carers will get from this course The opportunity to reflect on how best…

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Making an Emergency Plan

Mon 23 September, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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This course addresses carers concerns about what would happen in an emergency situation and provides space and resources for practical action planning. 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 The tutor will lead the group through a series of exercises to help them reflect on their situation, possible challenges and solutions and create a personal emergency plan. What carers will…

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Living and Dying well

Tue 24 September, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Losing a loved one is difficult but it is a reality that many carers, family members and friends will eventually face. Whether death is expected or sudden there will be lots to deal with. This short course helps carers to prepare for some of the decisions and arrangements they will have to make. Carers attending the course will build a personalised file to refer to when someone dies. Duration: 4 weeks (24th September - 15th October) Who is this course…

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An audience with People in long-term Recovery – Everything you wanted to know about recovery but were too afraid to ask?

Tue 24 September, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Do you have questions about recovery but feel too afraid to ask? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers caring for someone in long term recovery from drug and alcohol problems. Weekly Breakdown This one-off event offers an opportunity for family members to spend some time with people who have successfully managed to recover from their addiction/problem with drugs and alcohol. You will hear each speaker’s own unique story and experience of recovery and what worked for them.…

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Caring for someone who has had a stroke

Wed 25 September, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 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 course helps carers answer some key questions. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is ideal for carers who are supporting someone who has had a stroke. Weekly Breakdown This course will provide information about strokes, treatment, communication and mobility what you may expect in the…

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Mental Health Legislation & Rights

Mon 30 September, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Caring for someone with mental health difficulties can mean learning a whole new set of language, law and rights. This seminar aims to explain some of the terms, processes and law. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers supporting someone with a mental health difficulty. Weekly Breakdown Join us to learn more about the relevant law, your rights, those of the person you care for and role of the hospital, police, social work and others. What carers will…

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October 2019

Are you worried about leaving someone alone?

Tue 1 October, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Many carers find it difficult to even get a small break from caring as they find it difficult to leave the person they support alone due to concerns for their safety. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course will be particularly helpful for carers who are supporting someone who has a cognitive impairment e.g. dementia, brain injury, a stroke, learning disability or autism. Weekly Breakdown Edinburgh Council’s Telecare Team has a range of equipment and gadgets to…

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Understanding Dementia

Wed 2 October, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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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 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 (2nd - 30th October) Who is this course for? This course is tailored specifically to carers supporting someone with moderate dementia. Weekly Breakdown Week…

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Emotional Freedom Technique

Thu 3 October, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Carers can often report poor overall health and wellbeing due to their caring role. This course will support carers to develop skills in Emotional Freedom Technique to manage stress and support relaxation. Duration: 5 weeks (3rd - 31st October) Who is this course for? This course is for anyone who wants to learn an effective relaxation and stress management technique. Weekly Breakdown Emotional freedom technique is a specific form of alternative psychotherapy that involves tapping on specific pressure points on…

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Caring for myself while caring

Thu 3 October, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Carers can be really good at caring for others and sometimes not so good about caring for themselves. This course will support carers to think about their own health and wellbeing needs, and to form strategies to make improvements or changes if they wish to. Duration: 2 weeks (3rd & 10th October) Who is this course for? Carers who would like to think about their own health. Weekly Breakdown Week 1 - Carers will be supported to think about their…

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Coaching skills for carers

Fri 4 October, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Learn how to set goals and follow them through using the GROW model. Think about and practice your coaching skills on others. Duration: 2 weeks (4th & 11th October) Who is this course for? Carers who would like to think about their own health. Weekly Breakdown Week 1 - Learn the basics of coaching using the GROW model. Week 2 – Practice your new coaching skills on others. What carers will get from this course An opportunity to learn about…

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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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Drama workshop (October)

Wed 23 October, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Would you like to explore the theatre, either on or off stage? As a way to take a break from your caring role or as a way to explore your caring experience. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for anyone regardless of their experience or confidence on or off stage. There will be a role or a job for anyone interested. Weekly Breakdown The group will work together towards a performance piece. What carers will…

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Naxolone 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 Naxolone 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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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: 4 weeks (5th - 26th 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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“It’s hard for me too” – Understanding substance use and addiction

Wed 6 November, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 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 (6th - 27th November) Who is this course for? Anyone concerned about a loved one’s substance use. Weekly Breakdown Week one – Understanding substances…

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Caring for a child with additional needs and thinking about behaviour

Thu 7 November, 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 needs often tell us that they find some of the accompanying behaviour difficult to deal with. This course explores methods of coping with this behaviour and how to develop personal coping strategies. Duration: 3 weeks (7th - 21st November) Who is this course for? This course is designed for parents/carers of someone under 16 with additional support needs. Weekly Breakdown Week 1 - How Do We Feel About the Behaviour Unpredictable or challenging behaviour can…

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Dealing with Loss (Gilmerton)

Tue 12 November, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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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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Room for Art

Wed 13 November, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Relaxing practical art sessions exploring different techniques and materials. Duration: 6 weeks (13th - 27th November & 4th - 18th December) Who is this course for? Carers who enjoy art or want to relax. No previous experience required. Weekly Breakdown Join professional artist Heather for a series of sessions of relaxing practical art sessions while having the opportunity to explore different techniques and materials. What carers will get from this course A chance to try new things. Relaxation. Art technique…

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Remembering yourself while caring for someone with dementia

Thu 14 November, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Caring for a loved one may lead to feelings of guilt, sadness, confusion or anger, however, it can be difficult to share these feelings with someone with dementia, leaving carers feeling very isolated. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who want to explore their feelings and stay well while caring for someone with dementia. Weekly Breakdown This workshop led by Heart and Minds has been designed to help carers build their emotional resilience, strengthen and develop coping…

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Making your money go further (November)

Fri 15 November, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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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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Dementia Information Day (Sat)(November)

Sat 16 November, 2019 @ 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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Addiction and The Brain

Tue 19 November, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Many carers are caring for someone with an addiction or have an addiction themselves, find out more about what happens in the brain when someone is addicted to something? Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Anyone who has dealt with or is dealing with the addiction of another person. Weekly Breakdown Come along to hear a Talk by Dr David McCartney, Clinical Lead at The Lothians & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme (LEAP) on “Addiction & The Brain”. What carers…

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Drama workshop (November)

Wed 20 November, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Would you like to explore the theatre, either on or off stage? As a way to take a break from your caring role or as a way to explore your caring experience. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? This course is for anyone regardless of their experience or confidence on or off stage. There will be a role or a job for anyone interested. Weekly Breakdown The group will work together towards a performance piece. What carers will…

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Saving money on your energy bills

Fri 29 November, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Gas and electricity is expensive for everyone and often particularly so for carers and people with health difficulties. Many carers are paying more than they need to. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers interested in reducing the amount they pay on fuel bills. Weekly Breakdown With help from Changeworks learn how to really understand your fuel statements and bills, learn how to use and trust price comparison sites confidently, receive support to make a change to your…

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December 2019

Christmas Crafts

Mon 2 December, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Come and join us for some relaxing christmas crafting. Duration: 3 weeks (2nd - 16th December) Who is this course for? Carers who have an interest in crafts and would like to meet other carers. No previous experience or skills are required. Weekly Breakdown Over the weeks we will be completing small craft projects with a christmas theme which can be used as a gift or to decorate the home. What carers will get from this course A chance for…

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Stress Management (December)

Wed 4 December, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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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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Surviving Christmas as a Carer (Carers Hub)

Thu 5 December, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Christmas can be a fun time but it can also be challenging for many people. There are often a lot of commitments, expense and social gatherings. A caring role can make a difference to how we view and experience the festive season. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who want to reflect on how Christmas has changed for them. Weekly Breakdown Christmas is often promoted as a time for family and a time for happiness and a…

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Coping with Anger

Fri 6 December, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Everyone feels a little angry or frustrated at times and carers are no exception. This course helps us understand the role of anger and how to manage our experiences of it. Duration: 2 weeks (6th & 13th December) Who is this course for? Carers who at times feel angry or frustrated. Weekly Breakdown Week 1 - We will look at some myths and facts about anger, learn how to identify your own anger warning signs and triggers and explore how…

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Words that Change minds

Thu 12 December, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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Do you often find yourself misunderstood by someone with whom you are communicating? Words that Change Minds is based on the Language and Behaviour Profile (LAB Profile); an easy to learn tool which illustrates how each person is unique. The LAB Profile will enable you to understand and predict from someone's language in everyday conversation, how they will behave in a given situation. Duration: 2 weeks (12th & 19th December) Who is this course for? Carers who would like to…

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Stress Management – top tips to coping with the holiday season

Wed 18 December, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH6 5HB
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The holiday season can be a fun time but it can also be very stressful for many people. There are often a lot of commitments, expense and social gatherings. A caring role can make a difference to how we view and experience the holiday season. Duration: 1 week Who is this course for? Carers who want to reflect on how the holiday season affects their health and wellbeing. Weekly Breakdown Christmas is often promoted as a time for family and…

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