Carers Training

Free Courses and Workshops for Carers
If you are interested in any of the courses below please contact us as spaces fill up quickly.

Carer Courses
Our rolling programme of three tailored courses, is designed to inform and support carers in their role. Each course runs for 5 sessions (2 hours a week) and is in a small group of up to 12 carers. You will learn about the help  and resources available , have the opportunity to share experiences and learn strategies to cope (look after your own wellbeing).  These courses are funded by the NHS as part of their wellbeing services for carers.

All courses will be held at Carers Support Centre, Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ unless otherwise stated.

Caring with confidence
Caring and understanding dementia
Caring for those in the later stages of life

First aid training for carers
Introduction to postural care
BAB well-being for older carers (50+)
Caring for the carer workshop

Caring With Confidence
This course is for anyone who is caring and will help build knowledge in making decisions, working with professionals, getting practical support and looking after yourself.

“I wish I had taken this course years ago to help me cope at a stressful time.”

Thursdays (10:00am to 12:00pm)
Yate Fire Station, Station Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 4AL
22 September, 29 September, 6 October, 13 October, 20 October 2016

Caring and Understanding Dementia
This course is for anyone caring for someone with dementia and aims to give a better understanding of dementia and its effects. Carers will be enabled to feel more confident in making decisions about their caring role and managing their own health / wellbeing.

“I was informative, reassuring, considerate…but without being about all the problems. It was solutions focussed.”

Fridays (10:30am to 12:30pm)
@symes Community Building, Peterson Avenue, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 0BE
4 November, 11 November, 18 November, 25 November, 2 December 2016

Caring for Those in the Later Stages of Life
This course is for carers who are caring for someone with a life limiting illness. It gives carers a safe space to discuss complex issues, gain useful information and share experiences.

“It was lovely to spend time (and a few tears and a lot of laughs) with other carers who really know what it’s like. I dread to think what would happen if I had not come”

First Aid Training for Carers
Following the popularity of a recent workshop, British Red Cross have kindly offered some additional free sessions. The British Red Cross is inviting Carers to learn simple first aid skills which could make all the difference in an emergency. The course covers common first aid scenarios including what to do if someone is choking, unconscious or bleeding, and how to treat a burn or fracture. It will also help participants spot the warning signs of a heart attack or stroke, and give them the tools to step in and act.

Kathryn Clements, British Red Cross, Says: “This is an opportunity for carers to learn some very simple first aid techniques in just two hours. The idea of the course is to make it extremely accessible so people go away with the basic life-saving skills we all need in our daily lives, and the confidence to put them into practice.”

Everyday First Aid for Carers of Adults

Note: This course is fully booked at the moment; if you’d like to be added to our waiting list please complete the contact training form on the right-hand sidebar.

Introduction to Postural Care
For adults with movement difficulties, their body can be at risk of shape distortion, such as a curved spine. However many of the changes to body shape are predictable and preventable. Sarah Clayton, from Simple Stuff Works, has been working within postural management since 1998 and developed and accredited course. Sarah can guide carers through common patterns of body change and ways to prevent this by careful support and positioning.
Postural care techniques can be used whilst sitting but also (crucially) in bed, where at least one third of our time is spent. Providing postural care to protect body shape is common sense, cost-effective and person centred, providing real benefits. These can include reduced pain, increased movements, improved sleep pattern, greater contentment, improved digestion and easier breathing. In addition the risk of deformity or dislocation is greatly reduced.
Sarah’s workshops will be help at the Carers Support Centre and there are two dates depending on whether you care for an adult or child. See ‘How to book’.

Postural Care for Carers of Children

BAB well-being courses for older carers (50+ living in Bristol)
This well-being course is for carers aged 50+ living in the Bristol area. The course will help you look at how to balance your caring role with life, look at reducing the risk of loneliness and isolation, how relaxation techniques can help in times of stress and how to focus on yourself not just the person you care for.

Mondays (1.00pm – 3.00pm)
The Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 5PY
1 August, 8 August 2016

Mondays (1.00pm – 3.00pm)
@symes Community Building, Peterson Avenue, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 0BE
26 September, 3 October, 10 October, 17 October, 24 October 2016

Caring for the carer workshop
Looking after yourself, because carers need to be cared for too, we are running a one off workshop to introduce you to relaxation techniques.