Carers Training

Free Courses and Workshops for Carers
All Carers Support Centre courses and workshops are free. Whether caring is a new part of your life or you’ve been caring for a long time, our training will help you develop skills and confidence to support you in your caring role.

We have a rolling programme of three tailor-made courses. These are run in partnership with the NHS as part of their wellbeing services. Each course runs for 5 sessions (2 hours a week) in a small group of up to 12 carers. They are designed to inform you about all the help and resources available, give you the opportunity to share experiences, learn coping strategies and look after your own wellbeing.

Our courses are delivered by Gill Deacon. She has been running training courses for carers for over 10 years. She is hugely experienced, very welcoming and creates a friendly and relaxed environment.

These courses are funded by the NHS as part of their wellbeing services for carers.

Caring with confidence
Caring and understanding dementia
BAB well-being for older carers (50+)
Caring for Those in the Later Stages of Life

First aid training for carers
Advance Directives
Assertiveness skills for carers
Living Well with Dementia

Courses for 2016/17

Caring With Confidence

This course will help you build a better understanding of what services are out there for you. It aims to increase your confidence in making decisions, working with professionals and getting the practical support you need. It also teaches techniques to deal with stress and emphasises the importance of 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
6 October, 13 October, 20 October 2016

Saturdays (10.30am to 12.30pm)
Carers Support Centre, The Vassal Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds BS16 2QQ
18 Febuary, 25 Febuary, 4 March, 11 March, 18 March 2017

Wednesdays (10.30am to 12.30pm)
Leap Valley Surgery, Downend BS16 6UG
28 June, 5 July, 12 July, 19 July, 26 July 2017

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 can feel more confident in making decisions about their caring role and managing their own health and 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

Mondays (1pm to 3pm)
The Park, Kingswood BS15 4AR
16 January, 23 January, 30 January, 6 February, 13 February 2017

Tuesdays (6.30pm to 8.30pm)
Colston Hall, Central Bristol BS1 5AR
9 May, 16 May, 23 May, 30 May, 6 June 2017

Fridays (10.30am to 12,30pm)
Phoenix Social Enterprise, 5 Russell Town Avenue, Lawrence Hill, Easton BS5 9LT
29 September, 6 October, 13 October, 20 October, 27 October 2017

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)
@symes Community Building, Peterson Avenue, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 0BE
10 October, 17 October, 24 October 2016

Caring for Those in the Later Stages of Life
This course is for carers looking after someone with a life-limiting illness or near the end of life. It gives carers a safe space to discuss complex issues and feelings, to share knowledge and learn strategies to manage their own health needs.

“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 have happened if I had not come.”

Wednesdays (1pm to 3pm)
Armstrong Hall, Chapel Street, Thornbury, BS35 2BJ
29 March, 5 April, 12 April, 19 April, 26 April 2017

Workshops for 2017

First Aid Training for Carers
Learn simple first aid skills which could make all the difference in an emergency. 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. Run by British Red Cross.

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.”

Wednesday 22 February 2017 (10am to 12pm)
Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, Downend BS16 2RW

Advance Directives
What would happen if the person you care for were no longer able to manage their affairs? Have you taken steps to ensure you are aware of what steps to take as a carer if this situation arises? This workshop covers Advance Directives, Power of Attorney and Wills. Jane Holzgrawe, specialist legal advisor, is facilitating this workshop.

“Packed with good information.”

Wednesday 22 March 2017  (10am to 12pm)
Carers Support Centre, The Vassal Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds BS16 2QQ

Introducing participants to techniques that focus on being ‘in the moment’, relaxed and receptive. You will be taught simple techniques you can continue to practice together at home, with the person you care for.

“A friendly relaxed atmosphere”

Saturday 22 April 2017 (10am to 1pm)
Carers Support Centre, The Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds BS16 2QQ

Assertiveness skills for carers
Carers often find they have to be persistent in getting the support and care they need for the person they care for. This workshop includes how to talk to professionals, exercising your rights as a carer, and how to express yourself in a calm and positive way.
Tuesday 17 October 2017 (10am to 1pm) 
Carers Support Centre, The Vassal Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds BS16 2QQ

Living Well with Dementia
Carers Support Centre in partnership with the Dementia Wellbeing Service is hosting a day of learning, discussion and support about how we can live well with dementia. Open to people with dementia and their carers. Includes,

  • information about dementia and questions
  • communication strategies
  • complementary therapies

Saturday 19 November 2016 (9.30am to 2.15pm) (includes lunch)
Carers Support Centre, The Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds BS16 2QQ