Carers Training

Free Courses and Workshops for Carers
There is a lot on offer this Autumn and over the coming year. Have a look, check your diary and see what might be good for you. Don’t forget to contact us as soon as possible, if you are interested in coming along. Places fill 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.

Caring with confidence
Caring and understanding dementia
Caring for those in the later stages of life
First aid training for carers
Mindfulness and mindful cooking/eating workshops – dementia
Introduction to postural care
How to book

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.”

Mondays (1pm to 3pm)
at Carers Support Centre, Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ
18 January, 25 January, 1 February, 8 February, 15 February 2016

Wednesdays (6:30pm to 8:30pm)
at Carers Support Centre, Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ
20 April, 27 April,  4 May, 11 May, 18 May 2016

Thursdays (10:30am to 12:30pm)
at a venue in South Gloucestershire, to be confirmed.
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.”

Thursdays (1pm to 3pm)
at Carers Support Centre, Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ
18 February, 25 February, 3 March, 10 March, 17 March 2016

Thursdays (6:30pm to 8:30pm)
at Carers Support Centre, Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ
9 June, 16 June, 23 June, 30 June, 7 July 2016

Fridays (10:30am to 12:30pm)
at a venue in South Bristol, to be confirmed.
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”

Tuesdays (1pm to 3pm)
at Carers Support Centre, Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ
21 June, 28 June, 5 July, 12 July, 19 July 2016

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 lean some very simple first aid techniques in just two hours. The idea of the course is to make it extremely accessible to people go away with the basic life-saving skills we all need in our daily lives, and the confidence to put them into practice.”

UPDATE: Everyday First Aid for Carers of Children
at Carers Support Centre, Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ
Monday 9 March 2016; 10am to midday (Date changed)

Mindfulness and Mindful Cooking / Eating Workshops – Dementia
This small group workshop is designed for carers of someone with dementia to attend with the person they look after. Led by a mindfulness practitioner the session will introduce participants to techniques that focus on being ‘in the moment’, relaxed and receptive. This will be followed by a session on mindful cooking and eating, where group members will prepare food that can be cooked and then eaten together as a shared as a meal.

The aim of the workshop is to provide carers with ideas and simple techniques they can continue to practice together at home, with the person they care for. The workshops are provided by the Bristol Dementia Inclusion Project and are free to attend. See ‘How to book’ to reserve a place.

All the workshops will be held in the Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds. The dates are as follows:

UPDATE: Monday 18 January 2016; 10am to 1pm (Date Changed)

Introduction to Postural Care
For children and 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 tow dates depending on whether you care for an adult or child. See ‘How to book’.

Postural Care for Carers of Children
Thursday 3 December 10am to 1pm 2015

Postural Care for Carers of Adults
Monday 22 February 10am to 1pm 2016

How to Book
Our courses are open to anyone caring for a family member or friend in Bristol or South Gloucestershire. To reserve a place on any of the above workshops or courses please us the form opposite or contact our training team by calling 0117 958 9988 or emailing

Please give your name, Contact information, GP Practive and details of the sessions you are interested in. Depending on whether you are attending a workshop or course we will contact you two to six weeks before hand to confirm the details.