Carers Training

All Carers Support Centre courses and workshops for carers 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.

For further information and booking please complete the contact form on this page or call: 0117 958 9988.

We have a rolling programme of tailor-made courses, 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 workshops are one-off sessions usually lasting 2 hours.

Courses
Caring with Confidence
Caring and Understanding Dementia
Caring for Those in the Later Stages of Life
Well-being Course for Older Carers

Workshops
First Aid Training
5 Ways to Wellbeing
Thinking Ahead, Planning in Advance  power of attorney, advance directives, wills
Mindfulness
Assertiveness Skills for Carers

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.

Saturdays (10.30am to 12.30pm)
Carers Support Centre, The Vassal Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ.
*Date change* 4, 11, 18, 25 March, 1 April 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.

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

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

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.

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

Well-being Course for Older Carers (50+ living in Bristol)
Do you find all your energy taken up with your caring responsibilities? Would you like to find out about how to look after you? Do you sometimes feel isolated in your caring role? Would you like to meet others that understand how you feel as a carer?
The course will run over 3 weeks and will:
– Help you look at how to balance your caring role with your own needs
– Look at reducing the risk of loneliness and isolation
– How relaxation techniques can help in times of stress
– How to focus on yourself not just the person you care for
For more information and to watch our video click here.

Fridays 10am—1pm
@Symes Community Building, Peterson Avenue, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 0B.
17, 24, 31 March 2017

Workshops

First Aid Training for Carers
Wednesday 22 February 2017 (10am to 12pm)
Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, Downend, BS16 2RW.
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.

5 Ways to Wellbeing
Friday 3 March 2017 (10am to 12.30pm)
Carers Support Centre, The Vassal Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ.

Learn practices and use simple tools that can be incorporated into your busy caring life. These are all known techniques to help improve well-being and promote good mental health.
We learn about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. They are:
• Keep learning
• Give
• Connect
• Keep active
• Take notice
We hope the workshop can help carers find small ways to alleviate stress and provide small actions you can take to look after your own wellbeing. The workshop is facilitated by the Recovery College, Second Step.

Thinking Ahead, Planning in Advance
Wednesday 22 March 2017 (10am to 12pm)
Carers Support Centre, The Vassal Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ.
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.

Mindfulness
Saturday 22 April 2017 (10am to 1pm)
Carers Support Centre, The Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, 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.

Living Well with Dementia
Saturday 13 May 2017 (9.30am to 2.15pm) (includes lunch)
Carers Support Centre, The Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ.
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

Assertiveness Skills for Carers
Tuesday 17 October 2017 (10am to 1pm)
Carers Support Centre, The Vassal Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ.
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.

For further information and booking please complete the contact form on this page or call: 0117 958 9988.