Courses and workshops

Service update: Our training has moved online so carers with internet access can still attend sessions virtually. 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 online training will help you develop skills and confidence to support you in your caring role.

Online training will be delivered via videochat on Zoom. You can join the workshops using most devices with a browser such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari. A link and password ID to securely access the workshop, and a guide on how to use Zoom will be provided when your booking has been confirmed.


For further information and booking please use the online contact form, call Carmen Rodriguez on 0117 958 9988.

The courses and workshops also take into account the additional challenges which have arisen from the coronavirus pandemic. We have a rolling programme of tailor-made courses as part of our well-being services.  Each course runs for ten sessions 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 split into two sessions. Each session lasts 1.15 hours only.

Courses

Caring with Confidence ONLINE course
Caring and Understanding Dementia  ONLINE course

Workshops

Living with Loss and Change ONLINE workshop
Good Sleep ONLINE workshop
Introduction for Healthy Eating for Carers ONLINE workshop
Introduction to Mindfulness  ONLINE workshop (part 1)
Mindfulness ONLINE workshop (part 2)
Stress Management  ONLINE workshop

Courses

Caring with confidence ONLINE course
This course will help you to build a better understanding of what services are out there for you during this difficult time. 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. Topics covered include juggling life and caring, stress management, good health for carers, rights and resources and effective communication.

This course will be delivered online, via Zoom, over five weeks with two sessions per week.

Dates for the next workshop will be announced in due course.

If you would like to put your name on our waiting list, please contact Carmen Rodriguez on carmenr@carerssupportcentre.org.uk

Caring and understanding dementia ONLINE course
This course is for anyone caring for someone with dementia and aims to give a better understanding of dementia and its effects. Carers can gain confidence in making decisions about their caring role and managing their own health and well-being.

This online course will take place over 5 weeks with 2 sessions per week.  Carers are required to attend all sessions.  The next course will take place on the following dates:

Tuesday, 13th and Thursday, 15th April 2021 from 1.30 – 2.30 pm  AND
Tuesday, 20th and Thursday, 22nd April 2021 from 1.30 – 2.30 pm  AND
Tuesday, 27th and Thursday, 29th April 2021 from 1.30 – 2.30 pm  AND

Tuesday, 4th May and Thursday, 6th May 2021 from 1.30 – 2.30 pm  AND
Tuesday, 11th May and Thursday, 13th May 2021 from 1.30 – 2.30 pm.

If you would like to book a place, please contact Carmen Rodriguez on carmenr@carerssupportcentre.org.uk

Workshops

‘Living with Loss and Change’ ONLINE workshop (not suitable for people recently bereaved)
Living with Loss and Change is a course specifically designed for carers looking after someone with a life limiting illness, going into a care or nursing home or near the end of life. Caring for a family member or friend can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.  However, it can also be stressful, tiring and isolating at times.  Living with Loss and Change gives carers a safe space to discuss these complex issues and feelings, to share knowledge and learn strategies to manage their own health needs.  This workshop is run by the Carers Support Centre and funded by Bristol Charities.

The workshop will be delivered online, via Zoom, over two sessions.

Dates for the next workshop will be announced in due course.

If you would like to put your name on our waiting list, please contact Carmen Rodriguez on carmenr@carerssupportcentre.org.uk

‘Good sleep‘ ONLINE workshop
Join our interactive workshop to find out how we can aid good sleep, including practical exercises you can do at home. An essential for all carers!

“Sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and well-being. We spend up to one-third of our lives asleep, and the overall state of our ‘sleep health’ remains an essential question throughout our lifespan” from The National Sleep Foundation.

Dates for the next workshop will be announced in due course.

If you would like to put your name on our waiting list, please contact Carmen Rodriguez on carmenr@carerssupportcentre.org.uk

‘Introduction for Healthy Eating for Carers’ ONLINE workshop
This workshop will explore guidelines for a healthy eating way of life for you and the person you care for.  This workshop simply puts together user-friendly information on how food can really help to support our immune system, help us to feel good, and make our mealtimes enjoyably nutritious to help us reach our optimum.  Introduction to healthy eating for carers‘ sets out to be informative, proactive and positive with useful tips to make eating healthily an enjoyable long-term objective.  This workshop is run by Carers Support Centre and funded by Bristol Charities.

The workshop will be delivered online, via Zoom in one session.

Dates for the next workshop will be announced in due course.

If you would like to put your name on our waiting list, please contact Carmen Rodriguez on carmenr@carerssupportcentre.org.uk

Introduction to mindfulness ONLINE workshop
This workshop will introduce 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 or on your own.

The workshop will be delivered online, via Zoom, over two sessions.  Carers are required to attend BOTH sessions.

Dates for the next workshop will be announced in due course.

If you would like to put your name on our waiting list, please contact Carmen Rodriguez on carmenr@carerssupportcentre.org.uk

Introduction to Mindfulness ONLINE workshop (part 1)
This workshop will introduce 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 or on your own.

The workshop will be delivered online, via Zoom, over two sessions.  Carers are required to attend BOTH sessions.

Dates for the next workshop will be announced in due course.

If you would like to put your name on our waiting list, please contact Carmen Rodriguez on carmenr@carerssupportcentre.org.uk

Introduction to Mindfulness ONLINE workshop (part 2)
This workshop will help carers to develop the techniques learnt on the ‘Introduction to mindfulness’ workshop and develop a meditation practice, focusing on being “in the moment”, relaxed and receptive. You will work on techniques you can continue to practice together at home with the person you care for or on your own.

The workshop will be delivered online, via Zoom, over two sessions.  Carers are required to attend one of our ‘Introduction to mindfulness’ workshops in order to enrol into this training.

Dates for the next workshop will be announced in due course.

If you would like to put your name on our waiting list, please contact Carmen Rodriguez on carmenr@carerssupportcentre.org.uk

Stress management ONLINE workshop
This workshop will help you recognise some of the signs of stress, give you an opportunity to share your experiences and show you some techniques you can practice.  This workshop will be run by Carers Support Centre and is funded by Bristol Charities.

The workshop will be delivered online, via Zoom, over two sessions.

Dates for the next workshop will be announced in due course.

If you would like to put your name on our waiting list, please contact Carmen Rodriguez on carmenr@carerssupportcentre.org.uk