Courses and workshops

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 use the online contact form or call Pauline Edwards-Samuels or Elena Packham on 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 with Confidence for Parent Carers

Workshops

Writing for Wellbeing
Benefits Information Workshop
Stress Management
Hospital Admissions
Mindfulness
Mindfulness for Carer and Cared For
Carers Wellbeing Events

Training on representing other carers and carers rights


Courses

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.

Wednesdays 6–8pm in Fishponds
23 May, 30 May, 6 June, 13 June, 20 June 2018

Mondays 1–3pm in Central Bristol
29 October, 5 November, 12 November, 19 November, 26 November 2018

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.

Thursdays 10.30am–12.30pm in Fishponds
20 September, 27 September, 4 October, 11 October, 18 October 2018

Caring with Confidence for Parent Carers

Similar to our Caring with Confidence Course, this course is about supporting you and giving you confidence in your role as a carer. This course is designed specifically for those who are Parent Carers.

Thursdays 10.30am–12.30pm in Easton
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th November 2018

 

Workshops

 

Writing for Wellbeing

Writing can help relieve stress and put you in a more positive frame of mind. This workshop will discuss 2 short pieces of writing: about being a carer and about wellbeing. You will also be encouraged to write your own pieces, from your own perspective; and share these, if you would like to. This workshop is run by Marilyn Reynolds, who is experienced in relaxation techniques.

Wednesday 18th April 10am–12pm in Fishponds

Waiting list only

Benefits Information Workshop

This workshop is being run by Welfare Rights and Money Advice Service (WRAMAS). They will give a brief overview of the benefits system with a particular emphasis on carers’ benefits including the impact of universal credit; a question and answer session and summary of the support they can provide.

Wednesday 2nd May 2018 10am–12pm, Kingswood

Stress Management

We understand that at times caring can be stressful, so we have designed this workshop to help you recognise the signs of stress, to give you an opportunity to share your experiences and to show you some techniques to help you manage stress.

Tuesday 15th May 2018 12.30–3pm in Fishponds

Hospital Admissions 

Do you worry about the person you care for being admitted to hospital? Do you know how your benefits could be affected if you (as the carer) or the person you care for goes into hospital? What support is available in a hospital setting for carers?
Why not attend this workshop run by Judy Gowenlock, one of our Hospital Carer Liason Workers? Judy will explain what to expect during a hospital admission, demystify the discharge process, and how her team can support you and provide you with some coping strategies.

Tuesday 22nd May 2018 10am–12pm in Fishponds

Mindfulness

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.

Tuesday 10th July 2018 6–8pm, venue to be confirmed

Mindfulness for Carer and Cared For

Mindfulness for Carer and Cared for is similar to our mindfulness workshop, but in this workshop those you care for are welcome. This workshop will teach you to notice the world around you, and the feelings of your own body. Spaces of this workshop are sure to run out quickly, so contact us as soon as possible if you want to attend.

Saturday 29th September 2018 10am–1pm, Fishponds

For further information and booking please use the online contact form or call Pauline Edwards-Samuels or Elena Packham on 0117 958 9988.

 

Carers Wellbeing Events

We’re working with Bristol Wellbeing College to run FREE events for carers in central Bristol. These are informal and welcoming; with information from professionals, a wellbeing workshop, and Indian head or hand massage. There will be tea and cakes and the chance to talk to other carers too. There is no need to register and you are welcome to bring a friend or family member with you. You can drop in at any time during the afternoon but be aware the workshop will start 45 minutes after the event begins.

For further information contact the Wellbeing College: 0117 914 5498

1pm-4pm Wednesday 25th April
1pm-4pm Wednesday 27th June

Horsefair Room, 3rd Floor New Room, 36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE (Entrance on the Horsefair or through John Wesley Chapel)

 

 Training on representing other carers and carers rights

The aim of the training is to build up skills to be a representative at meetings for other carers, but you are very welcome to attend anyway even if you’re not currently able to be a carer representative as the skills are useful for any carer.

10am-1pm, Fishponds. You don’t have to attend all of these.

Friday 20 April – opportunities for getting involved and how to work together as a team.
Tuesday 22 May – legislation and carers’ rights.

Contact Caroline McAleese, Carers Engagement & Involvement Lead to book: contact form, 0117 958 9989.