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 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 for those in the Later Stages of Life

Workshops

Caring for the carer
Thinking in Advance and Planning Ahead
Assertiveness Skills for Carers
Living Well with Dementia
Everyday First Aid
Mindfulness

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 10.30am – 12.30pm in South Gloucestershire
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.

Fridays 10.30am – 12.30pm in East Bristol
29 September, 6 October, 13 October, 20 October, 27 October 2017

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.

Dates to be confirmed.

Workshops

Caring for the Carer

Looking after yourself is important because carers need to be cared for too. This workshop introduces you to relaxation techniques that could benefit you and the person you are caring for. It aims to demonstrate the importance of taking care of yourself and those you care for, to show you relaxation techniques and is a time for exchange and communication between carers.

Postponed – new date to be confirmed.

Thinking in Advance and Planning Ahead

What would happen if the person you care for was no longer able to manage their affairs? Do you know what options there are? Jane Holzgrawe, specialist legal advisor, is facilitating this workshop. She will help carers understand more about Power of Attorney, Advance Directives and Wills.

Tuesday 19 September 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm in Fishponds

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, 10.00am – 1.00pm in Fishponds

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

One day workshop in November 2017 details to be confirmed.

Everyday First Aid

The British Red Cross are inviting carers to learn simple first aid skills which could make all the difference in an emergency. The workshop 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 lots of tools to step in and act.

Next workshop to be confirmed.

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.

Saturday 2 December 2017, 10.00am – 1.00pm in Fishponds