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
Nutrition and Dementia
Caring and Understanding Dementia 
Coping with Loss and Change for Carers
Caring with Confidence for Parent Carers 

Workshops

‘Bristol Meets the World’ Cookery Sessions
Media Training for Carers
Mindfulness
Stress Management

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.

Fridays 10:30am-12:30pm in North West Bristol
11th, 18th and 25th January and 1st, 8th February 2019

Tuesday 1:30pm-3:30pm in North East Bristol
24th September and 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd October 2019

Nutrition and Dementia

Are you caring for someone with dementia? Concerned that their eating habits are changing? Struggling with food preparation and meal planning? This 3 session course can help. We will be looking at why those with dementia often struggle with eating, drinking and food preparation, and how you can help, encourage and support.

Wednesdays 10am-12pm in central Bristol
24th January and 7th, 28th February 2019

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 gain confidence in making decisions about their caring role and managing their own health and well-being.

Mondays 1pm–3pm in South Gloucestershire
11th, 18th, 25th February and 4th, 11th March 2019

Wednesdays 10am-12pm in South Bristol
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th November and 4th December 2019

Coping with Loss and Change for Carers 

This course is for carers looking after someone with a life-limiting illness, near the end of life or changes in their caring role, e.g. the person cared for is moving into a care home. It gives carers a safe place to discuss complex issues and feelings, to share knowledge and learn strategies to manage their own health needs.

Thursdays 10am-2pm, location to be confirmed
21st March and 4th, 25th April 2019

Caring with Confidence for Parent Carers 

Parent carers asked us to provide a course specifically for them; and we have been able to develop this course with their needs in mind. This new course will help parent carers build a better understanding of what services are out there. It aims to increase 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.

Thursdays 10:30am-12:30pm in South Gloucestershire
19th, 26th June and 3rd,10th,17th July 2019

Workshops

‘Bristol Meets the World’ Cookery Sessions

These workshops are for carers 50+ in Bristol. If you love food and passionate about cooking or never cooked but fancy giving it a go, this is the workshop for you. You will learn to cook/prepare delicious dishes. The Chefs from different cultural backgrounds will demonstrate how to cook a tasty dish from around the world and then you’ll have the chance to do it yourself.

This is a great opportunity to learn something new, share food stories and further your knowledge about nutrition.

Wednesday 7th November 2018, 10am-12pm, Henbury and Brentry Community Centre
Thursday 17th January 2019, 2pm-4pm, Lawrence Weston Community Farm
Wednesday 6th February 2019, 10:30am-12:30pm, The Coppice at Callington Road Hospital

More dates and venues to follow.

Mindfulness

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental well-being. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. You can take steps to develop it in your own life. Come along & find out more.

Thursday 9th May 2019, 10am-12:30pm, location to be confirmed

Stress Management 

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.

Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 10am-1pm, location to be confirmed

Media Training for Carers

We know when you tell your own story in your own words, this is compelling. This workshop is for carers who are willing to talk about what caring is like day-to-day and how it affects you.

We will use this to help raise the profile of carers – to include carers’ voices as case studies on our website, in blogs, and in the media. We are planning a 3 hour workshop, including lunch. This will include:

  • confidence building
  • telling your story
  • getting permission from the person you care for
  • writing letters to the editor
  • doing an interview.

For more information, or to book a place, please contact Caroline McAleese on 0117 958 9989.