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
Health and Wellbeing for Young Adult Carers
Caring for those in the Later Stages of Life

Workshops

Everyday First Aid
Mindfulness
Writing for Wellbeing
Benefits Information Workshop
Stress Management
Hospital Admissions


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 Patchway
19 January, 26 January, 2 February, 9 February, 16 February 2018

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.

Tuesdays 1pm–3pm in North Bristol
20 February, 27 February, 6 March, 13 March, 20 March 2018

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

Health and Wellbeing for Young Adult Carers

Staying healthy and happy can be a real challenge at the best of times but especially if you’re facing multiple pressures. These 6 weekly sessions are a great way to try out different ways to feel better in yourself.

Our sessions include fun and creative activities like art, music and creative writing as well as hands-on cooking skills to make delicious food. We hope by the end of this course you will have learned plenty of different ways to boost your wellbeing and made some good friends too.

We have already run 2 successful courses, and young adult carers said they liked: ‘making art’, ‘having a break from caring’, ‘learning new ways to look after me’, ‘very fun with friends’.

If you are aged 16-25 and want to find out more contact Lin Ren: 0793 441 6039 or 0117 937 5620 Linr@carerssupportcentre.org.uk

Wednesdays 68pm in Fishponds
21 March, 28 March, 4 April, 11 April, 18 April, 25 April

Caring for Someone 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.

Thursdays 10.30am–12.30pm in Fishponds
12 April, 19 April, 26 April, 3 May, 10 May 2018

 

Workshops

 

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.

Wednesday 7th March 2018, 1–3pm in Easton

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.

Thursday 22nd March 2018 10.30am–1pm in Fishponds

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

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

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, venue to be confirmed

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.

Thursday 22nd May 2018 1oam–12pm in Fishponds