Courses

Caring with Confidence is the ‘umbrella’ term covering all our short courses and information sessions.  The emphasis is on gaining and sharing skills, and we cover a diverse range of topics.  Some sessions are aimed at maintaining your own health and wellbeing, helping you to cope with the demands of caring for someone.  These include De Stress, I Matter and Mindfulness.  Others focus on increasing awareness around specific conditions, such as Understanding Dementia, Diet & Type 2 Diabetes and Challenging Behaviour. All courses take place in a safe environment, with experienced facilitators – if you’re interested and want to know more, have a look using the tabs above then just let us know if there’s anything you’d like to come along to.

You can also use our  Learning Hub to access a selection of short information sessions at a time that suits you – day or night! 

 

Keep an eye on our What’s On newsletter and our Facebook page, where you will find information about courses and information sessions that are running over the next few months.  It’s easy to register for places by getting in touch with the Caring with Confidence team on 0800 975 2131. Let us know if you’d like to be added to the mailing list for a paper (or electronic) copy of What’s On.

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You can also book a place online via our Calendar of Events page– simply search the calendar to find the event that you wish to book, then click on the event, complete the booking form and click Send your booking.    

If groups are more your thing, you can find out more in the groups section under Services for Carers or by clicking this Carer Groups link.

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Really Useful Things for Carers

Does what it says on the tin!  This session focuses on the kind of help that is available to carers, and importantly, how to get it.

“An excellent informative session.  Very informal with time for personal discussion.  Thank you.”

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a written, legal document giving someone else authority to take actions or make decisions on your behalf.  This session provides a light-hearted look at a serious subject.

Community Alarm & Telecare

If you or the person you care for lives alone, or are perhaps at risk from falls or sudden illness, the Community Alarm and Telecare Service can offer reassurance to you and your family to maintain independence in your own home. It gives you, your family and carers confidence that you can get help quickly in a crisis. The service provides a round-the-clock lifeline to the outside world at your fingertips. 

 
 
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I Matter

Many carers tend to put the needs of the person they care for before their own needs.  But you matter too.  Your wellbeing is very important and these sessions are all about looking after your own physical and emotional health whilst caring for someone else. 

De Stress

The simple aim of this session is to help you relax, unwind and feel better.  The techniques that you learn can be put into practice any time, any place, anywhere.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment using techniques such as meditation and breathing.  It helps us to become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we are better able to manage them.

This 4 week course will introduce you mindfulness, which you can then practice anywhere.

Taking Control

Many of us find it difficult to say ‘No’, whether to family and friends or people that we have day to day dealings with in the community.  However, learning to be more assertive can help carers to communicate more effectively and feel more in control of their lives.  If you would like to build your confidence and become more assertive, this is the course for you.

 Wellbeing Reviews

Carers Link also offers a ‘one-to-one’ Wellbeing Review service.  Wellbeing Co-ordinator Judith Gaertner will visit you at home to chat about your health and wellbeing.  Together you will then create a few simple goals which, once achieved, will improve your health and wellbeing and will hopefully support you with continuing to look after the person you care for.  You can find out more by clicking the Wellbeing Reviews link.

 
 
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We know that caring for someone can be rewarding and also challenging, and certain specific conditions have their own unique challenges.  With this in mind, we offer the following information sessions:

Understanding Dementia: This session explores what dementia is and the effect it has on families.  We also look at coping strategies and there is opportunity for questions and discussion.

Changing Relationships: Caring can place great stress both on your relationship with the person you care for and with other members of the family.  This session explores these changes and talks about strategies that might help.

Diet & Type 2 Diabetes: Information and advice for those who have, or care for someone with this condition, including information on healthy eating, medication and signs to look for in the elderly.

Think Better Feel Better: Mental health affects us all.  How we think and feel impacts on our behavior and how we cope when things get tough.  Problems range from everyday worries to serious long-term conditions.  The aim of this session is to support you and help you cope.

The above list is not exhaustive.  Keep an eye on What's On, Facebook and our Calendar of Events page for details of forthcoming events.  And if you have any suggestions for new topics that would be helpful for carers, please let us know.

Also, if you are a healthcare professional and could offer information and advice to carers by way of an information session, we’d love to hear from you.  Please contact either Jon or Heather on 0800 975 2131 or 0141 955 2131 or by using our Contact Form.

Parent Carers

Parents who have children with additional support, or complex, needs are faced with a long-term commitment to provide specialist care.  Meeting with others who perhaps share similar experiences can be hugely helpful and reassuring.  Our Parent Carer Groups provide an opportunity for parents of children with support needs to meet up and share knowledge and experiences over coffee.  Click here for details.

 
 
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Finance & Benefits

We regularly team up with Citizens Advice Bureau to provide information sessions on financial matters that are relevant to carers.  Past topics have included Welfare Reform, Financial Inclusion, Income Maximisation. 

Self-Directed Support

Self-directed Support is where you arrange some or all of your support instead of receiving services from your local authority Social Work Services. Self-directed Support gives you genuine control over the day to day support that you need.

We liaise with the Take Control support service in East Dunbartonshire to bring information sessions to carers who want to know more.

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a written, legal document giving someone else authority to take actions or make decisions on your behalf.  This session provides a light-hearted look at a serious subject.

 
 
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