Devon Carers Online Courses

General

We offer a wide range of virtual courses where you can meet up with other unpaid carers to discuss a variety of subjects, to help support you in your caring role. These online courses will take place on Zoom and are open to any carer 18+, who cares for an adult to attend.

To book your place on any of the courses below please email your name and date of birth with the course title and date you’d like to attend to: sally.radcliffe@devoncarers.org.uk.

NB: No place is booked until you have received an email from the training team confirming this.

If you need any assistance to help you to access Zoom we may be able to offer you IT Support, but this must be booked well in advance of the course. Please contact our Helpline to request this assistance 03456 434 435, email info@devoncarers.org.uk or click on the ‘Ask’ button on our homepage www.devoncarers.org.uk and chat online with our Helpline.

Please read our helpful tips and guidelines on using Zoom before attending any of our online sessions here.

CourseCourse InfoDay, Date & Time
Basic First Aid Q&ALearning basic first aid is essential for every day caring roles to give you the confidence to act in a practical and safe way, should a medical emergency arise.
This live, real-time Zoom session will:
  • Offer a Q&A session for first aid related questions
  • Guide you in what to do when approaching the scene of an emergency/first aid situation and decision making to manage the situation effectively
Friday 28th May
Wednesday 30th June
Friday 23rd July

10.30am to 12 noon
Caring for Carers
Three session course
When you are caring for others it can become easy to forget about your own health and wellbeing, but it is important that you don’t!
This live, real-time three-week course will:
  • Help you to manage your caring role and to stay well
  • Discover what type of carer you are and how it impacts on your caring role
  • Help you identify and manage stress
  • Look at the effects of caring and find coping strategies
  • Create a contingency plan, to give you peace of mind when anything unexpected or urgent happens
Tuesday 22nd, 29th June and 6th July

10.00am to 11.00am
How to identify a Financial ScamWe are currently seeing an increase in COVID-19 related scams over the phone, online and face-to-face, which means we and the people we care for are becoming even more vulnerable to financial abuse.
We are joined by a representative from Natwest for this live, real-time online Zoom session and will:
  • Make you aware of the different types of scams we are currently facing
  • Help to prevent you being scammed and discuss ways to protect you, your family and friends
  • Help you to protect your money
  • Answer any questions around the subject of scamming
Tuesday 29th June

10.30am to 11.30am
Looking After You; Looking After your RelationshipThis two-part workshop will explore the changing nature of carers’ relationships; with the cared for, family and friends.
In this live, real-time online Zoom session we will look at:
  • Relationships over time - an everchanging situation
  • Communication vs connection - mistakes people make
  • Are you getting your relationship 5-a-day?
  • Your family history and how you relate
  • Managing conflict, crisis and change
  • Forgiveness - family and friends
  • Loneliness within a relationship
  • Planning for an uncertain future and going forward

This workshop will be informative and fun. There will be no requirement to share personal stories and you will be in a safe and supportive environment.
Monday 12th July (Part 1)

Monday 26th July (Part 2)

10.30am to 12 noon
Managing StressCaring can be rewarding but also stressful at the same time. We will look at stress, its causes, symptoms and a variety of ways of limiting its effect. We will use a variety of techniques to find methods that work for you.
This live, real-time Zoom session will:
  • Discuss the awareness of stress, its symptoms and how it affects us
  • Develop an understanding of mindfulness and resilience
  • Equip you with coping strategies to help you manage stress
  • Identify the point when further assistance may be needed
  • Guide you on what to do if they are feeling overly stressed and where to get further support and advice
Tuesday 25th May
6.00pm to 7.30pm

Wednesday 21st July
10.30am to 12 noon
Relaxation and wellbeing in nature, with mindfulness practisesWould you like to enjoy the beauty of nature whilst learning relaxation and mindfulness techniques from your own home?
This live, real-time Zoom session will:
  • Include a guided meditation
  • Give you strategies to help you let go of your worries and find peace and joy in the moment
  • Offer you time to reflect and share your experience with others
Wednesday 16th June
Thursday 15th July

2.00pm - 3.30pm
Thoughts, Feelings & ChallengesHave you ever given yourself the time to sit and think about your thoughts and feelings on being a carer?
This live, real-time session will:
  • Give you space to talk about your thoughts and feelings on being a carer
  • Allow you to explore the challenges you face and look at strategies to help you manage those challenges
Tuesday 15th June
Tuesday 3rd August

10.30am to 12.30pm
Sleep WorkshopDo you have trouble sleeping? This workshop will enable carers who are looking to improve the quality of their sleep patterns to chat through related issues with other carers.
This live, real-time online Zoom session will:
  • Allow an informal discussion to identify sleep problems
  • Find solutions that carers need to get a good night’s sleep
Wednesday 19th May
Tuesday 6th July

10.30am to 12.30pm
Unpaid Carers and the MenopauseCaring for others can be stressful but with the added mental and physical pressures of the menopause, it can make coping even more challenging.
This live, real-time session will:
  • Allow you to talk about the issues that you face with the menopause
  • Discuss strategies to cope with the identified issues and how this will enable you to cope with your caring role
Tuesday 20th July

10.30am to 12.30pm

Autism Related Courses

CourseCourse InfoDay, Date & Time
Understanding Autism (Part 1)This live online, real-time Zoom session will cover:
  • Overview of Autism spectrum conditions and neurodiversity
  • Autism and mental health
  • Provide practical support during and after Covid 19 lockdown
  • Practical strategies around effective communication and support

Friday 26th March

9.30am – 11.30 am
Autism & Sensory DifferencesThis live online, real-time Zoom session will cover:
  • Explanation of hyper/hypo sensitivity
  • Breakdown of eight senses and how hyper/hypo sensitivity can affect a person
  • Emphasis on how physical environment can impact on a person
  • Practical strategies to support sensory difficulties
Friday 16th April

9.30am – 11.30 am

Dementia Related Courses

CourseCourse InfoDay, Date & Time
Causes of distress and agitation and its impact for those living with dementiaThose living with dementia can experience agitation, which can be brought about by external factors.
This live, real-time session will:
  • Chat about distress and agitation, and what causes this
  • Discuss cause and effect of pain, fear, depression, boredom, hunger, and thirst
  • Look at delirium, which can be mistaken for dementia
Wednesday 14th July

2.00pm to 3.30pm
Dementia and Effective CommunicationCaring for people with dementia can be difficult as we see them struggle with everyday tasks. But to communicate with your cared for more effectively, we need to improve our own interpersonal skills.
This live, real-time Zoom session will:
  • Look at five different types of dementia
  • Discuss problems with communication and how to avoid miscommunication issues
  • Chat about problems experienced by asking questions
Thursday 20th May

2.00pm to 3.30pm
Dementia and the EnvironmentPeople living with dementia can be affected by environmental factors.
This live, real-time Zoom session will:
  • Look at the environmental factors that affect people with dementia
  • Discuss problems with depth perspective eg why a person can’t see the food on their plate/patterned carpets
  • Talk about stored and working memory
    - Discuss the importance of routine and sleep
Thursday 5th August

10.30m to 12 noon
Dementia and sleepDoes the person you care for have trouble sleeping?
This live, real-time Zoom session will:
  • Discuss the importance of sleep and what happens to sleep patterns for someone with dementia
  • Look at how sleep varies when we age
    - Which food and drink can affect our sleep
  • Strategies to help improve sleep patterns
    Thursday 17th June

    10.30am to 12noon
    When the bathroom becomes a battlefield for someone with dementiaIf you care for someone with dementia, personal care can become a challenge.
    In this live, real-time session we will:
    • Look at the environment factors
    • Chat about which clothes are easier to get dressed in
    • Discuss pain and discomfort the person with dementia may feel
    • Importance of language and routine
    • Look at easier ways to clean teeth and shave
    • Talk about Agnosia – not recognising faces
    • Discuss why people with dementia maybe fearful
    Tuesday 27th July

    2.00pm to 3.30pm

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