Face to face training

How will face-to-face training benefit me?

As a carer you will want to provide the best support for the person you care for. Specific face to face training may help you better understand the needs of the person you are caring for and how you can best support them. Devon Carers have face to face training opportunities to help you with your caring role.

The courses enable carers to develop new skills and knowledge that they need to be more confident in their caring role, and meet other carers and be able to share similar experiences.  Increasing your skills will help you grow in confidence and reduce your stress levels.

All carer training courses are free to adult carers of adults, and in some cases travel and care costs may be available.

Please ensure that you give us a minimum of one week’s notice when self referring for a course.

Training Courses

We run a wide range of face to face courses which are free to adult carers of adults registered with Devon Carers.

If you are referred for a course after a Carers Assessment, our training team will contact you to discuss available dates. If you would like to self-refer for a course please contact the training team via our helpline 03456 434 435 – they will confirm if there are spaces available. It is essential to book your place on a course. No booking is guaranteed until you have received confirmation from our training team. Please ensure that you give us a minimum of one week’s notice when self referring for a course.

Would you like to become more assertive in how you communicate with people?

This workshop will give you practical skills and tools to help you become more assertive.

In this face-to-face session we will:

  • Help you understand why we communicate the way we do
  • Eliminate resentment in your communication
  • Give you practical skills to speak out
  • Talk about how to deal with confrontational people
  • Help you to eliminate the need for others’ approval
  • Discuss how to take control of your life and your choices
  • Set boundaries without confrontation or guilt

Dates, times & locations

TBC

Caring for someone can be a worry if the person you care for suddenly becomes ill or has an accident. This practical and interactive session will focus on life threatening conditions.

In this face-to-face session we will:

  • Inform you of how to safely approach a scene
  • Complete a casualty assessment, place someone in the recovery position and understand why we do it
  • Perform CPR and treat a choking casualty safely and effectively
  • Discuss common injuries; bleeds, fractures and burns
  • Give you time to ask Q&A’s

Dates, times & locations

  • Friday 15th October 10.00am to 12.30pm – Yeo Dale Hotel, 124 Pilton Street, Pilton, Barnstaple, EX31 1PG
  • Friday 19th November 10.00am to 12.30pm – The Ockment Centre, North Street, Okehampton, EX20 1AR

This course is aimed at unpaid carers to help them manage their caring role and stay well. Carers will discover what type of carer they are and how this impacts on their caring role. It will help carers to manage stress, look at the impacts of caring and find coping strategies to maintain a better life balance. Carers will be able to put together a contingency plan. Carers will also look at their communication styles and develop assertiveness techniques.

The course will:

  • Identify the type of carer you are and how this impacts on your caring role and relationships
  • Look at and identify the stress in your life and how it affects you – do you look after your own needs?
  • Discover how coping strategies can help manage the stress in your life – what you do now and what you could develop
  • Look at how to communicate with others – is it always effective?
  • Learn new ways to communicate and be assertive
  • What is a contingency plan? Do you have one – find out and start to plan your own

Dates & times

TBC

Session 1 – Being a carer

  • Looking after yourself as a carer
  • A balancing act and keeping all wheels turning
  • Keeping your thoughts positive
  • Looking at your goals and how to achieve them
  • Relaxation

Session 2 – What we say … and what we mean

  • What stops us saying what we mean?
  • How we communicate
  • Knowing our limits
  • Working in partnership with healthcare services
  • Relaxation

Session 3 – Thoughts, feelings and behaviours

  • The effects of stress
  • Influencing our thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • Challenging difficult thoughts
  • Action planning

You are encouraged to attend all of the sessions but as each is self-contained there is no obligation to attend all three or do the sessions in a set order. Please note that this course is not available in your area if you are registered with a GP funded by Torbay and South Devon CCG, therefore please contact Torbay and South Devon NHS service to attend ‘Help Overcoming Problems Effectively’ (HOPE) which is a similar course. https://www.torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/carers-service/courses-for-carers/

Dates & times

TBC

This is a short course for those who are caring for someone with dementia.

The course will:

  • Identify the types of dementia
  • Explain how to differentiate between the forms of dementia and why this is important
  • Cover language and communication – including tone of voice and vocabulary
  • Establish causes of agitation including pain, fear, depression, hunger, boredom and noise
  • Cover environmental factors – how those with dementia are affected by colour, patterns, depth perception and mirrors and how this relates to eg food intake, clothes, carpets and sheets
  • Explain delirium and how acute medical problems affect those with dementia

Dates & times

TBC

Would you like to become more confident when using technology? Do you know your WiFi from your 3G? Would you like to ensure your information is safe?

Please bring your own device (eg smart phone, tablet, laptop) to this course and make sure that it is fully charged. NB devices will not be repaired at any of the courses.

The course will:

  • Discuss the meaning of digital terminology
  • Show you how to resolve common problems
  • Cover how to keep you and your information safe online
  • Help you to become more confident using technology

Dates & times

TBC

Is the internet a mystery to you? Would you like to know what it does and how you can use it to do everyday tasks?

Please bring your own device to this course.

The course will:

  • Provide an over view of the internet
  • Show you how to carry out internet searches
  • Show you how to shop online safely
  • Teach you how to bank online safely
  • Teach you how to book an appointment safely

Dates & times

TBC

IT provides lots of opportunity to keep in touch with friends and family.

Please bring your own device (eg smart phone, tablet, laptop) to this course and make sure that it is fully charged.  NB devices will not be repaired at any of the courses.

The course will:

  • Teach you how to send/receive emails
  • Show you how to communicate with friends/family via What’s App
  • Look at the different social media apps re: Facebook/Twitter etc

Dates & times

TBC

Are you getting your relationship 5-a-day?

This two-part workshop will explore the changing nature of carers’ relationships; with the cared for, family and friends.

In this face-to-face session we will:

  • Look at relationships over time – an ever changing situation
  • Discuss communication vs connection – mistakes people make
  • Chat about your family history and how you relate
  • Manage conflict, crisis, and change
  • Discuss forgiveness with family and friends
  • Look at loneliness within a relationship
  • Plan for an uncertain future and going forward

This workshop will be informative and fun, with no requirement to share personal stories, in a safe and supportive environment.

Dates & times

Tuesday 28th September (Part 1)

Tuesday 12th October (Part 2)

10.30am to 12.30pm

Where is it taking place

CoLab, 3 King William Street, Exeter, EX4 6PD

Caring 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.

In this face-to-face session we 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

Date & time

Tuesday 21st September

10.30am to 12.30pm

Where is it taking place

Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2QA

An introductory course using mindfulness as an aid to everyday health, well-being and in supporting recovery.

The course will:

  • Cover mindful practices involving sitting, lying down and gentle movement
  • Bring attention to your sensations, emotions and thoughts
  • Help with managing stress and enhancing wellbeing in daily life
  • Provide tips on applying mindfulness to daily life

NB Whilst mindfulness can be helpful in managing depression and anxiety, this course is not recommended for people who are currently experiencing an episode of clinically diagnosed anxiety, depression or other psychiatric illness

Dates & times

TBC

This is an introductory course which outlines the principles and importance of importance of correct manual handling

Demonstrate activities where one carer is present:

  • Assisting the cared for to stand from sitting/sit from standing
  • Assisting the cared for with walking
  • Assisting the cared for to walk with the use of a walking stick and a walking frame
  • Using a transfer-board to move the cared for from chair to chair, chair to commode, wheelchair to/from car
  • Moving a wheelchair over level ground
  • Negotiating a kerb with a wheelchair – up and down
  • Assisting the cared for from wheelchair to car/car to wheelchair
  • Learning how to load/unload a wheelchair into/out of a car

Demonstrate activities where two carers are present:

  • Assist the cared for to stand from sitting/sit from standing
  • Assist the cared for to walk with the use of a walking stick
  • Assist the cared for to walk with the use of a walking frame

Dates & times

TBC

Would you like to enjoy the beauty of nature whilst learning relaxation and mindfulness techniques?

In this face-to-face session we 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

Dates, times & locations

  • Wednesday 15th September 2.00pm to 4.00pm – Bakers Park, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1LP
  • Tuesday 19th October 10.30am to 12.30pm – Okehampton Castle, Castle Lane, Okehampton, EX20 1JA
  • Wednesday 10th November 10.30am to 12.30pm – Ashclyst Forest, Killerton Estate, Broadclyst, Exeter, EX5 3LE

In the event of poor weather this will revert to an online Zoom session. Carers will be notified one week before.

Have you ever given yourself the time to sit and think about your thoughts and feelings on being a carer?

This course is also available online, to see dates click here.

We 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

Dates & times

Thursday 14th October
10.30am to 12.30pm

Tuesday 23rd November
10.30am to 12.30pm

Where is it taking place

Headway Devon, X Centre, Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AD

This course is also available online, to see dates click here.

Understanding Autism Part 1 (Cared for 18 or over)

This 2 part course is aimed at unpaid carers wanting to expand existing skills and further develop knowledge of managing autism spectrums.

The course will:

  • Cover the skills used to support individuals with autism spectrum conditions
  • Focus on sensory triggers and anxiety
  • Use group work to embed practical strategies
  • Include a questions and answers session

Understanding Autism Part 2 (Cared for 18 or over)

This 2 part course is aimed at unpaid carers wanting to expand existing skills and further develop knowledge of managing autism spectrums.

The course will:

  • Recap supportive skills, sensory triggers and anxiety covered in Understanding Autism Part 1
  • Explore and discuss practical strategies to support day to day situations
  • Provide an opportunity to explore topics raised by carers on either day of the course

NB it is not possible to do part 2 without completing part 1

Dates & times

TBC