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

Monday 11th July 10am-12.30pm. Exeter Co-Lab, Wat Tyler House, King William St, Exeter, EX4 6PD

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

Tuesday 14th June 10am-12.30pm Barnstaple Library, Tuly St, Barnstaple, EX31 1EL

Thursday 7th July 10am-12.30pm Exeter Co-Lab, Wat Tyler house, King Williams St, Exeter, EX4 6PD

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

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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

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Caring for people with dementia can be difficult as we see them struggle with everyday tasks. But to communicate with the person you care for more effectively, we need to improve our own interpersonal skills.

The course 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

Dates & times

TBC

People living with dementia can be affected by environmental factors.

The course will:

  • Look at the environmental factors that affect people with dementia
  • Discuss problems with depth perspective e.g. 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

Dates & times

TBC

People living with dementia can be affected by environmental factors.

The course will:

  • Look at the environmental factors that affect people with dementia
  • Discuss problems with depth perspective e.g. 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

Dates & times

TBC

Does the person you care for have trouble sleeping?

The course will:

  • Discuss the importance of sleep and what happens to sleep patterns for someone with dementia
  • Look at how sleep varies when we age
  • Chat about which food and drink can affect our sleep
  • Offer strategies to help improve sleep patterns

Dates & times

TBC

Are you an ex-carer no longer caring due to bereavement? This three-part course has been devised to support you.

The course will:

Dates, times & locations

  • (Part 1) Wednesday 1st June 10.30am-12.30pm. Cumberland Grange care Home, Cumberland Way, Exeter, EX1 3ZU
  • (Part 2) Wednesday 8th June 10.30am-12.30pm Cumberland Grange care home, Cumberland Way, Exeter, EX1 3ZU
  • (Part 3) Wednesday 15th June 10.30am-12.30pm Cumberland Grange care home, Cumberland Way, Exeter, EX1 3ZU

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 everchanging 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 & locations

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 & locations

Wednesday 29th June 10.30am-12.30pm Barnstaple Library, Tuly St, Barnstaple, EX31 1EL

Wednesday 20th July 10.30am-12.30pm Exeter Co-Lab, Wat Tyler House, King William St, Exeter, EX4 6PD

Caring for others can be stressful but with the added mental and physical pressures of the menopause, it can make coping even more challenging.

In this face-to-face session we 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

Dates, times & locations

TBC

Caring for someone can be very difficult at times, and it is important to practice self-care.

In this face-to-face session we will:

  • Discuss what is self-care?
  • Highlight that you need to be able to look after yourself, to the best of your ability, both physically and emotionally
  • Look at how this workshop can help you to care for your cared for person
  • Help you to gain a better understanding by learning coping strategies and managing stress levels

Dates, times & locations

Wednesday 13th July 10.30am-1pm Honiton Methodist Church, Chapel St, Honiton, EX14 1EU

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

In this live, real-time Zoom 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

Tuesday 14th June 2pm-4pm Rock Park, 1881 Ladies’ Mile, Barnstaple, EX32 9AQ

Tuesday 12th July 2pm-4pm Long Timber Woods, Station Road, Ivybridge, PL21 0AJ

Tuesday 2nd August 2pm-4pm Simmons Park, Okehampton, EX20 1PW

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

In this live, real-time Zoom session 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 & locations

Tuesday 28th June 10am-12.30pm Cumberland Grange care home, Cumberland Way, Exeter, EX1 3ZU

Do you have trouble sleeping? This workshop will enable you look at improving the quality of your sleep patterns to chat through related issues with other carers.

In this face-to-face session we will:

  • Allow an informal discussion to identify sleep problems
  • Find solutions that carers need to get a good night’s sleep

Dates, times & locations

Wednesday 22nd June 10.30am-12.30pm The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2QA