Courses for carers

These programmes are available to unpaid carers who live in Torbay and care for someone living here. Unless otherwise stated programmes are provided free of charge.

The course outlines are described below and in our Carers Education Brochure. You can either by apply online below or using the application form on page 15 of the brochure.

In addition to the courses provided by Torbay Carers in Torbay, Devon Recovery Learning Community provides free courses for people with experience of mental health difficulties, their family and friends. For more information please visit https://devonrlc.co.uk.

Review the outlines and available dates by clicking on the course titles below. You can apply for a maximum of 3 courses.

A 3 hour course

This course has been specifically designed for carers to cover key areas that family carers need to learn.

The course will be practical and give carers the chance to discuss their particular needs.

This session covers:

  • Dealing with incidents
  • Basic resuscitation
  • Heart attacks and strokes
  • Burns, scalds
  • Poisoning, choking
  • Shock, bleeding, fractures and management of the unconscious casualty.
DateMonday 8th May 2017 -
Time10am - 1pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

A handbook will be provided for each participant, that covers the key course information.

The course is free to carers (NB: This programme is not available to staff working in agencies or paid carers).

A 3 hour course

This course has been specifically designed for carers to cover key areas that family carers need to learn.

The course will be practical and give carers the chance to discuss their particular needs.

This session covers:

  • Causes of back injury
  • Principles of safer handling
  • Risk assessment in moving and handling
  • Safe moving techniques
  • Safe patient handling between bed and wheelchair, chair to chair, bed transfers and hoisting if required
  • How to prevent pressure ulcers.
Date(Date to be advised) -
Time1.30pm - 4.30pm
VenuePaignton Social Hall, Behind Paignton Hospital

The course is free to carers (NB: This programme is not available to staff working in agencies or paid carers).

A moving and handling handbook with course overview will be provided.

A 2.5 hour session for carers of older people

Run by Jane Reddaway, Occupational Therapist and Clinical Specialist Falls

This session covers:

  • The problems of falls in older people and dispelling the myths
  • Helping those who attend to understand the ageing process and how this increases a person’s risk of falling
  • Information about fracture prevention and osteoporosis
  • Introducing the falls register
  • Exploring possible strategies to reduce falls/fractures in the future.
DateThursday 2nd March 2017 -
Time10.30am - 1pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

A 3 week course - 2.5 hours per session

You can only care for others if you look after yourself. This course explores the role of caring and the impact this can have on one’s own wellbeing.

Carers will learn ways in which to manage the carer role and how to make sure their needs aren’t neglected.

DateFriday 12th, 19th, 26th May 2017 -
Time10am - 12.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

An 11 week supervised gym programme

The course will include an eleven week supervised gym programme with a trained fitness instructor, aimed at all levels of fitness.

A tailored programme will be put together to establish regular physical activity, to improve health and wellbeing.

Each course will have a small group of carers.

There will be a £5 charge for this course. Please pay at reception on arrival and take your receipt to the gym area.

Participants will have an individual fitness assessment prior to starting the programme with the Fitness Instructor.

DateFriday 3rd March - 19th May 2017 -
TimeFirst session please allow 2 hours meet and greet, induction - health summary and programme (10am - 12 noon)
Thereafter 10am - 11am
VenueTorbay Leisure Centre, Penwill Way, Paignton

* For carers who complete the 11 week gym programme, membership will be available, at the reduced rate of £23 a month, to include unlimited use of the gym and pool.

Torbay Leisure Centre will also be running an ongoing 10 week course for Carers at the rate of £20. Please speak to Simon Kitchin, Fitness Manager for details.

A 2.5 hour course

The session will provide the practical skills of nail trimming, filing techniques with the appropriate equipment and advice on how to take care of your feet.

This session covers:

  • General foot health education, including skin care and footwear advice
  • Enable carers to carry out general foot inspections and recognise any problems
  • The role of podiatry, including why social nail care does not require treatment from a qualified podiatrist
  • Provide carers with a better understanding of how diabetes can affect the feet
  • Enable carers to recognise the low risk to ‘at risk of ulceration’ feet
  • What to do when you recognise a problem
  • How to access Podiatry if a problem develops.
DateThursday 20th April 2017 -
Time2pm - 4.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

A 5 week course - 2 hours per session

Over the course of five weeks we will experiment with different textile techniques.

You will learn how to:

  • Print with stamps and found objects
  • Shibori - advanced tie dye
  • Discharge printing – removing colour from facric using bleach, creating various designs

We will aim to finish a project in a two-hour session, so you can take your completed item home.

The materials will be provided by the tutor with a £5 charge per session, per learner.

DateMarch 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 2017 -
Time10.30am - 12.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

A 4 session programme, with a choice of courses during February, April and June

This free course will empower you to look after yourselves, support you to find ways to get the help you need, while looking after someone with long term illness. Group sizes will be small.

This course covers:

  • Coping with the uncertainty of the future
  • Developing ways of managing the effects of the illness on you and the cared for
  • Symptoms and how to deal with them
  • Getting support and help you need
  • Improving communication with family and professionals
  • Looking after you.

Arrangements can be made for transport or to look after the cared for person if required.

This is a four session programme, with a choice of courses during February, April and June.

DateSession 1: February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th - 2017 -
Session 2: April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th - 2017 -
Session 3: June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th - 2017 -
Time10am - 2pm
VenueOlive Carers, St. Edmunds Community Support Centre, Torquay

“It has been really helpful being able to talk to people in the same situation”
Quote from a participant on the course.

A 3 hour course.

Caring can be very stressful, so we have put together a 3 hour course that will look at some common causes and signs of stress and how you might cope with stress more effectively.

The course will include:

  • A definition of stress
  • How to understand the physiology of ‘fight and flight’
  • How to recognise some of the signs and symptoms which indicate stress
  • Understanding the effects of stress
  • Methods used to identify stress levels
  • How to access support
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Time Management.
DateWednesday 10th May 2017 -
Time10am - 1pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

A 5 week course - 2 hours per session.

You can choose any project that suits you, from:

  • Making clothes
  • A simple quilt from old clothes, or scraps of fabric
  • Bunting
  • A shopping bag
  • Or learn how to use the sewing machine that you’ve had for years

All the projects are welcome.

Please bring your Sewing machine with its manual, as well as the project you want to work on, for example pattern for a skirt, fabric, sewing tools. Materials for some projects (bunting, bags and scrap quilts) could be provided at a £5 charge per session, per person, required to cover the cost.

DateThursday 27th April 2017, Thursday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th May 2017 -
Time10am - 12.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

A 5 week course

This introduction to beadwork will show you that it is about far more than stringing beads. You will learn how to make beautiful jewellery in the colours that suit you, in your style and to your taste.

The tutor will have equipment to borrow and beads. Approx cost of the beads will be £3 per session. For photos and more information go to: www.jalsbeads.com

DateWednesday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th April 2017 Wednesday 3rd May 2017 -
Time2pm - 4pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

A 5 week programme - 1.5 hours per week

This course offers a fusion between yoga and pilates to enhance complete fitness, strength, flexibility, relaxation and well-being.

DateTuesday 14th, 21st, 28th March 2017, Tuesday 4th, 11th April 2017 -
Time10.30am - 12 noon
VenueSouth Devon College, Level 3 (3.007), Long Road, TQ4 7EJ
CostA one-off payment of £15 to be paid on arrival

A 3 week course - 2.5 hours per session

Ever felt out of your depth? Overwhelmed? Pulled in all directions? Ever wanted to get off the hamster wheel and stop for a while?

This course could help you. I am a carer and this plan has worked for me, so I am confident that it can work for you - the more of yourself you put into the course, the more you will get out of it.

This course will include WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) principles – what strategies work well as a carer, how we maintain our wellbeing and how we recover it once it has been jeopardized. We will creatively adapt an action plan using craft materials, magazines, articles and creative writing, the possibilities are endless.

DateThursday 22nd, 29th June 2017, Thursday 6th July 2017 -
Time10am - 12.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

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