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 apply online or by using the application form in the brochure. If you have any questions please contact us at Signposts for Carers on 01803 666620 or our contact form.

The Trust’s staff training programmes are also accessible to carers, both face-to-face training, and online training. If there is training that you think you might benefit from that isn’t available via carers education, especially training that is more medical, please contact Signposts on 01803 666620 or via our contact form to find out more.

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

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

    A 4 week course

    Create a colourful Mandala pebble by painting dots in a simple geometric pattern, with no specialist skills required and full tuition given. Each week you will immerse yourself in the calming process of creating beautiful tactile designs. You will achieve a E3 Craft Qualification.

    Date Monday 6, 20, 27 February and 6 March -
    Time 10am - 12noon
    Venue Centre for Health and Care Professions (CHCP), 187 Newton Road, Torquay, TQ2 7FT

    1.5 hour course

    TECS stands for Technology Enabled Care Services. NRS Healthcare are working with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust to provide assistive technology to support individuals to remain independent by living in their own homes whilst giving service users and others peace of mind.

    TECS look at a range of technology which can be linked either to a call centre or named representatives who are alerted if a service user gets into difficulty. TECS gives confidence to service users whilst away from the home environment. Carers Services is working with NRS Healthcare in Torbay to provide Technology Enabled Care equipment loans for carers for up to three months free.

    This course is offered in addition to your 3 choices in the Education Brochure.

    Areas covered in the course:

    • What is TECS and how can it help me/my family?
    • What support will I receive in choosing the right equipment?
    • What will it cost or will I be able to get financial support?
    • Who installs the equipment and how is it maintained?
    • Where can I find more information?
    Date Wednesday 15 February -
    Friday 14 April -
    Wednesday 14 June -
    Venue The Drummond Suite, First Floor, Paignton Library

    An 11 week supervised gym programme

    The course will include an 11 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.

    Date Friday 24 February, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March, 7, 14, 21, 28, April and 5 May -
    Time 10am - 11am - First session will include meet and greet, induction – health summary and programme
    Venue Torbay Leisure Centre, Penwill Way, Paignton
    Cost £5 for the course

    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:

    Date Thursday 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 March -
    Time 1pm - 3pm
    Venue The Drummond Suite, First Floor, Paignton Library

    A 4 week course

    Have you ever wanted to gain new skills at gardening or do you simply want to get back to nature and enjoy the outdoors and meet new people, then this course is for you. We will be covering:

    • Sowing and growing seeds
    • Identification and control of weeds
    • Preparing soil to plant and identify and grow vegetables and flowers
    • How to make and use composts

    Please bring a packed lunch.

    Date Tuesday 7, 14, 21 and 28 March -
    Time 10.30am - 2.30pm
    Venue Parkfield, Paignton

    A 3 week course

    Come along and learn a new crafting skill, create gifts and meet new people with common interests.

    This session covers:

    • Natural woven garden ornament
    • Kintsugi - making broken pottery into a work of art teaches you that your broken places make you stronger and better than ever before
    • Table decorations using flowers and floristry skills

    Please bring a packed lunch.

    Date Friday 10, 17 and 24 March -
    Time 10.30am - 2.30pm
    Venue The Pad in Paignton (Eat That Frog)

    A 9 week course

    This fresh approach to watercolour looks first at the process of painting as a means to calm and de-stress. Many people love the idea of painting but hold themselves back from starting because they are worried about not being good enough or not feeling they are creative. This watercolour course is accessible to everyone, you will start by painting very simple lines, patterns, and shapes in calming and dynamic colours, by concentrating each week on brush strokes and techniques. You will build up your skills and gain a Level 1 Qualification in Creative Craft, Art and Design. A small amount of written work will be part of the course.

    Date Monday 13, 20, 27 March, 17, 24 April, 1, 8, 15 and 22 May -
    Time 10am - 12noon
    Venue Centre for Health and Care Professions (CHCP), 187 Newton Road, Torquay, TQ2 7FT

    2 hour course

    This course, delivered by a Dental Nurse, talks about the importance of looking after teeth (whether for you as the carer or supporting the person you care for with their tooth hygiene).

    The session will focus particularly on teeth hygiene, the difficulties around decay and gum disease, and will show good brushing techniques.

    Date Tuesday 18 April -
    Time 10.30am - 12.30pm
    Venue Paignton Carers Centre

    A 5 week course

    If you have enjoyed beadwork before this, then this course is for you. You will build on your past experience to make more intricate 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:

    Date Wednesday 19, 26 April, 3, 10 and 17, May -
    Time 1pm - 3pm
    Venue The Drummond Suite, First Floor, Paignton Library

    A 2 hour 30 minutes 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.
    Date Thursday 11 May -
    Time 10.30am - 1pm
    Venue The Drummond Suite, First Floor, Paignton Library

    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.
    Date Thursday 1 June -
    Time 10am - 1pm
    Venue The Drummond Suite, First Floor, Paignton Library

    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 care staff).

    A 6 week course – 2 hours per week

    What is HOPE?

    HOPE stands for Help Overcoming Problems Effectively. It is a licensed programme that helps people who are living with and whose lives are being affected by a long-term condition achieve ‘What matters to them’ and their carers.

    What can HOPE do for you?

    It aims to help you to achieve some of the following positive outcomes and to:

    • Feel more able to support and share your experiences with others to help you feelless isolated
    • Feel reassured and able to recognise your own potential and enhance your happiness and quality of life
    • Feel more confident in dealing with emotional issues such as anxiety, anger, depression and uncertainty
    • Increase your ability to handle stressful situations
    • Discover how to use relaxation techniques to refresh your mind and body
    • Learn how to make plans and achieve goals that are important to you that can help you make changes for the better
    • Use the skills from the course to improve and self-manage your life

    We will cover: managing fatigue, getting active/feeling good, goal setting, gratitude diary, managing stress and communication.

    Date and time Various dates available. Ring for more information.
    Venue Online - Live course until further notice
    You will need a computer, or a tablet with a camera and a microphone for this course

    To book on this course please ring 01803 210493 or email

    Step One
    Be Well @ Step One aims to help people who may not have support to manage their mental health. Courses include: Anxiety, Coping with Change and Developing Resilience among others.
    For more information go to:

    Devon Recovery Learning Community
    A recovery college provided by Devon Partnership NHS Trust, to support mental health and wellbeing. There are Free Courses and resources available.
    For more information contact: (01392) 677067 or email: or go to:

    Orange Box also known as Learning Curve
    Provide 38 fully funded Level 2 Courses covering a range of subjects from Autism, Health & Social Care, to Counselling.
    To find out more contact: (01492) 874530 or go to:
    They do charge for cancellation of a course, should you leave midway: £120 - £140

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