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.

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 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.
DateTuesday 4th September 2018 -
Time10am - 1pm
VenuePaignton Library, First Floor, Room 10

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 5 week course - 1.5 hours per week

This is a weekly class providing the space to practice simple techniques to nurture oneself.

It will offer a range of tools for personal use that include:

  • Breathing and meditation exercises
  • Methods for deep relaxation and unwinding
  • Practices for integrating, centring and grounding

The group will be led by Penny Rouvas, who has worked in health and education for over 15 years. The session is suitable for ALL. Mats will be provided (chairs will also be available for those who need them) Please bring a blanket to cover yourself during relaxation.

DatesMonday 1st, 8th, 15th, (No session on the 22nd) and 29th October, Monday 5th November 2018 -
Time1pm - 2.30pm
VenuePaignton Library, First Floor, Room 13

A new course - One session, 3 hours

This session aims to help Carers to understand what the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are all about by providing an opportunity to discuss:

  • Why the safeguards are in place
  • Who the safeguards effect and why
  • How a deprivation of a person’s liberty can occur
  • The legal position should a person become deprived of their liberty
  • How the safeguards provide a legal framework to protect people who are deprived of their liberty.
  • How the process of protecting people who are deprived of their liberty is likely to change in the future.

The session will be facilitated by a member of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Team based within Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and will enable you to ask questions about how the safeguards are implemented locally within Torbay.

DateTuesday 23rd October 2018 -
Time10am - 1pm
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 £10 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.

DatesFriday 14th September - 16th November 2018 -
VenueTorbay Leisure Centre, Penwill Way, Paignton
TimeFirst session please allow 2 hours meet and greet, induction - health summary and programme (10am - 12 noon). Thereafter 10am - 11am

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 2nd August 2018 -
Time2pm - 4.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

A 5 week programme – 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 feel less 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.

DatesMonday, October 15th, 22nd, 29th, and November 5th, 12th 2018 -
Time10am - 12 noon
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

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.
DateTuesday 11th September 2018 -
Time10am - 1pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

One session, 1 hour

This session will provide you with a better understanding of hearing aids, how they work and provide you with the skills required to perform basic maintenance of them.

Areas covered in the course:

  • General ear education
  • Beginners guide to hearing aids
  • How to insert hearing aids correctly
  • Enable carers to carry out maintenance
  • Help to identify ‘problems’ and what to do to resolve it
  • How to access the Audiology Service
  • Where to find additional help
DateWednesday 14th November 2018 -
Time2.30pm - 3.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

A 5 week course - 2.5 hours per week

This sewing workshop is only suitable for those who are confident about using their own sewing machine and can sew autonomously.

You will need to decide on which bear you would like to make and order online at:

If you do not have access to a computer then please contact Natalie Townsend on: (01803) 208456 to organise a time to come in and access an NHS laptop.

The kit includes the pattern, fur and everything you need to make your beautiful bear.

Bring your sewing machine and your bear pack and together you will be instructed and guided throughout the process of making your bear.

Other items to bring: Scissors, pins, sewing kit/thread.

DatesTuesday 6th, 13th, (no class 20th), 27th November, and 4th, 10th December 2018 -
Time1.30pm - 4pm
VenuePaignton Library, First Floor, Room 10

One session – 2 hours

Do you like the idea of communicating with others without using the computer, or a telephone; then Amateur Radio may be for you. If you would like more information, please ring Phil on: 07591 685707

Areas covered in the course:

  • What is amateur radio?
  • How to become a radio amateur
  • Ways of using amateur radio
  • Getting started in amateur radio
  • The social side of amateur radio
DateTuesday 30th October 2018 -
Time10am - 12 noon
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. The course fee includes a voucher for coffee in the restaurant.

Two programmes are offered over the next six months, please pick which one is most suitable. If your choice is oversubscribed, we will contact you to offer alternative dates.

DatesTuesday 18th September – 16th October 2018 -
Time10.30am - 12 noon
VenueSouth Devon College, Level 3 (3.007), Long Road, TQ4 7EJ
CostA one off payment of £10 to be paid on arrival, this will also include a cup of coffee from the restaurant.

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 1st November 2018 -
Time10.30am - 1pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

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