Courses for carers

COVID-19 – Service updates

Details on the carers service disruption, due to COVID-19, can be found on our front Torbay Carers Service page.

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 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 9 February 2021 -
    Time10am - 1pm
    VenueOnline - Live course
    You will need a computer, or a tablet with a camera and a microphone for this course

    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 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.

    Whilst this is an online course, for those of you who are unable to do this online then please do let Carers Services know if you are interested in attending this as a class room event and we may be able to arrange this. For lots of useful advice and information, see our Falls, fracture prevention and bone health pages.

    DateThursday 25 February -
    Time10.30am - 1pm
    VenueOnline - Live course
    You will need a computer, or a tablet with a camera and a microphone for this course

    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 7, 14, 21, 28 May, Friday 4, 11, 18, 25 June, Friday 2, 9 and 16 July -
    Time10am - 11am - First session will include meet and greet, induction – health summary and programme
    VenueTorbay Leisure Centre, Penwill Way, Paignton
    Cost£5 for the course

    One session – 1.5 hours

    An introductory workshop to aromatherapy: how essential oils can help you live a happier, healthier lifestyle.

    We will be discussing the importance of good quality oils, learn simple self-care tips and how to use the oils safely in your home. If you would like to make your own blend during the session, please bring £5 (all oils will be provided).

    Please choose one of the dates on offer below.

    DateWednesday 21 April -
    Wednesday 12 May -
    Time10am - 11.30am
    VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

    One session – 1 hour

    How about awakening your creative side and trying your hand at making decorative Easter eggs. We will be dying eggs naturally using only a few household ingredients, such as: Red cabbage, onion skins, white vinegar, salt, eggs and a pair of tights or stockings.

    Preparation time is under an hour, plus time for the eggs to be in the dye (overnight for a deeper colour).

    You will be shown some that we made earlier and we will go through step by step instructions of what to do on the day.

    We will also send out an instruction sheet for the workshop.

    DateFriday 26 March -
    Time2pm - 3pm
    VenueOnline - Live course
    You will need a computer, or a tablet with a camera and a microphone for this course

    A 5 week course, 1 hour 30 minutes per week

    Coaching creates a space where you can explore your current situation, the balance of your life and what dreams or aspirations you might like to explore. Life can get very busy, especially as a carer, so making some time for yourself is paramount.

    This course will cover the following areas:

    • Gaining clarity in life’s busyness/the wheel of life exercise
    • The 3 Principles
    • How to manage your thoughts more effectively; enhancing peace and wellbeing
    • Discover your true talents and create your goals
    • How your values affect your choices

    The group will be led by Natalie Townsend, NHS Coach and the content is suitable for all carers. If you require any more information please contact Natalie on: 01803 208456.

    DateThursday 6, 13, 20, 27 May, Thursday 3 June -
    Time1pm - 2.30pm
    VenueOnline - Live course
    You will need a computer, or a tablet with a camera and a microphone for this course

    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 timeTBA
    VenueOnline - 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

    2 hour online session

    TALKWORKS sleep workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the science behind sleep, it covers factors that will affect the ability to sleep and offer a range of techniques to help you improve your sleep routine. This is an online course to be run via Microsoft Teams - instructions to set his up will be provided on booking with TALKWORKS.

    To request a place on this course please call TALKWORKS direct on 0300 555 3344, and ask to speak to the Torbay team to be booked onto the Carers sleep workshop.

    Please choose which date and time are most suitable and book your place on the number provided.

    Date and timeMonday 1 March (6pm - 8pm)
    Monday 17 March (12 noon 2pm)
    Monday 31 March (6pm - 8pm) (
    VenueOnline - Live course until further notice
    You will need a computer, or a tablet with a camera and a microphone for this course

    TECS - Technology Enabled Care

    TECS provide assistive technology to support you and those you care for, to remain as independent as possible.

    We are currently offering a 2 hour session, which will cover:

    • 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?

    To book on this course please ring 0300 100 0255 stating your preferred date and time.

    Date and timeTuesday 9 March (10.30am - 12.30pm)
    Tuesday 23 March (2pm - 4pm)
    Tuesday 4 May (10.30am - 12.30pm)
    Tuesday 25 May (2pm - 4pm)
    VenueOnline - Live course until further notice
    You will need a computer, or a tablet with a camera and a microphone for this course

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