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.

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 April 2019 -
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 hour 30 minutes per week

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

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.

DatesTuesday 18th, 25th June, 2nd, 9th, 16th July 2019 -
Time1pm - 2.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

One session, 2 hours 30 minutes

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 19th March 2019 -
Time2pm - 4.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

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 7th June (No class on the 14th due to Carers Week), 21st, 28th, 5th July, 12th, 19th, 26th, 2nd August, 9th, 16th, 23rd 2019 -
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 hours 30 minutes 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 6th June 2019 -
Time2pm - 4.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

A 5 week programme – 2 hours 30 minutes 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 4th March – 1st April 2019 -
Time10am - 12.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

A 12 week course - Level 2

This qualification provides learners with a range of underpinning knowledge in areas such as healthy eating, nutritional needs, weight management, eating disorders and food safety in the home environment. The qualification supports the Government drive to empower individuals to make healthy choices, a key focus of which is the need to educate and change behaviour on diet and nutrition to reduce the prevalence of obesity.

DateWednesday 13th March – 29th May 2019 -
Time9.30am - 3pm (with a break for lunch)
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

A 12 week course - Level 2

This qualification is designed to increase learners’ awareness and understanding of behaviour that challenges and its effects. Challenging behaviour is causing increasing concern today as many individuals have increasing levels of stress and uncertainly in their lives. This behaviour can be due to factors such as anxiety, neglect, abuse, learning disabilities and conditions like dementia. Understanding the causes of challenging behaviour is the first step towards fnding ways to support individuals and manage their behaviour.choices, a key focus of which is the need to educate and change behaviour on diet and nutrition to reduce the prevalence of obesity.

DateThursday 14th March – 30th May 2019 -
Time9.30am - 3pm (with a break for lunch)
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

A 10 week course - Level 1

This qualification aims to enable learners to develop basic skills in craft, provide learners with underpinning knowledge of the craft process and provide learners with a basis for progression into further study in craft-related areas. As part of this qualification, learners will develop a portfolio of work in craft, use materials, tools and equipment correctly and safely and develop an understanding of health and safety considerations in the craft environment.

DateFriday 1st March – 17th May 2019 -
Time9.30am - 3pm (with a break for lunch)
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, 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.
DateThursday 7th March 2019 -
Time10.30am - 1pm
VenuePaignton Library, First Floor, Room 10

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
DateFriday 7th June 2019 -
Time2.30pm - 3.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

2 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. If you wish to apply, please ring 01803 208455 or 01803 208456. 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
  • Tuesday 5th February 2019 (10.30am - 12.30pm)
  • Wednesday 6th March 2019 (10.30am - 12.30pm)
  • Thursday 4th April 2019 (10.30am - 12.30pm)
  • Tuesday 7th May 2019 (1.30pm - 3.30pm)
  • Wednesday 5th June 2019 (10.30am - 12.30pm)
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

A 6 week course – Level 1

The level 1 Award in Creative Craft is designed to support you to develop your knowledge and understanding of a specific craft activity. You will explore a range of aspects including; health and safety, equipment, materials, methods, designs and creative projects. Each week will build on the last to explore craft resources and ideas to then create, present and review a final craft item. This introductory course will support you to develop on to further, more advanced courses. This course is specifically focussed on building a final project using wet felting.

Assessment:

  • Portfolio of evidence to be built over the 6 week
  • You will be required to complete a small amount of homework
DateTuesday 30th April, 7th May, 14th, 21st, 4th June, 11th 2019 -
Time10am - 12 noon
VenueSouth Devon College, University Centre, Paignton, TQ4 7EJ

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