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 23 November -
    Time10am - 1pm
    VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, 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 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.

    DateTuesday TBA -
    Time10.30am - 1pm
    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 £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 3, 10, 17, 24 September, Friday 1, 8, 15, 22 29 October, Friday 5, and 12 November -
    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 – 2 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).

    DateFriday 26 November -
    Time10am - 11.30am
    VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

    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.

    DateWednesday 17, 24 November, Wednesday 1, 8, and 15 November -
    Time10.30am - 12 noon
    VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

    Ten sessions

    A small and friendly group to help you explore issues that might be affecting your health and wellbeing and give you the tools to make a positive difference.

    These sessions cover:

    • Social and emotional (awareness of health and wellbeing / emotional resilience / assertive behaviour)
    • Sleep exercise and lifestyle (effects of sleep on health / balanced diet and regular exercise / social media)
    • Positive Relationships (healthy relationships / personal safety / conflict)
    DateThursday 9, 16, 23, 30 September, Thursday 7, 14, 21, 28 October, Thursday 4, and 11 November -
    Time10.30am - 2.30pm
    VenueParkfield, Paignton (bring a packed lunch)

    Five sessions

    Whether you’re an absolute beginner or already have green fingers you’ll enjoy this fun and friendly group based around our Community Garden in Parkfield.

    These sessions cover:

    • Sowing and growing seeds
    • Identification and control of weeds
    • Preparing soil to plant
    • How to make and use compost
    • Identify and grow vegetables and flowers
    DateTuesday 14, 21, 28 September, Tuesday 5, and 12 October -
    Time10.30am - 2.30pm
    VenueParkfield, Paignton (bring a packed lunch)

    Three sessions

    Our Community Chef has cooked for top restaurants - now he’ll use his expertise to guide you through his recipes and tips for cooking healthy, tasty food on a budget. Please note, 2 sessions on a Tuesday and 1 on a Thursday.

    These sessions cover:

    • Intro to Eat That Frog’s community fridge and how to access it
    • Nutrition and healthy cooking
    • How to cook with store cupboard staples
    DateTuesday 10, Thursday 19, and Tuesday 24 August -
    Time10.30am - 1.30pm
    VenueEat That Frog Kitchen, Paignton. All ingredients supplied.

    Three sessions

    These sessions cover:

    • Macrame - trending now, and so simple! Make a gorgeous hanging plant holder for a fraction of the price you’d pay in the shops.
    • Felt Art - using traditional techniques, learn how easy it is to felt wool and create your own unique artwork.
    • Silk Scarves - create a beautiful ’one-off’ design for yourself or as a gift, using flowers and herbs to hand-dye silk.
    DateMonday 9, 16 and 23 August-
    Time10.30am - 1.30pm
    VenueParkfield, Paignton

    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.

    Alternatively you can self-refer through the website:

    Date and time
    • 3rd August at 6pm
    • 18th August at 6pm
    • 3rd September at 10am
    • 16th September at 6pm
    • 28th September at 5.30pm
    • 11th October at 1pm
    • 27th October at 6pm
    • 8th November at 6pm
    • 23rd November at 10am
    • 9th December at 5.30pm
    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: 0300 555 3344.

    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

    Open Learn

    The home of free learning from The Open University. If you are looking for a new topic to explore, or want to dig deeper into something you’ve already discovered. Whether it’s a 60-second animated video, a 24-hour course, or beginners French or Spanish, you will find it on OpenLearn for free.

    Future Learn FutureLearn have a diverse range of subjects and courses which vary in length. Most are six to ten weeks long, but some are shorter two and three week courses. Courses are free, or you can upgrade, or buy unlimited.

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