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 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 3rd September 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.

DatesMonday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th September 2019 -
Time1pm - 2.30pm
VenuePaignton Library, First Floor, Room 13

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.

DateTBA -
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 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th September, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th October, 1st, 8th, 15th November 2019 -
VenueTorbay Leisure Centre, Penwill Way, Paignton
TimeFirst session will include meet and greet, induction - health summary and programme. 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 7th November 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.

Dates4th, 11th, 18th, 25th November and 2nd December 2019 -
Time10am - 12.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

A 6 week course

This 6 Week Course will give Carers an opportunity to discover why we sometimes lack confidence and self-esteem, what we can do about it, and to practise the skills that help us and those we support become more assertive. By the end of the course participants should be able to recognise and change negative thinking patterns that hinder us in our daily lives.

When we learn to live and work with confidence and acquire the skills to be assertive, we can help turn our lives around.

Who is this course for? Anyone wanting to understand and boost their self-esteem, learn to be more assertive and better support those we care for.

DateWednesdays 4th September – 9th October 2019 -
Time10am - 12.15pm
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 28th November 2019 -
Time10.30am - 1pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

One session - 4 hours with break for lunch

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).

DateTBA 2019 -
Time10am - 2pm (with a lunch break) please bring a packed lunch if required
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

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 13th November 2019 -
Time2.30pm - 3.30pm
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.


  • Portfolio of evidence to be built over the 6 week
  • You will be required to complete a small amount of homework
DateTuesdays 1st October – 12th November 2019 (No class on 22nd October due to half term) -
Time10am - 12 noon
VenueSouth Devon College, University Centre, Paignton, TQ4 7EJ

A 6 week course

Caring can bring about many changes and as a result you may experience the loss of the role you used to have in your relationship, or the identity this gave you. You may feel a loss or disconnection from some of the things you may have given up. We will explore loss and grief and ways to cope with the changes, offering space and reflection around:

  • Talking about your current experience of loss and grief
  • Feeling less alone, connecting with others in the group who have shared or similar experiences
  • Starting to recognise what you can do to take care of yourself
  • Exploring the stages of grief and where you are now
DateThursdays 22nd August – 26th September -
Time1.30pm - 3.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, The Drummond Suite, Room 17, First Floor, Paignton Library

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