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 https://devonrlc.co.uk.

Review the outlines and available dates by clicking on the course titles you are interested in below. Tick the “book the course” option, and complete your details in the form further down the page. Unless stated otherwise, you can apply for a maximum of 3 courses.

    2 hour session

    An Introduction 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 selfcare tips and how to use the oils safely within your home. If you would like or make your own blend during the session, please bring £5 (all oils will be provided).

    DateFriday 6 December -
    Time1pm to 3pm
    VenueRoom 12, First Floor, Paignton Library
    Cost£5 contribution towards materials

    3 hour workshop

    During the session, you can either create 2 small projects (coasters) or a larger one like a house number. You will be given the materials and the project will be grouted on the day. To see what projects you can make, visit Facebook, Instagram or website.

    DateSunday 22 September -
    Sunday 17 November -
    Time10am to 1pm
    VenueTeserra Hub, 126 Reddenhill Road, Torquay TQ1 3NT

    4 hour course

    Diet, nutrition and hydration – We will cover what is a healthy balanced diet and how we can achieve this, understanding food labels, portions and servings and what one of our 5 a day really is. As well as top tips for hydration and why it is so important to stay hydrated. Please bring a packed lunch for the half hour lunch break.

    DateThursday 22 August -
    Time11am to 3pm
    VenueRoom 12, First Floor, Paignton Library

    3 hour course

    This course has been specifically designed 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 11 November -
    Time10am to 1pm
    VenueRoom 11, First Floor, Paignton Library

    2 hours 30 minutes course

    Run by Jane Reddaway, Occupational Therapist & Clinical Specialist for Falls.

    This session covers:

    • The problems of falls in older people and dispelling myths
    • Helping attendees to understand the ageing process and how this increases the risk of falling
    • Information about fracture prevention and osteoporosis
    • Exploring possible strategies to reduce falls / fractures in the future
    DateThursday 12 September -
    Time10:30am to 1pm
    VenueRoom 13, First Floor, Paignton Library

    4 hour course with half hour lunch break

    Gentle exercise, rest and relaxation – Join us to try several practices to support us to switch off mentally and physically to truly rest and relax, this will include exercises, breathing techniques and mindfulness. Please bring a packed lunch for the half hour lunch break.

    DateFriday 27 September -
    Time11am to 3pm
    VenueRoom 12, First Floor, Paignton Library

    2 hours

    An introduction to using Indian printing blocks to create beautiful patterns and make a lovely bag to take home. There will be a small charge for the materials for the bag (£2).

    Carers only

    DateMonday 11 November -
    TimeMidday to 2pm
    VenueRoom 12, First Floor, Paignton Library
    Cost£2 contribution towards materials

    One-off taster session

    This introduction to beadwork will show you that it is about far more than stringing beads. You will learn how to make beautiful jewellery in the colours that suit you, in your style and to your taste. The tutor will have equipment to borrow and beads. Approximate cost of the beads will be £3 per session. For photos and more information, go to: jalsbeads.weebly.com

    DateFriday 13 September -
    Time1pm to 3pm
    VenueRoom 12, First Floor, Paignton Library
    Cost£3 contribution towards beads

    If you have enjoyed beadwork before, then this is the course for you. You will build on your past experience to make more intricate, beautiful jewellery in your favourite colours and in the style that you like. The tutor will have equipment to borrow and beads. Approximate cost of the beads will be £5 per session. For photos and more information, go to: jalsbeads.weebly.com

    DateFriday 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 November -
    Time1pm to 3pm
    VenueRoom 12, First Floor, Paignton Library
    Cost£5 contribution towards materials

    1 hour 30 minutes session

    The subject matter is mental capacity, Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and Court of Protection.

    Also attending will be a wills expert.

    DateWednesday 31 July -
    Time10am to 11:30am
    VenueRoom 11, First Floor, Paignton Library

    4 hour course with half hour lunch break

    Dying Well, Life Books and planning for the future. This session is to introduce the importance of planning for a “good death” i.e. how to record your wishes and ensure they are met, how to start collecting information together for Wills Power of Attorney and how you might bring up these conversations with your loved ones and close friends. Please bring a packed lunch for the half hour lunch break.

    DateTuesday 1 October -
    Time11am to 3pm
    VenueRoom 12, First Floor, Paignton Library

    4 week course for new learners only

    Create a colourful Mandala pebble by painting dots in a simple geometric pattern, with no specialist skills required under full tuition. Each week you will immerse yourself in the calming process of creating beautiful, tactile designs. You will achieve an E3 Craft Qualification.

    DateFriday 27 September, and 4, 11, and 18 October -
    Time10am to midday
    VenueSouth Devon College, Torquay Campus, 187 Newton Road, Torquay, TQ2 7FT

    3 hour course

    This course has been specifically designed for generic carer scenarios and will not cover individualised advice.

    This session covers:

    • Causes of back injury
    • Principles of safer handling
    • Sit to Stand, from chair to chair, from chair to wheelchair
    • Safe moving techniques
    • Safe patient handling
    • Preventing pressure ulcers

    This course is free to carers (N.B. this programme is not available to staff working in agencies or paid carers).

    DateWednesday 28 August -
    TimeMidday to 3pm
    VenueRoom 11, First Floor, Paignton Library

    5 week course

    Learn to use your sewing machine with a project of your choice. A £5 contribution is required for this course.

    • Week 1: Learn how to use your sewing machine.
    • Week 2: Cut out a bag and learn how to use a rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler.
    • Week 3: Learn how to use interfacing and bond-a-web. Learn appliqué techniques and design your bag.
    • Week 4: Apply appliqué using your sewing machine. Learn how to mark on fabric.
    • Week 5: Stitch the bag and insert the zip.

    The project can be adapted to seasonal activities or personal preferences. Returning learners are welcome. The course could be adapted to higher level of skill whilst working on the same project. Please bring your own sewing machine. All materials will be supplied.

    DateMonday 11, 18, and 25 November, and 2, and 9 December -
    Time10am to midday
    VenueFirst Floor, Paignton Library. 11 November session will be held in Room 11. All other sessions will be held in Room 12.
    Cost£5

    Workshop for unpaid carers

    At TALKWORKS we try to help as many people as possible who are struggling with a common mental health problem. We are an NHS Talking Therapies service, and we offer psychological therapy to adults (age 18+) across Devon.

    DateWednesday 11 September -
    Time10am to 11am
    VenueRoom 11, First Floor, Paignton Library

    10 week course

    This fresh approach to watercolours looks first at the process of painting as a means to calm and de-stress. Many people love the idea of painting but hold themselves back because they are worried about not being good enough or do not feel they are creative.

    This watercolours course in accessible to everyone. You will start by painting simple lines, patterns and shapes in calming and dynamic colours – concentrating each week on brush strokes and techniques. You will build up your skill. A small amount of written work is part of this course. You will gain a Level 1 Qualification in Creative Craft, Art & Design.

    DateTuesday 24 September, 1, 8, 15, and 22 October, 5, 12, 19, and 26 November, and 3 December -
    Time10am to midday
    VenueSouth Devon College, Torquay Campus, 187 Newton Road, Torquay, TQ2 7FT

    10 week course

    This course is a follow on from the introduction course. You will continue to develop your skills in watercolour. This fresh approach looks first at the process of painting as a means to calm and de-stress. Many people love the idea of painting but hold themselves back from starting because they are worried about not being good enough or not feeling they are creative. Watercolour is accessible to everyone, painting very simple lines, patterns, and shapes in calming or dynamic colours, concentrating on each brush stroke, can have a powerful meditative effect.

    Carers can only attend level 2 watercolour if they have completed level 1. You will gain a level 2 Award in Creative Craft using Art and Design.

    DateTuesday 24 September, 1, 8, 15, and 22 October, 5, 12, 19, and 26 November, and 3 December -
    Time1pm to 3pm
    VenueSouth Devon College, Torquay Campus, 187 Newton Road, Torquay, TQ2 7FT

    The following course is applied for directly on the details provided below and will not be counted as a part of your 3 choices.

    A 6 week course – 2 hours per week

    The HOPE (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively) Programme supports individuals to consider “what is important to me?” and to build the confidence and resilience to better manage their condition(s), symptoms and challenging experiences that may arise.

    For details of online and face-to-face courses go to the HOPE pages on the MyHealth website.

    For more information about courses please email: hope.devon@nhs.net

    The following courses are applied for directly on the details provided below and will not be counted as a part of your 3 choices.

    StepOne
    BeWell@StepOne 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 their website: Step One

    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: dpn-tr.drlc@nhs.net, or go to their website: Devon Recovery Learning Community

    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 their website: Orange Box
    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.
    Visit: Open Learn

    FutureLearn
    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.
    Visit: FutureLearn

    Free Courses in England
    Free Courses in England is a directory of courses that are available to anyone to undertake FREE of charge, in order to help people succeed in whatever role they are in. Understanding Autism - this course is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop their understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals to live healthy and fulflled lives (limited spaces).
    Visit: Free Courses in England - Autism


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