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.

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 9th April 2018 -
Time10am - 1pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

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 new 5 week course - 2 hours per week

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

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.

Please note there is no car parking at this location, however there are a number of pay and display car parks nearby.

DateFriday 23rd February 2018 -
Time10am - 12 noon
VenueSouth Devon College, Centre for Health & Care Professions, 187 Newton Road, TQ2 7FT
CostOne off payment of £5 on arrival

A 2.5 hour 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 22nd February 2018 -
Time10.30am - 1pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

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.

Three programmes are offered over the next six months, please pick which one is most suitable. If your choice is oversubscribed, we will contact you to offer alternative dates.

Programme 1Friday 2nd March (30th March Bank Hol/off) – 18th May 2018 -
Programme 2Wednesday 7th March - 16th May 2018 -
Programme 3Wednesday 23rd May - 1st August 2018 -
TimeFirst session please allow 2 hours meet and greet, induction - health summary and programme (10am - 12 noon)
Thereafter 10am - 11am
VenueTorbay Leisure Centre, Penwill Way, Paignton

A 2.5 hour 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 15th March 2018 -
Time2pm - 4.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

A new 5 week programme – 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 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.

DateMonday 18th, 25th June, 2nd, 9th, and 16th July 2018 -
Time10am - 12 noon
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

A 3 hour course.

Caring can be very stressful, so we have put together a 3 hour course that will look at some common causes and signs of stress and how you might cope with stress more effectively.

The course will include:

  • A definition of stress
  • How to understand the physiology of ‘fight and flight’
  • How to recognise some of the signs and symptoms which indicate stress
  • Understanding the effects of stress
  • Methods used to identify stress levels
  • How to access support
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Time Management.
DateTuesday 27th March 2018 -
Time10am - 1pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

A new course - 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 18th April 2018 -
Time2.30pm - 3.30pm
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

A 5 week course - 2 hours per week

If you enjoy crafts, hand-sewing and stitching you will enjoy this. This is a craft that you can pick up and get on with anywhere, in front of the TV, on the train or sat out in the garden.

Make a stunning cushion panel from next to nothing and at little expense. Use your old unwanted clothes, fabrics and wools, with rag rug techniques. The process is very therapeutic and highly addictive. Most of all it is recycling and an inexpensive craft.

Wherever possible costs are kept to a minimum however, you can optionally choose to purchase additional items if you wish. Rag rug tools are available to borrow from the tutor for use in class.

DateMonday 26th February 2018 -
Time10.30am - 12.30pm
VenueBrixham College, Adult and Community Learning, Higher Ranscombe Road, Brixham TQ5 9HF
Cost£15

A new 5 week course - 1.5 hours per week

No previous singing experience required. Everything you need to know will be taught; the most important thing is that you have fun while learning how to use your breath to make sound.

The benefits of singing:

  • A natural anti-depressant and releases endorphins
  • Lowers stress levels
  • Improves blood circulation, respiration, muscle tone, diaphragm control, resonances, posture, memory and more
  • Widens the social circle
  • When we sing together our heartbeats synchronise creating a feel good factor and community spirit.
  • Expresses hidden emotions and releases them

In fact, singing creates dopamine and the oscillations have been proven to aid the healing of some neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and MS.

Not only does it lower blood pressure but promotes general health and well-being on every level. Why not come along, have fun, make new friends and find out what your lungs are capable of! At the end of the 5 weeks you will be able to perform a solo, or a group piece IN TUNE.

DateThursday 17th, 24th, 31st May, 7th and 21st June 2018 (14th June No Class/Carers Week) -
Time1.30pm - 3pm
VenueRoom 10, Paignton Library, First Floor

A 5 week programme - 1.5 hours per week

This course offers a fusion between yoga and pilates to enhance complete fitness, strength, flexibility, relaxation and well-being. The course fee includes a voucher for coffee in the restaurant.

Two programmes are offered over the next six months, please pick which one is most suitable. If your choice is oversubscribed, we will contact you to offer alternative dates.

Programme 1Tuesday 27th February 2018 -
Programme 2Tuesday 5th June 2018 (no class during Carer’s Week, 12th June) -
Time10.30am - 12 noon
VenueSouth Devon College, Level 3 (3.007), Long Road, TQ4 7EJ
Cost£10

Do you like the idea of communicating with others without using the computer, or a telephone; then Amateur Radio may be for you. If you would like more information, please ring Phil on: 07591 685707

Areas covered in the course:

  • What is amateur radio?
  • How to become a radio amateur
  • Ways of using amateur radio
  • Getting started in amateur radio
  • The social side of amateur radio
DateMonday 25th June 2018 -
Time10am - 12 noon
VenuePaignton Carers Centre, Paignton Library, The Drummond Suite, Carers Services, First Floor

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