Training Sessions for Carers
Each year the Centre runs a programme of training for carers, based on your feedback. We always try to offer training that will support carers and address any needs and issues they have raised. We are always keen to hear your views about training that may help you so if you have any ideas please do let us know.
All our sessions are offered free of charge and are designed to give you the skills and knowledge to help you cope confidently in your caring role.
If you see a session, or sessions, that you are interested in attending but you are unable to leave the person you care for to attend, please contact the Centre and we will discuss the options available to you.
The following will give you a brief description of the training modules that are on offer throughout the year. When available, the dates of all sessions will be given below but do please keep checking this page as we will regularly update the training opportunities which are available to you and when sessions will be delivered.
Do you have a problem with your 'phone, laptop or tablet, or do you need advice and assistance with how to use it?
Book an appointment on one of our Tech Days with our Training Officer Suzy, who will go through any issues you have using your device(s).
Learn the importance of positive thinking, improve your self esteem and discover how to turn negatives into positives by focusing on your good points.
Take a look at why we might not be assertive and some of the situations we find difficult. Learn how to improve assertiveness and get your voice heard.
Caring with Confidence:
If you care for someone who has memory problems, these sessions will help to improve your knowledge of their condition and the course will enable you to look at all aspects of your caring role.
First Aid - British Red Cross:
Would you know how to respond in an emergency situation: Could you perform CPR if you needed to? If you would like to be confident that you could then this session is for you. Learn some basic first aid for the most common accidents and issues that might happen in and around the home, including burns, cuts and CPR.
How do we get online and how do we use the internet safely? We will be thinking about how much information we freely give away and some of the problems this can cause.
“Will enable me to explain safety issues to my husband. Helped with
confidence in using the internet.”
“Lots to think about, but reassured me and will help me do things I haven't.”
Fire Safety & Burns Prevention:
Look at how burns occur, how we can prevent them from happening and what to do if they do happen. We will try to understand the effects of burns, in particular on the very young and on the elderly.
Additionally, we will be looking at house fire prevention and safety tips, making a fire escape plan for your own home, taking into consideration extra difficulties that may be encountered if there is someone with limited mobility, or understanding in the house.
Take a look at the importance of infection control, especially when providing personal care.
We will look at how infection is spread, learn to recognise some common conditions and look at practical ways of limiting the spread of infection.
Two sessions, specifically for carers who are looking after someone who has had a stroke. The sessions will help you understand what a stroke is, why they occur and how they can be prevented. We will look at the effects of a stroke on the person and some of the difficulties they may be left with. Finally we will think about what help and support you might need as a carer.
Two sessions, focusing on what dementia is, some of the main types of dementia, how it affects the person and how to deal with some of the behaviours they may exhibit.
Thinking about Lasting Power of Attorney:
Have you or your loved ones considered what you would do if one of you was no longer able to make decisions about finances, health or care? This workshop will look at what is involved in making a lasting power of attorney and help you decide on your best option.
Courses delivered by other providers:
Newcastle University Online Course
Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well is a free online course developed by Newcastle University.
This training is a four week course offered to carers, to provide knowledge and advice for caring and living with someone with dementia.
Future Learn also offers other courses on Understanding Dementia.
If you would like further information, or to book a place on any of our training sessions, please contact the Centre on (0191) 643 2298.
If someone depends on you, you can depend on us.