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Learning opportunities for carers

Many unpaid carers feel they would like to know more about the skills they need to do their vital work. For example, if your partner has mobility difficulties because of Parkinson's, you should know how to move them safely and without risk to yourself.

Free courses from Abingdon and Witney College

Abingdon and Witney College offers a programme of free courses carefully designed to meet this need.

At the 2018 Carers Conference we heard about these courses from Michelle Evans of Action for Carers and Sue Funge who designed the courses. We were impressed with the scope and appropriateness of the course offering, and we believe it may be very valuable to many of our members.

We have now received this detailed course information from the College:

Here is the table of courses available. If you click on the course code it will direct you straight to the website page to enrol.

The Carer's Journey

Programme: January to June 2019

Phase One

First Aid at Home

This workshop covers basic emergency first aid skills, including topics such as wound dressing, caring for burns and CPR. This is a practical session so please wear comfortable clothing.

Course Code: UCWQ001P

Date: Tue, 15 January 2019

Time: 10-1

Location: Witney

Course Code: UCBQ001P

Date: Thur, 17 January 2019

Time: 1-4

Location: Banbury

Course Code: UCAQ002P

Date: Mon, 21 January 2019

Time: 10-1

Location: Abingdon

 

Individual Care at Home

This workshop will provide the carer with methods, tips and practical skills enabling them to provide individualised care within the home environment with dignity and independence at the forefront.

Course Code: UCBQ003P

Date: Thur, 21 February 2019

Time: 1-4

Location: Banbury

Course Code: UCWQ005P

Date: Tue, 5 March 2019

Time: 10-1

Location: Witney

Course Code: UCAQ004P

Date: Thur, 7 March 2019

Time: 10-1

Location: Abingdon

 

Safer Moving and Handling at Home

This workshop aims to provide the carer with the knowledge needed to confidently and safely provide moving and handling assistance, promote individual's independence and help to reduce injury and strain.

Course Code: UCBQ006P

Date: Tue, 12 March 2019

Time: 10-1

Location: Banbury

Course Code: UCAQ005P

Date: Mon, 18 March 2019

Time: 10-1

Location: Abingdon

Course Code: UCWQ007P

Date: Tue, 26 March 2019

Time: 10-1

Location: Witney

 

Phase Two

Aromatherapy Massage

This workshop offers an opportunity to learn some relaxation techniques to benefit both the carer and the person they care for. They will develop new skills and techniques and to use in their daily lives to aid deep relaxation and to relieve stress using a wide variety of essential oils and basic massage techniques. There will be a focus on self-care massage techniques and oils which can be easily adapted to use on the person being cared for.

Course Code: UCAQ001P

Date: Mon, 14 January 2019

Time: 1-4

Location: Abingdon

Course Code: UCBQ002P

Date: Thur, 7 February 2019

Time: 1:30-4:30

Location: Banbury

Course Code: UCWQ002P

Date: Mon, 18 February 2019

Time: 1-4

Location: Witney

 

Building Resilience

The workshop introduces carers to the benefits of resilience when coping with a life disruption or extended periods of pressure. It highlights the need to remain flexible in our thoughts, feelings and behaviours so that we can emerge from difficulty stronger, wiser and more able. 

Course Code: UCAQ003P

Date: Tue, 19 February 2019

Time: 10-1

Location: Abingdon

Course Code: UCWQ003P

Date: Thur, 21 February 2019

Time: 1:30-4:30

Location: Witney

Course Code: UCBQ005P

Date: Mon, 4 March 2019

Time: 10-1

Location: Banbury

 

Emotional Literacy

The workshop introduces the carer to emotional literacy - the ability to recognise, understand, handle and appropriately express emotions. An emotionally literate person will be aware and think about their emotions/feelings before they react to that emotion.

Course Code: UCWQ004P

Date: Thur, 21 February 2019

Time: 10-1

Location: Witney

Course Code: UCBQ004P

Date: Mon, 25 February 2019

Time: 1:30-4:30

Location: Banbury

Course Code: UCAQ006P

Date: Tue, 19 March 2019

Time: 10-1

Location: Abingdon

 

Mindfulness

The workshop introduces the carer to the benefits of Mindfulness - a method of mental training that provides a set of simple, yet powerful, practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help manage stress, anxiety and depression.

Course Code: UCWQ006P

Date: Mon, 11 March 2019

Time: 10-1

Location: Witney

Course Code: UCBQ007P

Date: Mon, 25 March 2019

Time: 1:30-4:30

Location: Banbury

Course Code: UCAQ007P

Date: Thur, 11 April 2019

Time: 1:30-4:30

Location: Abingdon

 

Yoga for Relaxation

By the end of the workshop the learner will have had an opportunity to: experience a range of gentle Yoga postures to improve health and wellbeing and lower stress levels. Working at your own pace to carry out stretching, breath work and relaxation. Bring a bottle of water for re-hydration.

Course Code: UCBQ009P

Date: Thur, 9 May 2019

Time: 10-1

Location: Banbury

Course Code: UCAQ008P

Date: Mon, 20 May 2019

Time: 1:30-4:30

Location: Abingdon

Course Code: UCWQ008P

Date: Tue, 4 June 2019

Time: 1:30-4:30

Location: Witney

 

Phase Three

Reclaiming Me

This short course explores ways of managing feelings of guilt and loss. It encourages the learner to recognise they are now living with 'Option B' and what this might mean for them. It aims to support the learner in finding ways to communicate their needs, wants and feelings and consider what they might want to do next and begin to appreciate their skills and attributes.  

Course Code: UCBQ008P

Date: Thur, 11 Apr - 16 May 2019

Time: 10-12

Location: Banbury