“The course helped me feel less isolated, less stressed and more able to cope with the caring role.”
“Just go for it and take the opportunity to learn a new skill or hobby. No matter how little spare time you get as a carer it is vitally important to do something for yourself. I have found arts and crafts very therapeutic and a welcome escape from the day to day routine of life as a carer.”
"Following the weight management and exercise classes I am looking after myself much better by eating healthily and I’ve started taking regular walks."
We run free training sessions, workshops, learning days and short courses. Workshops and training sessions last 2 – 3 hours, learning days 4 – 5 hours and courses are usually 2 hours a week for 3 – 6 weeks duration.
Some of our courses and workshops are on caring related topics, such as:
- basic first aid
- confidence building
- Think Positive
- Stress-buster sessions
- health services
Other courses and workshops are for leisure, relaxation or personal development, such as:
- cookery skills
- Honeybee Healthy
- watercolour painting
- oil painting
- IT for beginners
- creative writing
- fashion and ‘upcycling’
- colour confidence
- jewellery making
- crafts such as card making, stitching
- yoga, Bollywood dancing, line dancing
Courses may be held at our offices in Thicketford Centre in comfortable surroundings and amongst a friendly group of carers. Or they may be held in community venues around the borough.
Charges: Our courses are free of charge to carers and, as they are very popular, it is advisable to book early. All courses are advertised in our newsletter.
Please contact our Carers Helpline on 01204 363056 for further information.