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Training and Practical Skills

Unfortunately, during the Coronavirus pandemic we are not able to provide our usual face to face training/workshop programme of practical skills for Plymouth carers. However we are still offering some opportunities via zoom. Current training opportunities are listed below:

Managing Stress in the Caring Role

There is another 4 week Managing Stress course running in November commencing Tuesday 9th November.  

Introduction to Mindfulness

Introduction to Mindfulness, a stand-alone one hour session introducing carers to Mindfulness, 4 dates available.

IT Virtual Café

Whether you use a smart phone, tablet or laptop this monthly session could be for you. Join us once a month to ask questions and gain advice about anything I.T related and how best to use your digital devices. You will meet other carers and have the chance to book 1-2-1 telephone IT support 

To book your place please call Caring for Carers on 01752 201890 or email caringforcarers@improvinglivesplymouth.org.uk where you will be issued a Zoom code to access the training.

Other Online Training Opportunities 

Free therapy sessions for Carers

Wednesday 21st October 2pm via Zoom - Anchoring your day Meditation Plan 
This session is focused on learning some Mindful Breathing techniques so that you can find your inner stillness, followed by a guided meditation for self-help on how starting your day from a calm and relaxed mind-set can help you to achieve your goals for the day, leaving you feeling positive about your achievements.   How you start your day can make all the difference. You will be guided through the easy 10 step meditation plan and a handout will be emailed to you after the session.  If you would like to book a space please contact Caring for Carers on 01752 201890 by Friday 16th October at 12 Noon.

Wednesday 25th November 2pm via Zoom - Mountain Meditation 
This session is focused on cultivating a wonderful sense of strength and is best carried out in a seated position, a guided journey that is grounding and relaxing which brings in the comparisons of daily life and that of the life of a mountain. From this mediation we can resonate with its strength and stability and adopt these qualities for our own, as we weather the storms of our own lives.  This mediation has been adapted from Jon Kabat-Zinn and his teachings on Mindfulness. If you would like to book a space please contact Caring for Carers on 01752 201890 by Friday 20th November at 12 Noon.

Wednesday 16th December 2pm via Zoom - The Lake Meditation 
This session is focussed on  Mindfully breathing and finding our stillness within, just like a lake learning to dwell within our natural stillness, observing the play of the energies within our own mind which come and go like ripples on a lake. This meditation has been adapted from Jon Kabat-Zinn and his teachings on Mindfulness. If you would like to book a space please contact Caring for Carers on 01752 201890 by Friday 11th December at 12 Noon.

If you are interested in a 1-1 session you can email Amanda Vickers directly and arrange a time suitable to you at a cost of £15 payable in advance through PayPal or Bank Transfer. Please contact Amanda on handsoflight001@gmail.com. All 1-1 sessions can be tailored to suit the needs of the individual and this can be discussed before the session is booked.


Devon Digital Carers have created a free bite-sized course called Take 20 to help develop your skills as a carer and support you in your important role.
Each of the 20 modules takes approximately 20 minutes; so, it’s perfect for a short break from your day-to-day activities. 
The course offers you the opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge on a range of issues you may come across in your role as a carer. 
Please click on the link below for to watch an information video about the course and to create an account to access the full course
https://take20.devondigitalcarers.co.uk/

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