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Carers Learning Opportunities

As an unpaid carer, it is important to invest in your own personal development – this can be in connection with your caring role (such as learning more about the condition of the person you support) or it can be about gaining or utilising skills in relation to your caring role.

We have collated various learning opportunities that we are aware of in the Perth and Kinross area that you may be interested in accessing.

For professionals who would like to advertise any learning opportunities that unpaid carers can access, please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk

Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Explore the key issues related to caring for a relative with sychosis or schizophrenia with this short, free online course

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CONNECT Training

If you have personal experience of mental health issues and want to benefit from training, work or study opportunities then CONNECT with us!

Run by Perth College UHI in partnership with MINDSPACE, this 16-week project takes place two mornings a week and aims to support people, opening up choices for the future.

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The CONNECT course is designed to develop your skills and build confidence to help you move forward. You will also learn about assertiveness, self awareness, team building and employability skills.

The training will help you:

  • identify skills, qualities and talents
  • find out about training and work options
  • undertake small group projects
  • set practical goals for the future
  • try a short period of volunteering

To find out more:

  • call 01738 877715 or 01738 631639
  • or pick up a leaflet from Perth College UHI, Crieff Road, Perth or from MINDSPACE, 18-20 York Place, Perth, PH2 8EH

Please find attached booking form to book your place:

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Mindspace

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Creative Mindfulness (Knit & Natter)

Weekly learning and social opportunity by Mindspace

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PERTH

Location: Contact Mindspace to confirm
Time:
10.30am-12.30pm
Date:
 Every Thursday

How to book a course:

Online: www.mindspacepk.com
Phone: 01738 639657

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Dementiaville

Open Learn resource on the TV series Dementiaville.

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This is an online resource:

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/whats-on/tv/dementiaville 

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Digital Skills Drop In

Would you like to improve your skills on your laptop, tablet or smartphone?

Do you feel like you aren't making the most of your device?

Do you have a disability or are you an unpaid carer?

Then come along to our FREE weekly drop-in!

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Drop in sessions from 16th January 2018

Date:    Tuesdays

Time:    3.30pm - 5.30pm

Venue:  PKAVS Day Centre, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PP


For more information contact:

Amulree Welch on 07775851507 or awelch@lead.org.uk 

OR

Marlena on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk 

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Drug Awareness

The training aims to increase workers' drug awareness knowledge and provide an opportunity to explore current and emerging trends with substance use.

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By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Name the seven key drug categories and their key effects
  • Recall an overview of the key substances in use
  • Identify the reasons why people choose to use drugs and alcohol
  • Recall poly-drug use and dependent substances use patterns 
  • Describe signs of overdose and how to respond 
  • Identify effective techniques to support people who use drugs and alcohol.

Date:     Friday 1st February 2019

Time:    09.30 - 16:30

Venue:  North Inch Community Campus, Perth

Please be aware that spaces may be limited. 

To Create an Account and Book a place please visit: SDF Workforce Development

Please contact SDF Adminstration Team on: 0141 221 1175 or email: enquiries@sdf.org.uk

 

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Dyslexia 'Drop In'

Informal chat, support & information

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Date:    Allocated Saturdays

Venue:  AK Bell Library, 2-8 York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP


For more information contact: 

Dyslexia Scotland on 0344 800 8484 or dyslexiapk@yahoo.co.uk 

 

 

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Easy Manual Handling Courses and Online Resource

Having the freedom to make choices and take control of our lives is key to who we are and how we live. When we have to look for manual handling information to support us care for the people we love in our families and communities this can be a challenging time.

The Easy Manual Handling website is a user friendly resource for people to access, share and support/be supported in Perth and Kinross.

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Filled with lots of easy to understand information, guidance and videos it aims to support your journey through manual handling.

Click here to visit the Easy Manual Handling website

There is loads of information about courses local to you, info on equipment, important legislation and the do's and don'ts of certain handy techniques. 

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Financial Capability Programme

Monday Advice Scotland's Financial Capability Team use a variety of channels and methods to improve financial wellbeing for the people of Scotland. They have designed a Financial Capability e-learning module allowing users to work through at their own pace. 

 

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Users have access to the Financial Capability Team's support line if they need help or guidance as they work through the different sections. A certificate is available upon completion of each individual section. 

The e-learning module is open to anyone.

To register for access to the e-Learning Module, please click here

 

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Lead Scotland - Free Digital Skills Training

Lead Scotland are able to offer free one to one support to carers who wish to improve their digital skills. We can also provide equipment loans, such as iPads and laptops, where needed. The support we offer is learner centred; so we can work with you at your own pace to help you learn the skills that will be valuable for you. We can meet you in your home, or in a public space if you prefer – wherever you will feel most comfortable learning. 

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For more information about our services, please contact Amulree Welch, our Perth Online Learning Coordinator on 07775 851 507 or awelch@lead.org.uk

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Listening and Responding to Children Affected by Parental Substance Use

The aim of this course is to support practitioners in adult substance use and children's services to listen and repsond effectively and appropriately to children affected by parent sustance use.

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Followin discussions with Scottish Government, this course has been developed using the Lloyds PDI report, "Everyone has a story" as the overarching narrative and uses this to tie across to the broader political and legislative agendas.

By the end of this two day training session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the impact of substance use on children
  • Describe the cycles of change in parental use and recovery from a child's perspective 
  • Discuss key issues in assessment of needs and risks of children affected by parental substance use
  • Recognise the impact of change/recovery in children's lives
  • Identify ways to actively engage and hear young peoples' stories 

Date:     Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st March 2019

Time:    09.30 - 16:30

Venue:  North Inch Community Campus, Perth

Please be aware that spaces may be limited. 

To Create an Account and Book a place please visit: SDF Workforce Development

Please contact SDF Adminstration Team on: 0141 221 1175 or email: enquiries@sdf.org.uk

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Mindfulness Relaxation

A weekly drop in where you can learn techniques to relax.

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PERTH

Location: Contact Mindspace to confirm
Time: 2pm-3.30pm
Date: Every Thursday

How to book a course:

Online: www.mindspacepk.com
Phone: 01738 639657

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MyHomeReach Tech for Change 2018

MyHomeReach helps encourage independence and reduces social isolation with its extensive features. Focused primarily on users Health and Wellbeing it allows families and care providers to home in on use of the app. 

A simplified interface which can be personalised to the user’s wants and needs. Easier and quicker access to online features and opens up contact to local communities.

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Our learners are enjoying this app, here’s what they have to say:

“I like how everything I want is in one place”

“I couldn’t do this to start with but I’m better at it now” (after 3 months using the app)

“I like the fact this tablet is small and not too heavy I can move it easy”

“I want to remain independent so I like the idea of what this app can offer me to help me do that”

“Learning how to use this [tablet] has made me more confident using it [MyHomeReach]”

Co-Ordinator comments:

“DG has been using the app for 3 months and has progressed very well. Initially DG was unable to work the touch screen very well but is now moving through the app with little guidance from me. The app makes it easier for him to do what he wants to do and it’s nice to see him going from only using the app during our appointments to using it daily on his own”

The fantastic benefits include:

Loan of a tablet and broadband (where required) for up to 6 months

One to one digital learning sessions with co-ordinator or group sessions

Opportunity to gain digital skills and develop digital capabilities

It’s completely FREE to learners for the duration of the project

If you or anyone you know could benefit from this please contact:

Danielle Crighton, Learning Co-Ordinator on 07775844885 or dcrighton@lead.org.uk 

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New Psychoactive Substances and Club Drugs

A Handbook Guide has been published for Parents and Carers on how to talk with your children about New Psychoactive Substances and Club Drugs. The Guide has been produced by Mentor UK and Adfam. To read the comprehensive guide please click here.

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Numeracy, Literacy and IT Drop In

Drop in by Mindspace

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PERTH

Location: Contact Mindspace to confirm
Time: 10am-12pm
Date: Every Tuesday 

How to book a course:

Online: www.mindspacepk.com
Phone: 01738 639657


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PK Learning & Development

The learning and development team are committed to supporting workers and managers using a variety of creative methods which are unique to individuals and teams. Engaging in learning and development is critical for promoting a confident, caring, skilled, motivated and valued workforce.

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They will work together with partner organisations and communities to support ongoing learning and development, that opportunities are available and unique to individuals and teams is essential, thereby promoting a culture of learning as a valuable way to support individuals, families and communities to live fulfilling lives and achieve their desired outcomes.

Please visit - www.pklearning.org.uk for more information on current courses, news and events. 

Email - HCCTraining@pkc.gov.uk 

Tel - 01738 477828

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Playlist for Life

Playlist for Life encourages families and caregivers to create a playlist of personally meaningful music on an iPod for people with dementia. There is mounting evidence that if people with dementia are offered frequent access to the music in which their past experience and memories are embedded, it can, improve their present mood, their awareness, their ability to understand and think and help their sense of identity and independence.

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This is an online resource:

https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/for-someone-else 

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Scotland's Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA)

Mental Health First Aid is like any other type of first aid and is the help given to a person before appropriate professional help or treatment can be obtained.

The course will benefit anyone with a professional or personal interest in mental health and wellbeing and many business and HR managers have found the course to be a great asset to their own roles and to supporting members of their staff and colleagues.

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The aims of the course

The SMHFA course does not set out to teach people to be therapists. However, it does train people to be pro-active.

You will be aware of:
• how to ask about suicide
• how to recognise the signs of mental health problems or distress
• how to provide initial help
• how to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

The course aims to:
• preserve life
• provide practical help
• promote the recovery of good mental health
• provide comfort to a person experiencing distress
• promote understanding of mental health issues.

The objectives of the course

By the end of the training participants will have considered:
• Attitudes - to understand the role that stigma and discrimination play in mental health
• Recovery - to realise that recovery is possible
• Alcohol and Drugs and how they affect our mental health
• Suicide and how to ask about it
• Listening Skills in a non - judgemental way
• Self-harm- understanding self-harming behaviours
• Depression-what is depression
• Anxiety- understanding various anxiety disorders
• Psychosis- the impact of psychosis.


Date:     Wednesday 20th & 21st Februray 2019

Time:    09.30 - 16:30

Venue:  North Inch Community Campus, Perth

If you would like to book please contact Lorna Webster on 01382 424086.

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Skills Zone

Basic computer skills, form filling, CVs, support with job search and more.

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PERTH

Location: AK Bell Library, Perth
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm (Wednesdays) 9.30am-11.30am (Fridays)
Date: Every Wednesday & Friday 

 

For more information:

Contact Willie Sinclair (Wednesday sessions) on 01738 477092 or winclair@pkc.gov.uk

Contact Trish Rodger (Friday sessions) on 01738 477092 or pjrodger@pkc.gov.uk 

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SMART Recovery Family & Friends

The SMART Recovery Family & Friends (F&F) Programme offers an evidence-based approach to support individuals with a loved one struggling with addiction. SMART F&F includes tools from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in combination with the highly acclaimed CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) programme.

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 The programme is designed to help those affected by a loved one’s addictive behaviour to learn new ways of dealing with the challenges, thoughts and emotions that they experience. 

The programme looks at areas including Positive Communication, Disabling the Enabling, Trust and Self Care. SMART F&F will help participants to view their own behaviours, challenge their thinking and find more effective ways to interact with their loved one, as well as learning ways to empower themselves.

Suitable for carers that support someone with a substance misuse addiction.

PERTH

Location: St Mark's Church, Letham, Perth
Time:
5.15pm-7.15pm
Date:
Every Wednesday

For more information:

Richard Lister, Cair Scotland on 01738 451594 or richard.lister@cairscotland.org.uk

 

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The Forgetful Elephant Information

Irene MacKay has written a book called The Forgetful Elephant which helps to raise children’s awareness of dementia. Suitable for all ages. The session will have extracts from the book, a chance to purchase the book and to ask advice from Irene.

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Sessions will be run based on demand for session in this area.

 

For more information:

Contact Irene on enquiries@irenemackay.com

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Working with people who use substances as they age

One of the main current challenges support services experience is supporting an ageing populatio who use alcohol and other drugs. The course will explore the health needs of an ageing cohort learning from recent researches and trends with this population including the Glasgow HIV outbreak. It will discuss the reasons why older individuals tend not to engage with mainstream services, explore where else in the system the workforce can engage with an aging cohort and discuss strategies that have been piloted in Scotland for this population such as assertive outreach.

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Date:     Friday 15th March 2019

Time:    09.30 - 16:30

Venue:  North Inch Community Campus, Perth

Please be aware that spaces may be limited. 

To Create an Account and Book a place please visit: SDF Workforce Development

Please contact SDF Adminstration Team on: 0141 221 1175 or email: enquiries@sdf.org.uk

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