Learning Opportunities Calender

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 the Adult Carers Development Worker on 01738 567076 or carershubadmin@pkavs.org.uk

Carers Connect event 2019


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Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Explore the key issues related to caring for a relative with psychosis 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:

Booking Form 


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Creative Mindfulness (Knit & Natter)

Weekly learning and social opportunity by Mindspace

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Location: Contact Mindspace to confirm
 Every Thursday

How to book a course:

Online: www.mindspacepk.com
Phone: 01738 639657

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Open Learn resource on the TV series Dementiaville.

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This is an online resource:


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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 21st May 2019

Date:    Tuesdays

Time:    14:00 - 16:00

Venue:  PKAVS Carers Centre, Lewis Place, North Muirton, Perth, PH1 3BD

For more information contact:

Amy on 07768917492 or

Gill on 01738 567076 or Gill.McShea@pkavs.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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Legal Advice Clinic for Carers

Do you have questions about:

  • Guardianship Orders
  • Power of Attorney
  • Wills
  • Protecting the rights and interests of the family member or friend you care for?

Make an appointment to speak to a solicitor at our monthly free advice clinic!

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When and where?


Wednesday 27th November 2019

Wednesday 26th February 2020

Wills and Power of Attorney

Wednesday 30th October 2019

Wednesday 29th January 2020

Wednesday 25th March 2020

30 minute appointments between 10:30am - 12:30pm

PKAVS Carers Centre

Lewis Place



How to book?

Contact Gill on 01738 567076 or Gill.McShea@pkavs.org.uk 


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Mindfulness Relaxation

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

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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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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.

AK Bell Library in Perth will be organising a Drop in on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 13:30 - 15:30 for people to find out more about the Playlist for Life project.

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This is an online resource:


Drop in dates:

  • 18th April
  • 16th May
  • 18th July
  • 15th Aug
  • 19th Sep
  • 17th Oct
  • 21st Nov
  • 19th Dec

If you would like further information, please call Sandra Birse,  AK Bell Library Supervisor, on 01738 477038.

If you are interested in volunteering to help at the Playlist for Life drop in's then click here!


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Skills Zone

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

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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.


Location: St Mark's Church, Letham, Perth
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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