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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

ADHD Awareness Session

ADHD is a complex condition and this session will aim to improve the understanding and demonstrate the need for diagnosis and recognition. Hosted by Perth & Kinross ADHD Support Group.

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Date:    Monday 10th December

Time:    10am - 11.30am

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

If you are interested in this learning opportunity please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk.

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ASIST 2-day Training Course

ASIST is a two day comprehensive workshop for anyone who wants to learn how to recognise the signs of suicidal thoughts and how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

The course is designed to help all in communities to become more willing, ready and able to help people at risk of suicide

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Description of Course:

  • To be able to recognise invitations for help
  • To reach out and offer support
  • To be able to review the risk of suicide
  • To be able to apply a suicide intervention model
  • To link people with community resources

Who is the Training for (Target Group): Any member of staff, members of other statutory and voluntary organisations and members of the public.

(It is vital you attend both days) Dates Available:

Date:    Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th July 2018

Time:    09:00 - 16:30 each day

Venue:  North Inch Community Campus, Perth

1 place available 


Date:    Thursday 30th & Friday 31st August 2018

Time:    09:00 - 16:30 each day

Venue:  Perthshire Woman's Aid, Perth

4 places available

Booking is required for all events. Please contact Lesley Simpson on 01738 476775 or lsimpson@pkc.gov.uk for queries and bookings.

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Budgeting Board Game

Financial capability board game hosted by Citizens Advice Bureau.

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Date:    Monday 25th June 2018

Time:    4pm - 5:30pm

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

Booking is required. Please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk for queries and bookings.

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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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Dementia Awareness Sessions

Why not take the opportunity to come along and learn more about what it’s like to live with dementia and the small things you can do to support people living with dementia in their everyday lives. 

A free learning opportunity with PKAVS Carers Hub and Alzheimer Scotland.

All unpaid carers and professionals working with carers welcome!

 

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Date:    Friday 24th August 

Time:    2pm - 4pm

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


Date:    Monday 3rd September

Time:    10am - 12pm

Venue:  Loch Leven Community Campus, Muirs, Kinross, KY13 8FQ


Date:    Tuesday 2nd October 

Time:    10am - 12pm

Venue:  Atholl Centre, Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX


Date:    Tuesday 23rd October

Time:    2pm - 4pm

Venue:  Aberfeldy Parish Church, 3 Taybridge Road, Aberfeldy, PH16 5BX

If you are interested in this learning opportunity please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk.

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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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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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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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Heartstart Training

A CPR course covering calling for help, abdominal thrusts, recognising signs of heart attack and putting someone in the recovery position. If asked, choking and CPR for infants can be demonstrated too. Hosted by Heartstart.

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Date:    17th November 2018

Time:    10am - 12pm

Venue:  Clinical Skills Area @ Perth Royal Infirmary, Taymount Terrace, Perth PH1 1NX

If you are interested in attending this session please contact Helen or Jodi on 01382 740400.

 

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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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Mindfulness for Carers

Most of us live busy and stressful lives where we are under pressure to get things done or be somewhere by a certain time. Our minds are full of what needs to be done or even sometimes going over what has been. We rarely pause to appreciate the present moment. This constant ‘busyness’ may lead to various health problems. Physical and mental health and general well-being can be improved by mindful practice and the qualities of mindfulness can be developed in our lives in the same way as learning a new skill.

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We would like to invite unpaid carers to a series of 6 Mindfulness Classes!

The classes will be facilitated by Lynne Crow from Black Crow Holistics and will take place on Wednesdays 4:00pm – 5:30pm on the following dates:

  • 26th September
  • 3rd October
  • 10th October
  • 17th October
  • 24th October
  • 31st October

Venue:

PKAVS, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PP

By the end of the course carers will have:

  • A clearer understanding of what mindfulness is
  • The ability to establish a regular practice at home
  • A way of being that helps to tackle life’s problems – physical, mental, social and emotional
  • The ability to relax more deeply
  • Heightened self-confidence and enthusiasm for life

The classes will cover:

  • Breathing
  • Meditation
  • Hand mudras
  • Vibration and sound
  • Negative self-talk
  • Mantras and affirmations
  • Gratitude

Booking is required as spaces are limited. To book a space please fill in the application form and return it to Marlena Nowaczyk by 14th September 2018. (click to download application form)

Address: PKAVS, The Gateway, North Methven St, Perth PH1 5PP

Email: Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavsorg.uk

If you have any questions, would like to receive a paper copy of the application form or need help filling it in please contact Marlena on 01738 567076 or on Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.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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Money Management - CANCELLED

This session will cover budgeting, balancing and coping with changes in circumstances such as losing a job, marital breakdown, the death of spouse etc. This session will be hosted by Christians Against Poverty. 

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Date:    Thursday 24th May 2018

Time:    10am - 12pm

Venue:  Aberfeldy Parish Church, 3 Taybridge Road, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BH

Booking is required for all events. Please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk for queries and bookings.

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Moving and Handling

This session will be delivered in conjunction with Perth & Kinross Council and will cover: health & safety, advice on how to move safely and keep yourself safe, how to support someone from a chair or to walk, wheelchair maintenance and manoeuvres and more.

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Date:    Monday 1st October  

Time:    1pm - 4pm

Venue:  Atholl Centre, Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX

If you are interested in attending or would like more information please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk.

                                     

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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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Planning for Transition

A workshop for parents from Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, working with Lead Scotland.

Uncertainty around what happens when a young person leaves school is stressful, but there is help out there - and good planning can make a big difference to finding a solution that works for your family. This workshop offers an introduction to the transition process and what you should expect. 

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Who should attend

Parents/carers of young people aged approximately 12-18 with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

About the workshop

  • Find out what the law says about transitions
  • Learn who should be involved in transitions planning, how and when
  • Understand more about your role in the process, and that of your young person
  • Consider some of the possible options
  • Look at examples of transition plans and take home a template to help your own planning 
  • Discover more sources of information and support 

You will be able to talk to other families facing the same issues and help us identify what parents and carers need to feel more confident in preparing for the future.

Date:    Tuesday 6th March 2018

Time:    10am - 1pm (includes refreshments)

Venue:  Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, PH2 0TH

FREE but ticketed 

Reserve your place through Eventbrite - www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/perth-planning-for-transition-tickets-42235045157 

** This workshop is part of Going Forward - Preparing Parents for Transition, a wider programme consulting with parents and families to develop a new resource that will make sure families have the information and support they need in the process of planning what happens after their family member leaves school. To find out more visit www.contact.org.uk/scotland 

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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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SafeTALK 1-day Training Course

SafeTALK is aimed at giving participants the skills to recognise that someone may be suicidal and to connect the person to someone with suicide intervention skills.

It is designed for organisations that already have ASIST trained helpers in place to maximise intervention as the main suicide prevention focus.

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Description of Course ½ day. To give participants the skills to recognise that someone may be suicidal and to connect that person with suicide intervention skills

Who is the Training for (Target Group) Communities or organisations that already have ASIST trained helpers in place to maximise intervention as the main suicide prevention focus.

Date:    Tuesday 10th July, 2018

Time:    10:00 - 14:30

Venue:  North Inch Community Campus, Perth

10 places available


Date:    Tuesday 2nd October, 2018

Time:    09:00 - 13:00

Venue:  Strathearn Community Campus, Crieff

Booking is required for all events. Please contact Lesley Simpson on 01738 476775 or lsimpson@pkc.gov.uk for queries and bookings.

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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:     Thursday 8th & Friday 9th November 2018

Time:    09.30 - 16:30

Venue:  North Inch Community Campus, Perth


Date:     Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th January 2019

Time:    09.30 - 16:30

Venue:  North Inch Community Campus, Perth


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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Sensory Impairment Awareness Training

VisionPK is the voluntary organisation who specialise in providing support to blind and partially sighted people across Perth & Kinross. VisionPK now also work in partnership with ‘Action on Hearing Loss’ to deliver services to people who are deaf or hard of hearing throughout the Perth & Kinross area. 

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Our free sensory impairment awareness sessions aim to give participants confidence in relating to people with sight loss or hearing loss including advice about how to most appropriately offer support.

"I am now aware of the different ways to guide blind/partially sighted people. This was a very interesting and informative day"

The training is fun and experiential. Participants will learn about common eye conditions, aids and equipment available for people with hearing and/or sight loss, common myths about sight and hearing loss, effective communication and much more.

"Made me more understanding of visual impairment and how people maintain their independence"

All sessions will take place at:

VisionPK, Perth & Kinross Sensory Centre, 14 New Row, Perth, PH1 5QA 


 Date:    Thursday 4th October

Time:    2pm - 4pm


Date:    Tuesday 6th November 2018

Time:    2pm - 4pm


For more information or to book a place please contact: Tina at VisonPK on 01738 626969 or email: tine.williamson@visionpk.org.uk  

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Six Legal Must Dos - Planning for The Future

All unpaid carers and professionals or volunteers working with carers welcome! This popular session covers legal “must dos” such as, Power of Attorney, Guardianship, Wills, Care Home Costs, Legal Aid and Advanced Directives

Hosted by McNabs Solicitors and PKAVS Carers Hub.

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Date:    Monday 17th September

Time:    10am - 12pm

Venue:  Aberfeldy Parish Church, 3 Taybridge Road, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BH


Date:    Monday 26th November

Time:    2pm - 4pm 

Venue:  Atholl Centre, Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX

If you are interested in this learning opportunity please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk.

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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.

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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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TEC Awareness Session

This session is hosted by the Community Alarms team at PKC, and will cover the following:

  • Introduction to technology-enabled care (e.g. telecare, telehealth, digital platforms)
  • Overview of TEC products (e.g. personal alarms, falls monitors, GPS locators, flood detectors)
  • TEC case studies 
  • Referral route for TEC
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Date:    Wednesday 19th September

Time:    2pm - 4pm

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


Date:    Monday 1st October

Time:    10am - 12pm 

Venue:  Loch Leven Community Campus, Muirs, Kinross, KY13 8FQ

If you are interested in this learning opportunity please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.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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For more information:

Contact Irene on enquiries@irenemackay.com

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The Learning Curve

All our learning activities are developed around learners' needs and interests with focus to boost their confidence, their employment prospects, health and wellbeing.

The Learning Curve is a place where you can do your learning in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere; the learning sessions are informal and take only a couple of hours a week. At each session you can work at your own pace on issues that are important to you and explore new ways to improve your skills.

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