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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

Being Aware of Scams

This session is in conjunction with Perth and Kinross Council’s Trading Standards. The session will cover the current scams happening in Perth and Kinross, and how you can spot them.

A handy session for anyone supporting vulnerable people in the community.

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Date:    Tuesday 17th April 2018

Time:    10am - 12pm

Venue:  St Margaret's Health Centre, St Margarets Drive, Auchterarder, PH3 1JH

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

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CAB Quest 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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CAP Money Course

Struggling to balance the budget after the festive period?  Was Christmas on the cards – credit cards that is?  The CAP Money Course could be just what you need.

 

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This free, short money course makes managing your money simple.  It will teach you budgeting skills and a simple cash based system to help you get to grips with your finances.  The course will be held  fortnightly in the Breadalbane Campus on three Mondays 29th January, 12th February and 26th February from 1.30-3.30pm.  

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) have been operating in Highland Perthshire for four years now and have been helping people to become completely debt-free.  CAP has delivered the Money Course to more than 45 people in our community and everyone has learned something from it.  One participant said “I would stress the confidentiality of the course and that everyone would gain from attending, even if they didn’t feel they had any problems with managing money”.

This is a very informal DVD based course full of helpful tips and hints…..  If you would like to find out more or book a place on the course, either go online at www.capmoney.org , email angelahanvey@capuk.org or call 07513 652597

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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:    Monday 5th March 2018

Time:    2pm - 4pm

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


Date:    Tuesday 20th March 2018

Time:    10am - 12pm

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


Date:    Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Time:    10am - 12pm

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

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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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 Harm Seminar

Police Scotland and Trading Standards are running a free 2 hour session on financial harm at Dewars Centre in Perth on Thursday 3 May. 

Please contact John Morrison by email on John.morrison2@scotland.pnn.police.uk if anyone wants to book a place. 

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0930 - Introduction - Chief Inspector Ian Scott

0935 - Janet Reay, Trading Standards - Online and Postal Scams

1000 - DC Shona Jarrett, Police Scotland - Fraud

1025 - Break - Tea, Coffee and Pastries 

1045 - Janet McVeigh - Family perspective 

1105 - Alex Fuentes - Santander Bank

1130 - Questions & Close/Networking

There will also be various stalls offering leaflets and advice

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Fire Safety

This session will cover Home & Fire Safety advice followed by Basic Life Saving skills and CPR. Hosted by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. 

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Date:    Tuesday 8th May 2018

Time:    11am - 1pm

Venue:  Strathearn Community Campus, Pittenzie Road, Crieff, PH7 3JN

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

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Getting it Right...Keeping Your Child Safe

Thursday 17th May 2018 at Perth Playhouse Cinema

A partnership event for parents, carers, family members and all professionals working with children and young people.

All presentations will explore current challenges in keeping our children safe in a digital environment.

The event will be free of charge

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Presentations from experts in their field will include:

  • Emerging risks: what challenges do children face in a developing digital world, and how do we support when things go wrong?
  • Sexting in schools: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people   
  • Online extremism:  what are the vulnerabilities and risks to young people?
  • Young people and their public persona: how digital technology has transformed a generation 

Attendees can register for one of 3 identical seminars.

  • Session 1       9.30 - 11.30am
  • Session 2       1.00 - 3.00pm
  • Session 3       5.30 - 7.30pm

Places will be limited.

For bookings, please go to http://pkc.GIRFEC-Event-2018-Booking.sgizmo.com/s3/     

For further information, please contact Catriona Scobbie on 01738 477861

Speakers

Tink Palmer MBE – Chief Executive, The Marie Collins Foundation

Charlotte Aynsley - Director, E-Safety Training and Consultancy

DCI Suzanne Baker - West Midlands Police

Michael Conlon – Digital Skills Officer, Education Scotland

The event will be held upstairs in the main screening room.  Due to the content of the presentations, no child under the age of 16 will be permitted entry.

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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 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

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, manoeuvres and more.

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Date:    Monday 23rd April 2018

Time:    10am - 1pm

Venue:  Beechgrove House, Hillend Road, Perth, PH1 1DL

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

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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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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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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 29th March 2018

Time:    10am - 12pm


Date:    Wednesday 25th April 2018

Time:    2pm - 4pm


Date:    Monday 28th May 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:    Tuesday 27th February 2018

Time:    10am - 12pm

Venue:  St Margaret's Health Centre, St Margaret's Drive, Auchterarder, PH3 1JH


Date:    Tuesday 19th April 2018

Time:    10am - 12pm

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


 

Date:    Monday 14th May 2018

Time:    11am - 1pm

Venue:  Perth Fire Station, 401 High Street, Perth, PH1 1PL

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

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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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Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness Consultation

The Scottish Government are producing the first national strategy to tackle social isolation and loneliness in the UK. Your views and opinions have an important role to play in shaping what this will look like. The draft strategy is a catalyst for conversation. It is very much a starting point, and the opinions and views of people will be central to shaping what the final strategy looks like. 

 

 

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Date:    Wednesday 7th March 2018

Time:    10am - 12pm

Venue:  Madoch Centre, Errol Road, St Madoes, Perth, PH2 7FF


Date:    Thursday 8th March 2018

Time:    10.30am - 12.30pm

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


Date:    Tuesday 13th March 2018

Time:    10.30am - 12.30pm

Venue:  Strathearn Community Campus, Pittenzie Road, Crieff, PH7 3JN


Date:    Tuesday 20th March 2018

Time:    10am - 12pm

Venue:  Kinross Centre, 64 High Street, Kinross, KY13 8AJ


Date:    Wednesday 21st March 2018

Time:    10am - 12pm

Venue:  The Shed, Kinnoull Hill, Perth (by Jubilee Car Park)


Date:    Wednesday 21st March 2018

Time:    1.30pm - 3.30pm

Venue:  Community Connect @ Rattray, High Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 7DG

If you would like to book a place 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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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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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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