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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 Kerry Donaghy on 01738 452221 or kerry.donaghy@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:    Wednesday 15th November 2017

Time:    1pm - 3pm

Venue:  Adult Resource Centre, Jessie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6BT

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

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Being Heard - A Self-Advocacy Toolkit

This toolkit created by Carers Scotland provides information and suggests techniques to help carers advocate for themselves. Also signposts and links to other elements of the Toolkit for carers to access for more information

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Carers Get Digital

Information and training on using your iPad and/or Tablet. Access to the internet can provide information about your local community, services, opportunities and rights. It can be used for support, give access to education and provide entertainment. One to one support is offered as required.

Booking is essential, as classes run depending on demand. One to one support is available for carers in their own home when required. 

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BLAIRGOWRIE

Location: Blairgowrie Library
Dates: Every Tuesday

PERTH

Location: North Inch Community Campus
Dates: Ev
ery Wednesday 

For more information please contact:

Gail Phillips, Learning Co-Ordinator, Lead Scotland
07775851507
gphillips@lead.org.uk 

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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:

Booking Form 

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

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

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Date:    Wednesday 25th October 2017 

Time:    6pm - 8pm (Dinner from 5.30pm)

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

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

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Dementia Information

Do you need information about living with a diagnosis of dementia? Support someone living with dementia? Or you may be worried about your memory? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, drop in to speak with staff from Perth and Kinross Council and Alzheimer Scotland. This is a group for people who are able to attend safely on their own or who are accompanied by someone to support them.  

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10am-12pm (Last Tuesday of the month)
3.30pm-7pm (First Tuesday of every month)

Both sessions at the Adult Resource Centre, Jessie Street, Blairgowrie

For Further information, please contact Christine Fleming on 01250 871919 or Fiona Matthews on 01738 562358 or fmatthews@alzscot.org 

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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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Direct Learning 1:1

Developing literacy skills on a one to on basis in a relaxed atmosphere, learning at your own pace.

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PERTH

Location: AK Bell Library, Perth
Time:
To Suit Participant
Date:
 To Suit Participant

For more information:

Contact Angie MacInnes on 01738 477078, 07799 470055 or ARMacinnes@pkc.gov.uk 

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Dyslexia 'Drop In'

Informal chat, support & information

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PERTH

Location: AK Bell Library, Perth
Time: 10am-12pm
Date: Last Saturday of the month

For more information:

Call 01786 446650 or 07947 975569

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Emergency Planning

A short informal workshop introducing the who, what, why, when and how of emergency planning for carers. ENABLE Scotland recently launched an Emergency Planning Toolkit which has been designed as a resource to support carers to plan for emergencies in their own time, at their own pace, we will explore these resources during the workshop.

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Date:    Wednesday 30th August 2017

Time:    6pm - 8pm (Dinner from 5.30pm)

Venue:  St Margaret's Health Centre Day Room, 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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Emotional CPR

Assisting others through an Emotional Crisis

20th & 21st September 2017

PLUS Perth are pleased to announce that Dr Daniel B. Fisher, M.D., Ph.D., will lead a 2-day emotional cpr workshop at St Marys Monastery, Perth on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September.

Emotional CPR is an accredited course which teaches people to assist others through an emotional crisis by connecting, empowering and revitalising. (www.emotional-cpr.org)  

This training has been made possible through funding from local Trusts and Foundations.

"It was one of the most profound experiences I have ever had. This is the kind of work I want to do to rebuild community"

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Statutory sector - £185

Non P&K citizen - £185

Vol. organisation - £90

Nonwaged/carer - FREE

For more information or to book a place, please contact PLUS Perth - 01738 626242, plusperth@msn.com, www.plusperth.co.uk  

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English for Speakers of Other Languages

Classes for teaching English as a second language.

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PERTH

All classes taking place at AK Bell Library, Perth.

ESOL for starter/beginners: Tuesday 5.15pm-7.15pm or Thursday 11.30am-1.30pm

ESOL (Access 3): Tuesday 11.30am-1.30pm or Thursday 5.30pm-7.30pm

ESOL Intermediate: Thursday 1.15pm-2.45pm

To book, please contact:

ESOL Starter/Beginners course:

Lyn Tuer (Tuesday class) on 01738 477092 or learningcurve@pkc.gov.uk 

Angie Hillyer (Thursday class) on 01738 477091 or ahillyer@pkc.gov.uk 

ESOL (Access 3) course:

Angie Hillyer (Tuesday class) on 01738 477091 or ahillyer@pkc.gov.uk 

Mary Gillespie (Thursday class) on 01738 567076 or info@meadproject.org.uk 

ESOL Intermediate course:

Rosalind Ashling 01738 477079, 07799 470055 or rashling@pkc.gov.uk 

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Free Digital Skills Training

Culture Perth and Kinross (Libraries) are offering free digital skills sessions.

The informal learning follows a programme of short, interactive courses on basic digital skills which learners can work through at their own pace with the support of a tutor. 

More advanced sessions on GSuite (formerly Google Apps), desk top publishing and creating websites are also available.

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Drop in sessions from week beginning 10th April 2017

Date:    Tuesdays

Time:    2pm - 4.30pm

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


Date:    Thursdays

Time:    2pm - 4.30pm

Venue:  Alyth Library, Alyth, Blairgowrie, PH11 8AH


Date:    Friday

Time:    2pm - 4.30pm

Venue:  Birnam

For more information contact: Sheila Mackay, Digital Skills Volunteer Coordinator on sheilamackay@culturepk.org.uk

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Heartstart Training

A CPR course covering:

  • calling for help
  • abdominal thrusts
  • recognising signs of heart attack
  • putting someone in recovery position

If asked, choking and CPR for infants can be demonstrated too. Hosted by Heartstart.

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Date:    Saturday 19th August & Saturday 23rd September

Time:    10am - 12pm

Venue:  Perth

To book these sessions please phone 01382 740400 or email helenjbrady@nhs.net or jodi.moodie@nhs.net 


Date:    Wednesday 27th September 2017 

Time:    6pm - 8pm (dinner served from 5.30pm)

Venue:  Crieff 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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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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Numbers and You

Brushing up and/or developing number skills in a relaxed atmosphere with an experienced tutor.

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PERTH

Location:
 AK Bell Library, Perth
Time: 9.45am-11.30am
Date: Every Friday 

Contact Angie Macinnes on 01738 477078, 07799 470055 or ARMacinnes@pkc.gov.uk 

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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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Open University - Caring For Carers

Carers look to The Open University for a variety of reasons: some carers want to build on the knowledge and skills they’ve gained while caring, some want to resume studies that had to be put on hold, and others are looking for something completely different as a contrast or outlet to their caring role.

Whatever the motivation the flexibility of the OU allows carers to fit study around their caring commitments.

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Perth Carer Theatrics

An independent project, supported by PKAVS Adult Carers and Horsecross. Whether you are a novice or experienced, join in this fun and interactive drama group!

Running until the end of June, but carers can join in at any point.

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Every Monday
7pm-9pm
Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth

For more information, please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk for queries and bookings.

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Perth Online

Lead Scotland’s new project Perth Online supports people to learn digital skills. People who identify as being disabled, or are a carer or people who feel they are disadvantaged and experience barriers to learning.

The Perth & Kinross project will initially focus on the following geographical areas: Blairgowrie/Rattray, north and city centre Perth. If you live elsewhere please still get in touch and if we have capacity we will try to get to you too.

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PERTH & BLAIRGOWRIE/RATTRAY

Location, Dates and Times provided on request.

Please contact Lead Scotland Perth & Kinross Learning Co-ordinator, Gail Phillips, gphillips@lead.org.uk or 07775 851507 for more information

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Planning For The Future

Learn about the 'Six Must Dos' including Wills, Power Of Attorney, Advance Directive, Care Costs, Guardianship and Legal Aid.

A learning opportunity with PKAVS Carers Hub and Caesar Howie Solicitors

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Date:    Tuesday 13th September

Time:    6pm - 8pm

Venue:  Number 3, King Street, Perth

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

 

 

 

 

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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,
  • Improve their awareness,  
  • Improve their ability to understand and think, 
  • 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 Awareness training

  • Increase your awareness of the practical and emotional impact of having a sensory impairment – that is, a visual or hearing impairment or both.
  • Encourage you to start to identify how you can work with and support someone who has a sensory impairment.
  • Tell you about some of the equipment and resources that can support someone with a sensory impairment.
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Training is by request at present. 

For more information, please contact:

Libby Hillhouse, NE Sensory Services, 08452712345 (textphone) or 01224 625622 (voice), libby.hillhouse@nesensoryservices.org 

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Six Legal Must Dos - Planning for The Future

This popular session covers legal “must dos” such as:

  • Power of Attorney
  • Guardianship
  • Wills
  • Care Home Costs
  • Legal Aid
  • Advanced Directives

Hosted by Solicitors for Older People Scotland.

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Date:    Wednesday 18th October 2017

Time:    1pm - 3pm

Venue:  Adult Resource Centre, Jessie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6BT


Date:    Wednesday 29th November 2017

Time:    6pm - 8pm (Dinner from 5.30pm)

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

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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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. 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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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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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

Sessions that take place at Beechgrove will also include a tour of the SmartFlat where many TEC products are on display. 

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Date:    Wednesday 20th September 2017

Time:    1pm - 3pm

Venue:  Adult Resource Centre, Jessie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6BT

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

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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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Third Sector Training in Perth & Kinross

Click here to access a list of known available learning opportunities in Perth and Kinross offered by the Third Sector.

Developed by the Perth and Kinross Learning and Development Team in conjunction with the 3rd Sector Forum members.

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Writing Matters

Developing literacy skills in a small group setting and relaxed environment. Learning at your own pace.

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PERTH

Location: AK Bell Library
Time: 3pm-4.30pm
Date: Every Thursday

For more information:

Contact Angie Macinnes on 01738 477078, 07799 470055 or ARMacinnes@pkc.gov.uk 

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