Training Opportunities


Lanarkshire Carers training programme covers a range of topics to help carers feel confident in their caring role and look after their own health and wellbeing. When someone’s caring role is new, our Steps of Caring Programme provides useful information and helpful contacts. Our training programme provides a range of condition specific sessions and topics that address issues identified by carers throughout the caring journey. When a caring role changes or ends our Moving Forward from Caring Programme supports carers to deal with loss and change and move on to services better placed to meet their needs. 


The courses we deliver are listed below. You can also sign up to our mailing list and we will contact you when further training opportunities become available.

At Lanarkshire Carers, we try our very best to ensure that carers get access to as much information and training opportunities as possible to help them in their caring role.

We provide free of charge training courses to ensure that no carer will ever be unable to attend due to financial reasons. However, there is a cost to us and for some courses it can be considerable. We understand that as carers, something can arise which would prevent you from attending a pre-registered course.

If you are unable to attend please contact us as soon as possible. Many of these courses have a waiting list and unless we know, we are unable to offer your place to someone else.

 

 

This is a gentle movement class which will help you maintain and improve your general wellbeing and in turn your physical and mental health. This class will consist of mainly seated, gentle exercises which will target different muscle groups. This will be beneficial to carers who have mobility issues, health problems and those who are unable to access exercise.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the sessions. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

9 Week Course

W/C Wednesday 27 January 2021

11am - 12pm

 

How To Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 to book a place.

These adaptable online workshops are modelled on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach, are recovery focused and teach valuable self-management skills to approach conditions like stress, depression and anxiety. Delivered over 3 days, these fun and informal workshops are interactive and delivered by fully trained individuals who will provide you with all the licensed materials to support you on Living Life to the Full.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the sessions. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

3 Week Course

Tuesday 23 February, 02 & 09 March 2021

11am - 1pm

How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

These adaptable online workshops are modelled on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach, are recovery focused and teach valuable self-management skills to approach conditions like stress, depression and anxiety. Delivered over 2 days, these fun and informal workshops are interactive and delivered by fully trained individuals who will provide you with all the licensed materials to support you on Living Life to the Full.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the sessions. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

2 Week Course

Tuesday 20 & 27 April 2021

10am - 1pm

How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

We now know that sensory differences are extremely common in those on the autism spectrum; so much so sensory differences are now part of the diagnostic profile. During this session we look more closely at sensory differences. We begin by identifying our 8 (not 5) sensory systems and demonstrate how these sensory systems might be different in the autistic population. We will discuss how to begin to identify a person’s sensory differences with them and how you can then support them to make everyday life less stressful.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Thursday 04 February 2021

10am - 1pm

 

How To Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 to book a place.

During this workshop we will explore why autistic people seem to be so much more anxious than the rest of the population and how escalating anxiety can lead to ‘challenging’ behaviour, meltdowns and/or shutdowns. Together we will discuss what anxiety is, what we mean by ‘challenging’ behaviour and we’ll learn how a little bit of anxiety is a good thing and how to begin to support those autistic people who experience too much anxiety.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Thursday 04 March 2021

10am - 1pm

 

How To Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 to book a place.

These are well researched and evidenced strategies which are known to be of benefit to many autistic people. They are a great way of supporting autistic people to have a ‘voice’ Join us to learn what they are, why they are so useful for autistic people and how to use these effective visuals.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Thursday 01 April 2021

7pm - 9pm

 

How To Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 to book a place.

Moving to another school can be a challenge for any child. For autistic children that challenge is so much more stressful and anxiety provoking. Join us for this session to find out why this is the case and how you can support them through this difficult time. Lots of hints, tips and resources you can download for yourself/school.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Thursday 06 May 2021

7pm - 9pm

 

How To Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 to book a place.

In this workshop we look at emotional development in both typically thinking and autistic people and how it differs in both. We explore why your child/young person finds it difficult to tell you what/how they feel. You’ll learn some strategies to allow you to support them to better understand their own emotions and how to begin to teach them to grade, regulate and communicate those emotions more effectively.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Thursday 03 June 2021

7pm - 9pm

 

How To Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 to book a place.

Session 1 - Happy 2021!

2020 was a difficult year for most, so it’s important that we don’t start 2021 dejected and down. Join Martin for a refresher of Mindfulness and see how you can use the simple tools to make the most of all 2021 has to offer.


Session 2 - Feeling overwhelmed by life?

Join Martin Stepek, for a hot drink and some uplifting mindfulness. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by life or a wee bit down, bringing mindfulness to simple everyday activities, such as drinking a cup of tea, can be a great way to build moments of mindfulness into busy day. Martin will expertly guide you in using your hot drink for a relaxing and enriching meditation. He will also show you how practicing mindfulness will help you let go of negative thoughts, feelings and emotions, and enjoy life.


Session 3 - Be Still

If your circumstances are turbulent or stressful, it’s difficult to imagine how being still in the midst of this is possible, or can help. Martin will show you how being still for short periods throughout your day can help bring peace of mind. 


Session 4 - Mindfulness and Nature

Make the most of the spring! Getting outdoors can really boost your mood. Martin will look at different ways of being mindful outdoors including mindful walking or taking time to sit in your garden or a local park to just notice. He’ll show you how this simple exercise can really boost your sense of well-being and happiness.   


Session 5 - The Power of your Breath

Everyone breathes, right? It may seem odd to focus on something that comes so naturally to us all, but Martin will show you why practicing being aware of your breath has such a huge impact on our mental and emotional wellbeing. It’s so simple, but it really works!


Session 6 - Are you your Biggest Critic?

We’re often harder on ourselves than anyone else, picking faults and raking over past mistakes. Mindfulness can help boost your self-esteem. Martin will show you how regular practice helps us to let go of being critical and judgmental about ourselves and ultimately be happier with who we are.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the sessions. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Session 2

Thursday 11 February 2021

10am - 11am

 

Session 3

Wednesday 17 March 2021

7pm - 8pm

 

Session 4

Thursday 15 April 2021

10am - 11am

 

Session 5

Wednesday 12 May 2021

7pm - 8pm

 

Session 6

Thursday 17 June 2021

10am - 11am

 

How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

We live on a planet dominated by plants! We will look at the major plant groups from around the world and how we can use them in our gardens.  

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Monday 15 February 2021

10am - 11:30am

How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

An introduction to growing your own delicious and nutritious fruit and vegetables at home, whatever space you have.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Monday 15 March 2021

10am - 11:30am

How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

An introduction to plant identification and plant names.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Monday 12 April 2021

10am - 11:30am

How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

What can you do to help the birds and bees? From planting pollinator friendly plants to the compost you buy, everything makes a difference.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Monday 17 May 2021

10am - 11:30am

How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

An interactive session where we discuss what we want from our gardens, how and when to make changes.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Monday 14 June 2021

10am - 11:30am

How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

This course delivered by Chiropractor Dr Luke Jeal, will give you tips on how to prevent back and neck pain and how to keep your back healthy and avoid pain and damage.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Friday 05 February 2021

2pm - 3:30pm

How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

This personal development course will help you create positive changes to make your life more balanced, productive and enjoyable. There are specific themes for the 4 separate modules which will be delivered in a relaxed and comfortable style. You should come away feeling more confident and have a fresh new outlook on your life as a carer.

 

Session 1 - Creating Confidence

This module will focus on your own personal skills and help you work on having a positive mindset and staying strong.


Session 2 - Happy and Healthy Life

This module will focus on choosing your attitude and how to have mindful moments. It will give you tips on how to manage your emotions and help you gain the best possible version of yourself.


Session 3 - Planning Success

This module will help you gain perspective and maintain a balanced life. You will plan and create goals and protect your own vision in life.


Session 4 - Facing the Future

This module will show you how to embrace change in life and focus on positivity. It will allow you to create your own reality and choose action to face the future.  


Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the sessions. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.

Available Dates

Session 1

Wednesday 03 February 2021

11am - 1pm

 

Session 2

Wednesday 17 February 2021

11am -1pm

 

Session 3

Wednesday 03 March 2021

11am - 1pm

 

Session 4

Wednesday 17 March 2021

11am -12:30pm

 

How to Book 

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

This course will give you detailed, easy to understand instructions on how to carry out self -massage at home. This session will focus on hand and arm massage and will give you the confidence and knowledge to be able to carry out massage as part of your self- care routine.

This course will be run 3 times in 3 different translated languages for our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Carers.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the sessions. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Session 1 - (Urdu)

Monday 29 March 2021

11am - 12:30pm

 

Session 2 - (Arabic)

Monday 26 April 2021

11am - 12:30pm

 

Session 3 - (Polish)

Monday 24 May 2021

11am - 12:30pm

 


How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

This course will give you detailed, easy to understand instructions on how to carry out self -massage at home. This session will focus on hand and arm massage and will give you the confidence and knowledge to be able to carry out massage as part of your self- care routine.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Monday 22 February 2021

11am - 12:30pm

 


How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

This session will show you how to carry out a simple facial massage treatment for yourself at home. This will help to relax you and make you feel much calmer.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Monday 22 March 2021

11am - 12:30pm

 


How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

A deep dive into the turbulent times called the teenage years. This course will look at the neurological changes that take place during this phase, and how this impacts on behaviour, mood and relationships (both with peers and parents!). Synaptic pruning prepares the brain for adulthood, prioritising the frontal lobe and it's decision making capacities. Ever wondered why teenages love taking risks? You can blame the changes in the pre-frontal cortext for that!

Our trainer will guide you through these changes and more, explaining what healthy, typical development looks like, and how to navigate the challenges along the way.  Where additional care needs are also present, e.g. autism, learning disabilities, we can help identify what additional support might be useful, teaching tools for the individual and carers to enjoy together. This course can also contain elements of sleep hygiene, cognitive behavioural therapy and nutrition depending on the needs of the group. 

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

2 Week Course

Thursday 25 March & Thursday 01 April 2021

7pm - 8:30pm

 


How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

This course will cover:

  • A basic overview of necessary nutrition
  • Busting common diet myths
  • Benefits of a varied diet on gut microbiome
  • How what we eat influences our physical and mental health
  • The brain-gut relationship
  • Using food to boost our immune system
  • How our sleep influences our overall health
  • The importance of exercise and movement

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Wednesday 31 March 2021

10am - 12pm

 


How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

This course will cover:

  • Sleep cycle
  • The role of hormones in circadian rhythms
  • Connection between good sleep and good health
  • Guidance for improving sleep hygiene and habits
  • Sleep disorders
  • Role of a sleep counsellor
  • Introduction to the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy in relation to improving sleep quality

Our sleep trainers are all qualified sleep counsellors who work in tandem with Sleep Scotland to help children and families fortify their physical and mental health by promoting positive sleeping habits. 

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Tuesday 04 May 2021

10am - 12pm

 


How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

This course is specifically developed for new carers or carers newly registered with Lanarkshire Carers. Come along and find out about local services and providers that can help you access help and ongoing support.

Carers are encouraged to attend both weeks if possible.


Available Dates

2 Week Course

Tuesday 06 & 13 April 2021

6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

2 Week Course

Friday 28 May & 04 June 2021

10am - 12pm

 

How To Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 to book a place.

Awareness talk from Epilepsy Scotland will include in depth information on seizures, diagnosis, causes, treatment, impact, first aid for seizures, emergencies, different seizure types, implications for care, complex care needs and opportunity to ask any questions.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Tuesday 01 June 2021

10am - 1pm

 


How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

Organisational help for your mind and how to help tackle any hoarding issues. When things get too much, they can seem overwhelming.

By having a structure and a plan in place, this helps to focus, keep anxiety at bay and slowly create space in your head and in your house.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the sessions. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

4 Week Course

W/C Friday 05 March 2021

10am - 12pm

How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

This is a in depth session where you will learn about forgiveness and how it can free up so much emotional and mental energy, allowing you to feel free from any guilt or regret that is holding you back.

Once you can do this, letting go of what is not serving you well will greatly improve your focus on the here and now and not in the past.

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the sessions. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Thursday 20 May 2021

10am - 12pm

How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

A gentle introduction on how to start looking after yourself by taking steps to improve your wellbeing and feel supported in the process. 

You will learn ways to ensure your self care is a priority without the accompanying thoughts of guilt and feeling selfish. 

After the 4 weeks you will notice a marked improvement on your overall sense of wellbeing and be able to recognise when you need to look after yourself more. 

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the sessions. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

4 Week Course

W/C Friday 09 April 2021

10am - 12pm

How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

This is an information session for carers of people with dementia. It is based on research suggesting that information and skills training can be as helpful in reducing carer stress as counselling and support groups.

The training is designed in complete consultation with the carers who will be attending, ensuring that the information provided is appropriate to their needs. 

Please note: A Smart phone/tablet/laptop and a stable internet connection is required to take part in the online session. You will receive an email on the day of the session with details of how to access it.


Available Dates

Monday 08 February 2021
1pm - 3pm
Tuesday 09 March 2021
1pm - 3pm
Wednesday 14 April 2021
10am - 12pm
Friday 07 May 2021
10am - 12pm
Tuesday 08 June 2021
10am - 12pm

 


How to Book

Please complete our Online Training Registration Form. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to book a place.

This practical one to one handling session delivered by Physicare will include safe performance of manoevres and tasks regularly undertaken by Carers which can include:

  • Assisting forwards and backwards in a chair
  • Assisting to stand and sit
  • Assisting walking with or without walking aid
  • Assisting with falls
  • Assisting into and out of bed
  • Rolling and turning in bed
  • Toilet and Bathing

How to Book

To help delay the spread of coronavirus our Carer Training Courses will be limited to online. If you require support with your caring role, please contact us on 01698 428090/01236 755550.

Lanarkshire Carers Centre is committed to ensuring carers are confident in their caring role and would like to provide information and training that is appropriate to your needs. We already provide some information and training, but your comments are important to us and will enable us to plan a programme best suited to carers’ needs over the next year.

Our training needs analysis survey makes suggestions which might be of interest to you. You can also make suggestions for additional topics not listed.

Please click here to complete the training needs analysis survey

If you require any assistance, please telephone 01698 428090 or 01236 755550.