Training and Education
Our Carers Training and Education Programme offers courses that will support you in your caring role as well as equip you with new skills. From IT to First Aid, Dementia Awareness and Manual Handling. We also offer courses to help you train for a return to work. All of our courses are FREE.
For more information contact us on 0800 181 4118.
Caring for someone can be valuable and rewarding, but without the right support caring can have health, financial and social impacts. This online course aims to help you identify and find resources, technology and sources of support to prevent your caring responsibilities from becoming overwhelming.
Module 1: Building networks and finding support.
This module will help you identify the support available to you as a carer and look at how to build networks
Module 2: Caring for someone
In this module, you will learn about providing the best care and technologies you can use to assist you in taking care of someone.
Module 3: Building emotional resilience
This module will help you find ways to support your own health and wellbeing, and reduce the impacts of caring. It will help you develop resilience in dealing with the challenges of caring, with benefits to you and the person you care for.
Module 4: Building physical resilience
This module will help you find ways to support your own health and build physical resilience.
Module 5: Working and Caring
This module explores topics such as telling your employer and colleagues you are a carer, your legal rights, flexible working and leave arrangements, as well as leaving and returning to work.
Training for carers looking after someone with dementia
Alzheimer’s Support Wiltshire offers a regular introductory, six-week course which is held online or in-person.
The sessions are led by experts in their field, however the delivery is informal. Topics include:
- What is Dementia
- Managing Problems at Home
- Legal and Financial Aspects of Caring
- Taking Care of Yourself
- Safer Moving and Assisting
- Care at Home and Evaluating Care Homes
Free courses will often be made available through Wiltshire Council – some will only be available for those meeting certain criteria. It’s worth checking their website for current opportunities.
The below Boost courses are some that are taking place in early 2022.
Learn My Way offers free courses for you to learn digital skills to stay safe and connected.
Learning online can often be a good fit with caring. It allows you to study at your own pace, in your own home and you can choose a course either for professional development or to learn a new skill or pursue an existing one. Online courses are often affordable too, although you might not be working towards a recognised qualification.
Udemy offers over 180,000 video courses covering all sorts of topics. Prices start from £13.99 per course.
FutureLearn is jointly owned by The Open University and offers online courses and degrees from top universities from around the world.
Quite a lot of the short courses are free, or upgrading for £16.67 a month gives you a greater choice and more freedom on when you complete a course. There are also professional courses available for £36 a month, which come with a free 7 day trial.
The Open University also offers a lot of free content and short courses on it’s OpenLearn website.
Masterclass specialises in videos and courses held by big names – learn about making music with Alicia Keys or writing fiction from Margaret Atwood.
It’s learning made inspirational and entertaining and prices start at £16 a month for unlimited access.
Uptime says you can ‘get smarter in just 5 minutes’ through its life lessons extracted from the world’s best books, courses, documentaries and podcasts.
It’s a good way of learning new things and arming yourself with things to talk about in conversation and certainly beats scrolling through social media when you find yourself with a little bit of spare time!