Training Opportunities


Lanarkshire Carers Centre’s carer 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 Centre, 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.


 

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.

Regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.

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


Available Dates

Weekly
Next session - Thursday 09 July 2020
10am - 10:45am


How to Book

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

A great fun beginners level class with a gentle warm up, balance and strength exercises, and a proper cool down. Fantastic music played throughout.

Suitable for all


Available Dates

Weekly
Sessions starting - Tuesday 07 July 2020
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.

This course will help you learn what tension is and how this can have an overall negative effect on your mental and physical wellbeing. It will also give you techniques that you can use to help relax and rejuvenate your mind and body.

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


Available Dates

Weekly

Next session - Monday 06 July 2020

1pm – 2:30pm

How to Book

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

  1. Dealing with worry: It’s natural to worry and there’s no easy way to stop worrying altogether. Mindfulness can help us get better at recognising worries and it teaches us to gently guide ourselves back to a sense of perspective and what matters. In this session, Martin will show you how. Martin will also lead you in a relaxing meditation to help you unwind.
  2. Dealing with feelings of panicPanic not only affects your emotions but also has an impact on your physical wellbeing. Martin will show you how to recognise feelings of panic as they arise and give you some simple tools to deal with these negative feelings. Martin will also lead you in a relaxing meditation to help you unwind.
  3. Managing negative moods - how to avoid being snappy and irritated:Anger is a very common emotion but it does little for our own mental health and well-being or for those around us. Martin will offer some insight and practices on recognizing and dealing with feelings of anger and irritation when they arise. Martin will also lead you in a relaxing meditation to help you unwind.
  4. Dealing with anxietyBy understanding our anxiety habits we can teach ourselves to behave differently and get on top of these difficult and damaging emotions. Martin will explain what causes anxiety and how we can actively work to let it go. Martin will also lead you in a relaxing meditation to help you unwind.
  5. Managing mood-swings:When something goes wrong do you manage to let go of your emotions or do you react to them? If you react to them then you’re not alone. Martin will show you how to take a step back from your automatic reactions and control those inevitable mood swings. Martin will also lead you in a relaxing meditation to help you unwind.
  6. Getting a good night’s sleep: The more anxious you get about getting a good sleep the more challenging a good sleep becomes. Martin will give you some hints and tip, along with a guided meditation to help you settle down at night and drift off to a peaceful sleep.

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


Available Dates

Session 6
Wednesday 08 July 2020
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.

  1. Achieving peace of mind: We all want peace of mind but very few of us have actually achieved it. Mindfulness can help you gain peace of mind and in this session Martin will show you some strategies how. Martin will also lead you in a relaxing meditation to help you unwind.
  2. Plan your day with positive activities: Self care is always really important but now, during the pandemic, it’s more crucial than ever. We have a choice in how we use the time we have while we are distancing from others. Good choices can make all the difference to your mental health and well-being. Martin will discuss how you can plan your day with positive activities and stay mentally well during this crisis. He will also lead you in a relaxing meditation to help you unwind.
  3. Managing your emotionsMost of us would instinctively understand the benefits of being aware of our emotions. Mindfulness can not only help us recognise when we feel happy, angry, or sad though but also how to best manage our emotions. Martin will show you how to notice all of your emotions and also how to make active choices which are better for us and for those around us. Martin will also lead you in a relaxing meditation to help you unwind.
  4. How to increase happinessWhat does happiness actually mean and what are the practical ways to begin making happiness a reality for you? Martin will look at his question and give you some tips for focusing on what’s important to you and how you can spend your time with the goal of living a happier life. Martin will also lead you in a relaxing meditation to help you unwind.
  5. Waking up with a positive mindset: You’ve no doubt heard the old adage of getting out of the wrong side of the bed when you start your day in a bad mood? Martin will look at how you can start to program your mind so that you wake up each morning with a positive mindset and get the most out of every day. Martin will also lead you in a relaxing meditation to help you unwind.
  6. Practicing gratitude: Practicing gratitude has lots of positive effects in improving our mental health. Martin will explore ways you can be more appreciative in your life and tell you of the great benefits this can bring to your happiness. Martin will also lead you in a relaxing meditation to help you unwind.

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


Available Dates

Session 6
Thursday 23 July 2020
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.

  1. An Expert Guide on Deep Meditation: Whether you are new to Mindfulness or looking to hone your practice, this is the online class for you. Martin will gently guide you in the art of meditation, giving you the benefit of his vast experience. Learn how to experience deep meditation from a leading expert in the field.
  2. Self Care: We care for those around us, but how often do we try to really look after ourselves. After all, if we don't take care of ourselves, we can't care for others as well as we could. Learn how to be kinder to yourself with Martin Stepek.
  3. Using Mindfulness to Manage Stress, Anxiety and Worry: Mindfulness not only reduces stress but also gently builds resilience so that stressful situations have less impact on our happiness and well-being. Martin will begin by discussing how to use the simple, but scientifically proven techniques of Mindfulness to reduce and manage stress and anxiety. He will then lead you in a guided practice to relax and let go of stress.
  4. Stop Worrying with Mindfulness: Sometimes it can seem like we worry about everything under the sun - money, work, health, relationships and family. It’s obviously natural for us to do it but that doesn’t make worrying any less fraught, distressing, stressful or draining of our sense of enjoying life. Martin will show you how to use Mindfulness to recognise worry very quickly. He will teach you some simple tools and techniques and so that you’ll eventually find that your worrying dwindles and is more easily managed.
  5. Mindful Walking: Make the most of the nice weather! A mindful walk is an excellent way to clear your mind of clutter and restore your sense of focus. Taking a break to enjoy a mindful walk or to enjoy nature in your garden can have a very rejuvenating effect. Martin will show you how to take advantage of the summer months and use Mindfulness to help free your mind when you feel stuck or overwhelmed. 
  6. Coping with Anger: The key to Mindfulness is about being aware of your feelings and reactions and choosing those which help you feel good and letting go of all the others. Martin will look at ways of using Mindfulness to let go of anger and help you to accept whatever situation you are in, if possible. 
  7. Loneliness:  Feelings of isolation and loneliness can be all consuming. Martin will look at how Mindfulness can help deal with these negative, and very destructive, emotions and move towards acceptance and happiness. 
  8. Happiness: As the clocks move back and the days get shorter, it’s very natural for your mood to take a slump. Martin will look at using Mindfulness to let go of negative thoughts, feelings and emotions and move towards greater happiness.
  9. Dealing with Guilt: Guilt is a very common emotion and it’s very natural to be troubled by it. Martin will look at ways of using Mindfulness to understand and deal with feelings of guilt, helping you to rid yourself of this negative emotion.
  10. Have a Merry Mindful Christmas: It's easy to let Christmas pass you by without really enjoying it. In a whirlwind of activity leading up to the big day, the magic of Christmas is often overshadowed by the stress of shopping, cooking and sending cards. Then, in a blink of an eye, it’s over and we’ve been so lost in all our preparations we can be left feeling a little down that it’s not lived up to our expectations. But it doesn’t have to be like that! Martin will remind you what’s important about the festive season and will show you how to use Mindfulness to enjoy every single wonderful moment.

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


Available Dates

Session 5
Wednesday 15 July 2020
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Session 6
Thursday 06 August 2020
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Session 7
Wednesday 16 September 2020
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Session 8
Thursday 08 October 2020
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Session 9
Wednesday 11 November 2020
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Session 10
Wednesday 16 December 2020
7:30pm - 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.

Come along to this ongoing creative group and learn a variety of art styles including silk painting, clay modelling, cross stitch and watercolours.


Available Dates

Airdrie
 
Frequency: Fortnightly - Thursday's
1pm - 3pm
Airdrie Locality Support Services, 92 Hallcraig Street, Airdrie, ML6 6AW
 

To help delay the spread of coronavirus, our Creative Carers group is postponed until further notice.

Come to our fantastic choir run in partnership with Soundroutes Singers.

Singing is a great way for carers to get together, socialise and relieve stress.

Sign up and be part of something amazing!


Airdrie

Frequency: Weekly - Wednesday's

12:30pm - 2pm

St Margaret’s Church, 96 Hallcraig St, Airdrie ML6 6AW


To help delay the spread of coronavirus, our Carers Choir has been postponed until further notice.

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.