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Quarriers Carer Support Service (Moray) provides a wide range of FREE learning opportunities for unpaid Carers of all ages throughout Moray.

Here's what some of those who have already taken advantage of the opportunity have found:

"I enjoyed the training and I found different information on how to help my son.  The course trainers were very helpful.”

“It has given me lots of thought on how to cope when things are going rough and what alterations to look for when I get stressed.”

"I have enjoyed meeting everyone on the course and will be sorry when it finishes but have taken away lots of things that I am going to
put in place."

"Been an uplifting and motivational experience!"

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 YOU could be benefiting from our learning opportunities like the Carers above with just one quick call.  Have a look at what's on offer in Course Outlines.

Help to access learning opportunities

If you need someone to look after the person you normally care for let us know - free respite may be available.

If there are any other barriers to you taking up learning opportunities, which you feel you would benefit from, tell us as we will make every effort to overcome them.

  • Perhaps you feel you won’t know anyone and joining the session will be a bit daunting? 
  • Perhaps you think you might be put on the spot to answer questions or made to do things you don’t want to?

Don’t worry

These sessions are run for you, and we aim to make every one as relaxed and enjoyable as we can with you participating as much as you want to.

“I found the training really helpful and the environment very comfortable enabling me to speak openly.” - Mrs Murray, Keith

Quarriers is constantly trying to develop services to meet Carers' needs.  You might be looking to enter the job market due to a change in your caring role or you might like the idea of using your brain for something other than caring.  The increase in confidence and self esteem from learning something new or realising how much you already know can be very powerful.  We're here to help you experience that.

Current dates of our core skills and capacity building sessions, along with opportunities to gain accreditation for skills you already have, can be found on our calendar.

And remember

If would like to take up some learning which is currently not on offer, or you have suggestions for other sessions, please get in touch with the Learning Co-ordinator.  Places on sessions must be booked in advance.

In the News

HOW CAN WE IMPROVE THE SERVICE?

Carers across Moray, this is your chance to have your say and shape future service provision.  In order to keep developing, we need you to tell us

  • what is good
  • what needs improving
  • what else you want from us
  • how you want it delivered
We are holding FOCUS GROUPS to gather that infomation on the following dates:

Forres - Tuesday 25th March
Elgin - Wednesday 26th March
Buckie - Friday 28th March
Lunch will be provided afterwards so you need to tell us which session you would like to attend  so that we can make the necessary catering arrangements.

This is your service so come along and help us make it better for you.  Call 01343 556031 to book your place.

CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE SCOTLAND have launched a new support group for those affected/bereaved by suicide.  As well as providing valuable support to families and others to come to terms with a suicide, research indicates that ‘people recently bereaved’ have an elevated risk of suicide; consequently the support group forms an important part of a comprehensive suicide prevention programme in Moray.  For more information contact Brigitte on 07761 559590.

ALSO

Quarriers is currently working with CRUSE to introduce a new support group to Moray.

Hopefully taking place early evening every Friday for 6 weeks this closed group of no more than 10 people is for anyone aged 18 and above who has been affected by bereavement, whether recently or some time ago.  Two qualified Cruse counsellors will be present at each session to encourage attendees to share their experiences, feelings and thoughts with the others in the group.  It will be a caring, sharing group, the structure of which willbe influenced by the members' hopes and expectations.

If you are interested in joining please contact the Adult Support Team on 01343 556031 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

CARERS WEEK - what kind of event would you like us to run?

Quarriers would like to hold a Family Fun Day on Saturday 14th June from 11am - 4pm with lots of things to see and do that the whole fmaily can get involved with.
However, we need to know this is the sort of event that you would support and attend.
Please take a few moments to give us your thoughts on what could make the day great for you and your family.
Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or give us a quick call on 01343 556031 and tell us your thoughts and also if you would be interested in getting more involved.

 

COULDN'T CARE LESS 

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When her mum develops Alzheimer's disease, Lilly embarks on a journey of frustration, humour and ultimately love as she learns to dance with the person who is, not the mother who was.  Inspired by the experiences of Carers, Couldn't Care Less is a dark, surreal, funny and moving story of two women whose lives are disappearing. 

With a smile on your face one moment and then a tear in your eye the next, this hour long production proved to be a highly inciteful look into the topic, perfectly embracing its affects from all sides.  Have a look at what some of the 100 plus attendees who went to performances in Buckie and Elgin had to say:

"Very good.  Thought provoking."

"An insight into what goes on behind closed doors and what both sufferer and carer/family go through".

"I liked the piece and learnt a lot about dementia".

"..Grateful for having the issues brough up in such a creative way".

CARERS' ART EXHIBITION

Way back in February one of our Carers suggested that she would quite like to teach other Carers how to draw and paint.  A class was advertised, established to run once a week for a couple of hours and 13 weeks later the group of nine have just held a highly acclaimed art exhibition, as part of Carers Week, in The Gallery at Elgin Library.  No-one could ever have predicted that we would uncover such artistic talent and from ladies who all claimed that they couldn't paint! 

The exhibition was attended by many people over the 3 days that it was staged.  Here are some of their comments:

Fabulous examples and clearly the artists are getting some time for themselves and opportunity to relax. Well done, keep it up!"

"Fantastic art work. I enjoyed looking at them all. You have done so well and have excellent talent. Good luck in the future."

"I am incredibly moved by the quality of the artwork and the stories of the people behind them – an emotional and thought provoking exhibition."

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Art Group 2013

Apart from realising that you CAN paint and draw, this class is a great opportunity to have some fun and relax.  If you are interested in being part of the next intake contact us on 01343 556031 and find your inner Monet.

UPCOMING COURSES

TAKING THE LID OFF - for families affected by substance misuse

Setting Boundaries
Mon 17 March, 6 - 9pm or Tue 18 March, 10am - 1.30pm
Managing Challening Behaviour and Conflict
Thu 20 March, 6 - 9pm or Fri 21 March, 10am - 1.30pm
Your Role in the Recovery Process
Wed 26 March, 6 - 9pm or Thu 27 March, 10am - 1.30pm
Drug Awareness and Local Support Services
Thu 3 April, 6 - 9pm or Fri 4 April, 10am - 1.30pm
Health and Wellbeing for you the Carer
Tue 8 April, 10am - 1.30pm or Wed 9 April, 6 - 9pm

"Taking the lid off truly opened my eyes and my understanding to how we are able to prepare and handle situations that arise"
"58% of misusers reciver with solid family support."

If you would like more information or to attend any or all of these sessions please contact Nuala or Liz on 01343 556031.

 

MENTAL HEALTH 

This spring we are planning to run a course which aims to:
  • uncover the myths and mysteries surrounding the broad subject of mental health
  • help you find ways to better understand those affected
  • help you cope with a mental health caring role. 
If you are interested in finding out more or attending please contact Mike to note your interest.

 

FREE AUTISM SEMINERS FOR FAMILIES IN MORAY

These seminars held in the Town Hall in Forres from 10am - 2.30pm will help families to

    • develop an understanding of autism
    • discuss various experiences
    • identify how autism can affect families
    • explore practical ideas for developing their own strategies
    • clarify support that families may be entiltes to an ways to access it

For topics and dates please see calendar.

See calendar for details

Call 01343 556031 to book a place unless otherwise stated

Factsheets and Top Tips

For those of you who would like to sample what's on offer, have a look at the following factsheets.  They give you a brief overview of certain topics and an insight into the information covered in some of the current learning opportunities.  The tools that some contain have been proven time and again to help Carers find a more positive perspective on life and caring while helping them identify their own needs and ultimately cope better.

If you have suggestions for other factsheets, or you wish to leave a comment, please do so at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it marking your e-mail for the attention of the Learning Co-ordinator.

LINKS to other learning providers:

www.moray.ac.uk - Moray College

www.myworldofwork.co.uk - My World of Work

www.moray.gov.uk -  ‘learning and education’ tab - library services, adult learning

www.sqa.org.uk - Scottish Qualifications Authority

www.lead.org.uk - Access to learning for disabled young people and adults and carers across Scotland

www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk - Skills Development Scotland

www.volunteermoray.org.uk - Volunteer Service Moray

www.open.ac.uk - The Open University

www.uhi.ac.uk - University of the Highlands and Islands

www.highland-opportunity.com/business-gateway.htm - Business Gateway

www.scottishautism.org - RIGHT CLICK - Online course for parents/Carers of children and teens with autism.