Quarriers Carer Support Service (Moray) provides a wide range of FREE learning opportunities for unpaid Carers of all ages throughout Moray.
"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
"Been an uplifting and motivational experience!"
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
COULDN'T CARE LESS
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."
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.
FIRST AID - resuscitation skills - Thursday 2nd October 12.30 to 3.30pm in ElginHelping you cope when things go wrong this course will help build your confidence in putting someone in a recovery position and delivering CPR.
Useful for first timers or a good reminder for those wishing to refresh skills.
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.
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.