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Our training programmes aim to equip and empower you as a carer.

Training is very important for carers for a number of reasons.

  • It provides you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to care safely. 
  • It helps maintain your wellbeing and can prevent you from becoming ill yourself.
  • It can also help reduce feelings of isolation and provide an opportunity for you to do something for yourself. 

As well as running our own training courses we also aim to signpost you to other training providers so you can access training to suit your needs:

Training is very important for carers for a number of reasons.

  • It provides you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to care safely. 
  • It helps maintain your wellbeing and can prevent you from becoming ill yourself.
  • It can also help reduce feelings of isolation and provide an opportunity for you to do something for yourself. 

As well as running our own training courses we also aim to signpost you to other training providers so you can access training to suit your needs:

Bedford Training Programme: November 19 to March 2020

Bedford Training Programme: Oct to Dec - to print
Bedford Training Programme: Jan to Mar 2012 - to print

Friday 13 September to 6 December , 10.30am-12.30pm
Art for Wellbeing (you can join at any time, ring the office to confirm dates)
Anne Thompson
Enhance your wellbeing by spending two hours absorbed in art with others.
£6.00 per session

Tuesday 12 November, 12pm—2pm
Talk & Lunch: Occupational Health by Bedford Borough Council & ELFT
Learn how the Occupational Health team can help the person you care for remain independent in the home.  Have lunch with other carers and share your caring experiences.
£5.00 for light lunch & drinks

Tuesday 19 November, 10.30am—12pm
Meet the Team—Bedford Office
Newly registered with Carers in Bedfordshire?  Find out about our services and meet the team.

Thursday 28 November 1.30-3.30pm
Digital Photography—Paul Derrek
Learn new skills and embark on a project by yourself or with our Camera Club.

Weds 15 January, 10.30am—12pm
Meet the Team 
Newly registered with Carers in Bedfordshire?  Find out about our services. 

Fri 17 Jan to 20 March, 10.30am-12.30pm
Art for Wellbeing 
Anne Thompson 
Enhance your wellbeing by spending two hours absorbed in art. 
£6.00 per session 

Thurs 27 February, 1.30-3.30pm
Digital Photography 
Paul Derrek 
Learn new skills and embark on a project by yourself or with our Camera Club. 

Tues 3 March, 10.30-12.00pm
5 Ways to Wellbeing 
CiB Team  
Learn practical steps to improve your emotional wellbeing. 

Thurs 5 March, 12pm—2pm 
Talk & Lunch: Talk by Tollers Solicitors 
Find out about legal information that can help you and the person you care for.  Share lunch & experiences with other carers. 
£5.00 for light lunch & drinks 

Tues 17 March, 9am – 4.30pm 
Emergency First Aid at Work Certification Day 
Helen Bell-Day 
For carers wanting a recognised First Aid Qualification. Certificate valid for 3 years.
Bedford office 
Bring a packed lunch 
Places are limited, please book as soon as possible. 

All the training takes place at the Bedford office unless otherwise stated.

Chiltern Vale & Leighton Buzzard Training Programme: November 19 to March 20

Chiltern Vale & Leighton Buzzard Training Programme: Oct to Dec - to print
Chiltern Vale & Leighton Buzzard Training Programme: Jan to Mar 2020 - to print

Wednesday 20 November 2019, 10am – 12pm
Christmas Crafts Workshop
Palma Quinn
Get into the festive spirit with making a card or decorations on a Christmas/seasonal theme
Leighton Buzzard Scout Hut, 48 Grovebury Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 4SW
Booking necessary for all
Free (Donations Welcome)

Tuesday 26 November 2019, 1pm – 3pm
Christmas Crafts at the Houghton Regis Carer’s Group
Palma Quinn
Get into the festive spirit with making a card or decorations on a Christmas/seasonal theme
Houghton Regis Carer’s Group, Houghton Regis Library, Bedford Square, Houghton Regis, LU5 5ES
Please call to book if you are not a member of this Group as places are limited
Free (Donations Welcome)

Mon 10 February, 10am – 12pm 
Care Funding Options for Later Life 
Lyndhurst Financial Management. 
How to make care at home and care home funding costs as manageable as possible. 
Dunstable Fire Station, LU6 1AA 

Tues 11 February, 6pm - 8pm 
Mini Hand Massage at the Dunstable Carers Group
Palma Quinn 
Enjoy a mini hand pamper whilst attending February’s Group 
Salvation Army HQ, Dunstable, LU6 3AH 
Please call to book if you are not a member of this Group 

Thurs 27 February, 10am – 12pm 
A Talk on Rushmere Country Park at the Leighton Buzzard Morning Group 
Michael Stanley 
This talk will help to bring to life this well-loved, well-visited and local country park. 
Greenfields, Theedway, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9SP 
Please call to book if you are not a member of this Group. 

Weds 18 March, 10am - 1pm 
Pop-up Wellbeing and Relaxation Spa 
CIB, Trish Monroe and various wellbeing practitioners. 
Enjoy chair yoga, mindful colouring, mini massage and a healthy lunch at the CIB Pop-up Spa to help you relax and unwind. 
Scout Hut, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4SW 
£5 payable in advance. Places are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment  

Tues 31 March, 1pm - 3pm 
Easter Crafts at the Houghton Regis Group 
Palma Quinn 
Embrace spring and make Easter crafts to take away with you. 
Houghton Regis Library, LU5 5ES 
Please call to book if you are not a member of this Group. 

Ivel Valley & West Mid Beds Training Programme: November 2019 to March 2020

Ivel Valley Programme: Oct to Dec - to print
Ivel Valley Training Programme: Jan to Mar 2020 - to print

All training is held at the Biggleswade office, unless stated otherwise.

Thurs 19 September to 14 November, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Art for Wellbeing
Deidre Porter-Hanson
Enhance your wellbeing by spending two hours absorbed in art with other
£42 for the course or £6.00 per session

Tuesday 12 November, 12.30-3pm
Talk & Lunch: Fire & Safety Advice
Interactive discussion about keeping yourself and your property safe.
£5.00 for light lunch & drinks

Wednesday 4 December, 2.00-3.30pm
Mindful Crafting
Karen Mangold
Enhance your wellbeing by spending time making crafts or doing mindful colouring.
£2.00 for materials and drinks

Tuesday 10 December, 12.30-3pm
Talk & Lunch: Christmas Sparkle
Come and create something special for Christmas.
£5.00 for a light lunch and drinks

Thurs 16 Jan to 12 March, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Art for Wellbeing 
Deidre Porter-Hanson
Enhance your wellbeing by spending two hours absorbed in art. 
£42 per course or £6.00 per session 

Weds 5 Feb, 4 March, 2.00-3.30pm 
Mindful Crafting 
Karen Mangold 
Enhance your wellbeing by spending time making crafts or doing mindful colouring. 
£2.00 for materials and drinks 

Tues 11 Feb, 12.30 – 3pm
Talk & Lunch: East Anglian Air Ambulance 
A talk on the services they provide. 
 £5.00 for a light lunch and drinks 

Tues 10 March, 12.30 – 3pm 
Talk & Lunch: Art & Illustration 
Stephen Halton. 
£5.00 for a light lunch and drinks 

Wed 11 March, 10.30am – 12.30pm 
Relaxation for Carers 
Mel Reynolds 
Take time out and learn some carer-friendly techniques to use in everyday life. A short treatment available. 

Thurs 19 March, 10.30am – 12.30pm
5 Ways to Wellbeing 
CiB Team  
Learn practical steps to improve your emotional wellbeing. 

Wed 25 March, 11am – 2pm
Meet the Team 
Newly registered with Carers in Bedfordshire?  Find out about our services. 
Flitvale Garden Centre - Cafe 

1-to-1 Smartphone / Tablet / Laptop Training

1-to-1 Smartphone / Tablet / Laptop training
Did you know that everyday technology can help you as a carer? Using Skype, on-line shopping or booking a GP appointment online.  To find out more book a 1-1 IT training session for some advice, tips and instructions on technology.

Mondays, 10.00am – 12pm
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Monday afternoons
Sea Cadet HQ, Biggleswade
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315 079

Wednesday, 2 & 4th week, various times
Leighton Buzzard Library
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Anna Kidman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231 208

Local Training Providers

Carers in Bedfordshire is not responsible for the content delivered by an external provider.

For people with mental health issues and their carers - Bedfordshire and Luton Recovery College Programme

You Programme - Impact - Focuses on improving your mental and physical wellbeing

For Parent Carers with children with autism - Autism Bedfordshire 

Online Learning

 "About Me: Building Resilience for Caring" is an online training package especially created for unpaid carers by Carers UK.  Click here to learn more.

Thinking Ahead is a free online resource by Carers UK.  It aims to prepare people for the potential costs involved in caring for a family member or loved one, and highlights key issues for carers in work.  

Looking for free social care training visit wefindanylearner.co.uk for a wide number of level 2 courses.  

FutureLearn provides a wide range of online courses designed by leading universities for a wide range of learners.  They have many courses that help increase your knowledge about conditions and your caring role.

Here are some courses by FutureLearn that you might find useful as a carer

Understanding Anxiety, Depression & CBT

Understanding ADHD

Integrating Care: Depression, Anxiety & Physical Ilness

Youth Mental Health: Helping Young People with Anxiety

Understanding Autism

The Many Faces of Dementia

Dementia Care: Staying Connected & Living Well

Living Well as Dementia Progresses

Creating Moments of Joy for People with Dementia

End of Life Care for People with Dementia

Living well with Diabetes

Dysphagia: Swallowing Difficulties & Medicines

Ageing Well: Falls

First Aid for Babies

First Aid for Adults

It Starts with your Heart: British Heart Foundation

Heart Health: Understanding Cardiovascular Disease

MIndfulness for Wellbeing

Maintaining a Mindful life

Nutrition & Wellbeing

Good Brain, Bad Brain: Parkinson's Disease

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