Events with Connecting Carers 2021
Join us for training events that are open and free of charge for unpaid Carers in Highland. If you are an unpaid Carer in Highland and have not yet contacted Connecting Carers you can get in touch: 
 https://connectingcarers.org.uk/make-a-referral.aspx

to get involved with Training events and other relevant services. 

Please click on the relevant link below to book your space. Please feel free to contact us if you wish help with booking or joining a session.

Many sessions are currently offered online. However, there are also some outdoor activities that are able to happen "face to face" and conditions apply to these to safeguard people. 


You are welcome to book any or all sessions that you wish, while spaces remain, and sessions are open and free of charge to unpaid Carers in Highland.

Meg's Mindful Movement and Relaxation 
Mondays: 7-8pm via Zoom

20th September

Thursdays 7-8pm via Zoom 
23rd September
Book any and all sessions that you wish while spaces remain.
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Megs Mindful Movement and Relaxation - a wonderful way to end your busy day.  Relax, unwind, switch your phone off and put a Do not disturb note on the door if you can.  Settle and notice your breath, allow Meg to show you a wonderful self massage technique starting at the top of your head all the way down to your feet, to allow the tension of the day to just slip away.  All movements are performed mindfully, very gently and can be done sitting down.  Follow this with a wonderful relaxing body scan meditation where you allow your body and mind to rest.  This is normally done lying down but if you are more comfortable you can sit. More information here about this approach  www.MegsMindfulMovement.co.uk


Gentle Walk, Ness Islands, Inverness with Linda Birnie 
10 am to 11am Tuesday 21st September 2021. "Face to face", conditions apply. 
Book here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/168821418407


Gentle Walk, Ness Islands, Inverness with Linda Birnie .
Join Connecting Carers at for a gentle socially distanced walk along the Ness Islands, Inverness. Meet up details will follow.
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Join Connecting Carers at for a gentle socially distanced walk along the Ness Islands, Inverness. Meet up details will follow.

Linda will lead this walk for an easy paced walk in the Ness Islands, Inverness. This is a beautiful walk with lots to see.

Take an hour for yourself to get a breath of fresh air, stretch the legs, connect with nature and maybe get a wee blether.

We will confirm the specific meet up place to attendees.

The walk will be socially distanced and you should bring your own mask and hand sanitiser, and anything else you need to feel comfortable. If you wish any refreshments please bring your own along. It is understood that public toilets and refreshments to purchase can be accessed before and after the walk.

There are good paths along the Ness Islands, and we will be keeping a fairly easy pace so that everyone can just relax and enjoy the event.

Thriving Families Catch Up with Karen Kelbie, Family Support Worker 
Tuesday 21st September 2021 7pm to 8pm. Via Zoom. 
Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/168795801787


Thriving Families Catch up with Karen Kelbie, Family Support Worker
Thriving Families aims to improve the lives of families in Highland by helping to build confidence and empower them to know their rights.
Thriving Families aims to improve the lives of families in Highland by helping to build confidence and empower them to know their rights.
Karen Kelbie is a Family Support Worker with Thriving Families

Thriving Families is a charity that provides an independent information, advice and support service to families and carers of children (up to age 25) with additional support needs, and the professionals working with them. We aim to improve the lives of families in Highland by helping to build confidence and empower them to know their rights. Listening and chatting through what questions a family need and want to ask can make the world of difference to them. More information about how we can help will be given on the day.
www.thrivingfamilies.org.uk


 
Botanical Colours Workshop with Gael Hillyard Wednesday 22nd September 2021 1.30pm to 3pm 
This session offers the choice to either attend in person at the Botanical Gardens or to join via Zoom.  
 
 
 
Face to face option at Botanical Gardens.  Book Here: 


Gentle Yoga with Natalia Maguire - using a mat or chair as wished 
Mondays 10.30am to 11.30am 

27th September
11th October
25th October
8th November 
22nd November 


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Gentle Yoga with Natalia Maguire - chair adaptation included if/as wished
Gentle Yoga Practice which can be done either in a chair or on the mat. Combination of stretches and breath work to relax mind and body.
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Gentle Yoga Practice which can be done either in a chair or on the mat.  Combination of stretches and breath work to relax mind and body.

‘We are inviting you to join us for a gentle Yoga Practice which can be done either in a chair or on the mat. The session is a combination of stretches and breath work aiming at releasing tightness around the body, as well as focusing on mobility and relaxation of both mind and body.



Self Managing my Health and Wellness as a Carer with Anne Stewart, LGOWIT and Linda Birnie 
Tuesday 28th September 2pm to 3.30pm 

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This session with Anne Stewart, LGOWIT and Linda Birnie, Connecting Carers, offers tools to Carers to support their own health and wellbeing.  Resources are discussed to enable Carers to be better prepared to self manage their own long term health condition, whether or not this has been formally diagnosed. The session introduces resources developed by LGOWIT, and gives an opportunity to explore these with other Carers. 



The Autism Iceberg Approach with Anne Love of Love Autism
Thursday 30th September 2021 10am to 11am and 
Thursday 7th October 2021 7pm to 8pm 
Please attend both sessions.  

Via Zoom 
Book here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/168798987315

The Autism Iceberg Approach with Anne Love of Love Autism
Are you confused by your autistic child’s behaviour? Not sure why they do what they do or say what they say? Not sure what to do to help?


Are you confused by your autistic child’s behaviour?
Not sure why they do what they do or say what they say?
Not sure what to do to help?

Learn about The Autism Iceberg Approach. 

Join Anne Love for the two sessions where Anne will show you how to use The Iceberg Approach to help you problem solve and work out the answers to these questions. Once you know how to use The Iceberg Approach it will help you better support your child/young person in the future too.

Session 1: We will spend some time looking at why autistic children and young people might ‘behave’ the way they do.

Session 2: We will look at how you can use the information from Session 1 and Session 2 to complete The Iceberg and identify strategies which might help.

Attendance at both sessions is necessary please. This is a a strategy for supporting children, young people and young adults.




Thriving Families Catch Up with Karen Kelbie, Family Support Worker 
Friday 1st October 2021 10am to 11am. Via Zoom 

Book here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/168796104693
Thriving Families aims to improve the lives of families in Highland by helping to build confidence and empower them to know their rights.



Managing in an Emergency with Linda Birnie 
Tuesday 5th October 2021 2pm to 4pm. Via Zoom 
Book here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/168820808583


Managing in an Emergency with Linda Birnie
Review of first aid theory to help keep self and others safe in an emergency. Includes situations that commonly affect children and adults.


Feeling More Confident. Session for Carers with Linda Birnie 
Tuesday 12th October 2021 6.30pm to 8pm. Via Zoom
Book here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/168822678175


Feeling more confident. Session for Carers with Linda Birnie
What does confidence mean to me? How can I feel more confident? Planning the steps to more confidence.


If you are unsure if an activity is suitable for you please check with your GP or other healthcare practitioner. 

We welcome feedback on training events and further ideas for consideration.

Please get in touch if you need help to book on to an event or to get on to Zoom.

We do hope you will find something in the programme that will be of benefit to you. 

Contact us on the Carer Support Line: 01463 723560 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Or via events@connectingcarers.org.uk


Further information for Carers 

The Pines 

This is information from The Pines for you to view if of interest. This is a film that explains how having a neurodevelopmentally different brain can impact behavior and social understanding:
https://www.thepineshighland.com/parenting-a-child

These are the upcoming sessions at The Pines available to book:

https://www.thepineshighland.com/upcoming-events

Remember that you can contact either Thriving Families or the National Autism Society  Scotland  for specific advice.  These are the Pines support services:
https://www.thepineshighland.com/information-services



Technology Talk. Event by Alzheimer Scotland, Ross-shire, online event.
Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 14.00

A chance to come and meet Katie and Rachel from their digital team to find out more about technology and how it can be used to help people living with Dementia. To join this session please directly contact Karen on karenblack@alzscot.org 


Parkinson's UK Carers Group
Meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at 10am.  Group currently meets on Zoom.  For more information contact Cathy Orr on 0344 225 9831 or corr@parkinsons.org.uk
 
Parkinson’s UK website – www.parkinsons.org.uk
 
Parkinson’s UK Helpline – 0808 800 0303


Connecting Carers support groups, including a general group for all Carers, one with a mental health focus, and "Weens to Teens" for Carers of under 18 year olds.  Contact us on the Carer Support Line: 01463 723560 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm to find out more and joining information for the relevant group or groups.