Events and Training

Events at Connecting Carers 2020

Free Art Workshops with Gael Hillyard

  • Thu 8th Oct 2-3.30pm Introduction to Acrylic Painting
  • Mon 19th Oct 2-3.30pm Introduction to Digital Editing
  • Thu 22nd Oct 2.30pm Painting Landscapes
  • Thu 29th Oct 2-3.30pm Drawing Landscapes
  • Mon 2nd Nov 2-3.30pm Introduction to Eco Printing
  • Thu 12th Nov 2-3.30pm Introduction to Modern Calligraphy
  • Mon 23rd Nov 2-3.30pm Make your Own Gift Wrap
  • Tue 1st Dec 2-3.30pm Make Your Own Christma Decorations
  • Thu 3rd Dec 2-3.30pm Make Your Own Christmas Wreath

There will be kits provided with each session apart from Wet Felting. Eventbrite will ask for your address upon sign up for all sessions apart from Wet Felting. Please note if you sign up less than a week before each workshop is due to take place a kit may not arrive in time. All sessions can be booked at with all sessions being held via zoom. 

Free Mental Wellbeing Series with Linda from Thinking Space

  • Tue 6th Oct Mental Wellbeing Awareness 2-3.30pm : Covers Mental Health vs Mental Wellness, 5 Ways to Wellbeing, Wellbeing Toolbox
  • Tue 13th Oct Practical Mindfulness 2-3.30pm: Covers Mindfulness theory and range of practical ideas to bring more mindfulness into your day to day life.
  • Monday 19th Oct Communicating with Ourselves and Others 2-3.30pm: Covers Use of language, perceptual positions, VAKOG (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, olfactory, and gustatory), communication preferences, and how these can help. Active listening to help us get what we want and need, and to support others.
  • Tue 27th Oct Building my Resilience 2-3.30pm: Covers Kolb learning cycle, Range of ideas to develop an understanding of resilience, and how we can benefit from developing this. Sometimes we need external help, and where we can access this.
  • Tue 3rd Nov Looking After My Body, Looking After My Mind 2-3.30pm: Covers Mind and body are part of the same system, what affects one affects the other. Steps we can take to support ourselves. Awareness of impact of caffeine and alcohol on ourselves.
  • Tue 10th Nov: Rest, Relaxation and Sleep 2-3.30pm: Covers EFT (emotional freedom technique), developing strategies to get rest and a good nights sleep.
  • Tue 17th Nov Getting into a Resourceful State 2-3.30pm: Covers Strategies for getting into and maintaining resourceful states, Ideas for anchoring positive states, Self coaching techniques, relevant NLP presuppositions.
  • Tue 24th Nov Managing My Feelings and Emotions 2.30pm: Covers Drama triangle, accepting your feelings, relevant “decider skills”, interrupting difficult situations, maintaining positive states
  • Monday 7th December: Laughter Blaster 2-3.30pm: Covers Laughter yoga techniques and relaxation. 

All sessions can be booked at with all sessions being held via zoom. 

Free: Power of Attorney & Guardianship with Harper Macleod Wednesday 18th November 3-4pm
Come along and Join us for this free information session on Power of Attorney and Guardianship with Julie Doncaster a very experienced solicitor from Harper Macleod LLP. This session will take place on Zoom and can be booked at

Free: Power of Attorney & Guardianship with Eve Cooper from Innes and Mackay Tuesday 1st December 10.30-11.30am
Come along and Join us for this free information session on Power of Attorney and Guardianship with Eve Cooper from Innes and Mackay. This session will take place on Zoom and can be booked at

Free: Introduction to Watercolour Painting with Izzy Thompson Wed 25th Nov 1.30-3pm
Come along and Join us for this Introduction to Watercolour Painting Workshop held on Zoom - there will be a free kit provided for this session for all participants. This session can be booked at

Love Autism Workshops: Starting October 12th

If you're an unpaid carer in the Highland caring for a loved one who has Autism please come along and join us in these workshops with the Professionals at Love Autism. These workshops will take place on Zoom due to Covid19. All workshops are provided for free to unpaid carers in the Highlands.

Monday 12th October Sensory Difficulties

Monday 19th October Distressed Behaviour, Meltdowns and Shutdowns

Monday 26th October Confidence, Self Esteem and Resilience

Monday 9th November Emotional Development and Understanding

Monday 16th November Pathological Demand Avoidance

Wednesday 18th November Coping with Anxiety

Thursday 19th November Coping with Christmas

Mindfulness Workshops with Huda Donald: Starting Thursday October 22nd 7.30-8.30pm running for 8 weeks

Huda is an experienced mindfulness practitioner and Msc Mindfulness studies student with Aberdeen University. She has been practising mindfulness for the last eight years and started teaching two years ago. Due to Covid19 all sessions will take place on Zoom.

Session 1: How to breath mindfully, the unmindful mind, what it is and how to combat it, the butterfly mind, and the difference between thoughts and thinking.

Session 2: Body scan, walking and sitting meditation

Session 3: How to enhance awareness in everyday activities

Session 4: Compassion to oneself and others

Session 5: Literature to read and mindful resources

Session 6: A session on art therapy with a qualified art therapist

Session 7: A session of yoga

Session 8: Recap session



Events and Training Outwith Connecting Carers

Highland Hospice: Last Aid - 30th October, 11th November or 27th November

Last Aid is a simple course delivered on the Zoom platform. Last Aid aims to create awareness and discussion on topics related to Death and Dying. It is an interactive course, with 2 instructors and up to 20 participants. The instructors will aim to give practical tips on how you can provide comfort to someone who is dying, and what you can do to plan for your own and your family's future.

The topics discussed are delivered in 4 sections:

  1. Dying as a normal part of life
  2. Planning Ahead
  3. Relieving Suffering
  4. Final Goodbyes

Opportunity is provided for participants to get involved with the discussions.

This course is provided free of charge and is open to anyone over the age of 16 with an interest in the topic.

Feedback from previous participants:

This topic was most interesting for me:

  • “death plan/funeral plan, recognition that end of life care can be difficult and stressful”
  • “Normalising death can only be a positive and increasing the awareness around final stages of life”

I have gained confidence with:

  • “those in the last stages of life, and more importantly, those attempting to come to terms with relative in the last stages of life”
  • “broaching the subject of death and dying”
  • “end of life care, supporting colleagues, friends and families. Also got me thinking about my own personal circumstances”
  • “what I need to do for myself and my family"

To book please go to
Social Stories with the Highland Council
The goal of a social story is to share accurate information clearly and safely. It focuses on the underlying causes of frustration or misinformation that children feel due to them understanding the world in a different way to us. It should identify the cause of the misunderstanding and give information to the child in a much simpler and more visual way. The goal of a social story is NOT to change the child’s behaviour. It is to help the child understand the situation better and this often then leads to an improvement in behaviour.
The Highland Council are running free sessions for Parent Carers online on Microsoft Teams.
There is a training film available from Highland Council professionals which you MUST watch in your own time via this link
Once you have watched this film, they would then like to invite you to attend a Social Story Writing Workshop to look at your child’s individual needs and how you would put a story together. Please have with you a written draft of a social story or more than one story. They will go over these with you and help you to tweak them as necessary. Please email to book your place. Numbers will be limited to 10 people per session
3rd November 2020 1300 – 1430 Parent/Carers Only

Money Advice Scotland
Date Session Delivery Method Booking Form Closing Date
Thursday 8th October Financial Independence Webinar via Zoom Click Here Wednesday 7th October
Wednesday 21st October Money Works – Borrowing Webinar via Zoom Click Here Tuesday 20th October
Thursday 22nd October Financial Wellbeing – An Introduction to Credit Webinar Zoom Click Here Wednesday 21st October