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Carer Development Programme - Online Learning

We would like to invite you to join one of our workshop sessions online and hope that you will enjoy meeting and connecting with other tide carer members as well as taking part in activities where you will learn more about tide and have the opportunity to expand your own skills and knowledge.  We are pleased to introduce 2 new sessions this time. All are free to join, email to book Introduction to tide Dates & Times: Monday 5th October  11am -12pm, Tuesday 20th October 11am – 12pm. You will be given an overview of tide’s work, purpose and the variety of opportunities available to become more involved with the network. You will learn about the history, mission, and background of tide, meet our team and see and hear from carer members across the UK and find out more about what they have done with tide.

You can’t pour from an empty cup Dates & Times:  Monday 12th October 1.30pm – 2.30pm, Tuesday 27th October 11am -12pm. You will be looking at your own emotional wellbeing and how to look after it both throughout any involvement with tide and beyond. Talking about our own experiences or what is happening in our own lives is an extremely emotive process and this workshop aims to help understand the triggers and will give you key practical tools to use both throughout any activities with tide and in every day life.
Getting Your Point Across – Ask, Negotiate, Advocate Dates & Times: Wednesday 14th October, 7pm – 8pm, Thursday 22nd October 1.30pm -2.30pm We often hear from carers that they feel that they have to fight and battle for everything and in a system that is stretched and where resources are limited this will more than likely continue to be the case. As carers you will be involved in phone calls and meetings with a variety of different professionals where you will have to advocate on behalf of yourself or the person you care for in order to try and get the support, help and services you need. When you are in these types of situations it can be very overwhelming, the conversations can be very emotional and there can be anger, sadness and frustration which can become barriers to being heard. We will take you through some strategies and give you some hints and tips from our toolbox to help you be prepared for these conversations, help you get your point across effectively and ensure that you have an equal seat at the table. What we are going to talk about:
  • Phone Call or Meeting Toolbox
  • Tips for Negotiating Effectively
  • Safe, Constructive ways to Question
  • Your Right to be Involved, Participate and Feedback
  • Complaining Effectively

Living Grief and Bereavement Tuesday 13th October 11am – 12pm, Thursday 29th October, 1.30pm -2.30pm Feelings and behaviours of grief and bereavement are very much permitted and accepted in society when there is loss of life. The common assumption is that they only occur when there has been a death. When caring for someone with Dementia you can experience feelings of grief and bereavement when the person is still living. When someone is still living you are told “Be Strong” or “At Least” and encouraged to supress these feelings as an action of bravery, strength or staying positive. There is little awareness, acknowledgement or understanding about feelings of grief and bereavement when a person is still living – but when you care for someone with dementia, loss does not just mean loss of life...  What we are going to talk about: 
  • Trigger points and different circumstances where you may feel feelings of grief and bereavement
  • Unspoken thoughts and feelings
  • Advice from other carers who have experienced this
  • Hints and tips in supporting you with these feelings

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