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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 you 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.Our training page lists training provided by Carers in Bedfordshire, NHS ELFT: Recovery College and FutureLearn.

Read more about the Recovery College here.

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 you 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.Our training page lists training provided by Carers in Bedfordshire, NHS ELFT: Recovery College and FutureLearn.

Read more about the Recovery College here.

Adapting to Caring

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

5 October
Understanding Benefits – Universal Credits
Bedford: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

Tuesday 14 November, 1.00-3.00pm
Meet the Team - Biggleswade
Our Biggleswade team will be available to talk, with displays showing our services. 
Sea Cadets HQ, Station Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8AL
Fee: Free - donation welcome
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Tuesday 5 December, 2pm - 4pm
Meet the Team
Our Bedford team will be available to talk, with displays showing our services.
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free - donation welcome
Contact:Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Caring Safely

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

25 September
First Aid for Adults
FutureLearn 

 Monday 2 October, 1pm - 3pm
5 Ways to Wellbeing
Understand the importance of emotional wellbeing and learn the practical steps you can take to boost feelings of wellbeing.
"It was very educational, I learnt a lot, gave a lot of ideas."  "It made me realise that I'm actually doing better than I thought - I used to think that 'I must do better'."
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free - donation welcome
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

2 October
Food as Medicine: Talking about Weight
FutureLearn

2 October
Medicines Adherence: Understanding and Changing Patient Behaviour
FutureLearn

2 October
Understanding Insulin
FutureLearn

9 October
Food as Medicine: Food and Inflammation
FutureLearn

11 October, 10.30am-12.30pm
Medication Management 
Sea Cadets HQ, Station Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8AL
Fee: Free - donation welcome
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

17 October, 1.30-3.00pm
Talk about Nutrition
Sea Cadets HQ, Station Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8AL
Fee: Free - donation welcome
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

23 October
Food as Medicine
FutureLearn

Tuesday 24 October, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Understanding Stress 
Looks at how to recognise stress and the strategies that help to reduce stress. 
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford 
Fee: Free - donation welcome 
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

30 October
Nutrition and Wellbeing
FutureLearn

6 November, 1.00-3.00pm
Understanding Stress 
Looks at how to recognise stress and the strategies that help to reduce stress.
Sea Cadets HQ, Station Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8AL
Fee: Free - donation welcome
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

6 November
Strategies for Successful Ageing
FutureLearn

13 November
Food as Medicine: Food, Exercise and the Gut
FutureLearn

14 November
Healthy Lifestyle? Find out more
Luton: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

20 November
Resilience: Building Skills to Thrive
FutureLearn

 

Understanding Conditions

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

Mental Health Conditions
NHS Recovery College
For a copy of their brochure, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or ring 01234 316 708

Support4Memory Workshops
Bedford area
Contact Tibbs Dementia Foundation on 07795 177 948

22 September, 10am-1pm 
Autism & Behaviour  
Dunstable Fire Station 
Fee: Free - donation welcome
Contact: Sarah Johnson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231208

25 September, 7pm-9pm 
Bipolar Disorder  
Arden House, Leighton Buzzard 
Fee: Free - donation welcome
Contact: Sarah Johnson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231208

25 September
The Diabetes Epidemic:  A Patient-Centred Approach
FutureLearn

25 September
Youth Mental Health: Helping Young People with Anxiety
FutureLearn

25 September
Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia
FutureLearn

28 September
Understanding Voices
Dunstable: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

29 September
Surviving Trauma
Biggleswade: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

2 October
Good Brain, Bad Brain: Drug Origins
FutureLearn

4 October
Understanding Voices
Sandy: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

4 October
HIV Awareness
Bedford: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

9 October
Caring for people with Psychosis and Schizophrenia
FutureLearn

9 October
End-of-Life care for people with dementia
FutureLearn

11 October
HIV Awareness
Dunstable: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

11 October
Understanding Autism
Luton: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

12 October
Understanding Psychosis
Bedford: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

12 October, 1-3pm 
Stroke Awareness
Arden House, Leighton Buzzard 
Fee: Free - donation welcome
Contact: Sarah Johnson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231208

13 October
Surviving Trauma
Biggleswade: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

16 October
Psychology and Mental Health: Beyond Nature and Nuture
FutureLearn

18 October
Introduction to Recovery
Dunstable: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

30 October
Understanding Psychosis
Leighton Buzzard: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

30 October
Falling Down: Problematic Substance use in Later Life
FutureLearn

30 October
SMART-ASD: Matching Autistic People with Technology Resources
FutureLearn

31 October
Introduction to Recovery
Bedford: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

1 November
Understanding Voices
Bedford: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

6 November
Creating Moments of Joy for People with Dementia
FutureLearn

6 November
Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well
FutureLearn

6 November
Understanding Depression and Low Mood in Young People
FutureLearn

7 November
Managing Anxiety
Bedford: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

7 November
Gambling Addiction Awareness & Information
Bedford: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

8 November
Understanding Autism
Bedford: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

8 November
HIV Awareness
Bedford: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

9 November
Alcohol & Drugs Awareness
Dunstable: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

10 November
Surviving Trauma
Biggleswade: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

10 November
Understanding Voices
Bedford: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

13 November
Liver Transplant: The Ins and Outs
FutureLearn

14 November
Introduction to Recovery
Leighton Buzzard: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

16 November
Being Me: Identity after Eating Disorder
Flitwick: NHS Recovery College
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17 November
Understanding Voices
Flitwick: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

1 December
Understanding Autism
Dunstable: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

6 December
Sexual Health Awareness
Bedford: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

8 December
Surviving Trauma
Biggleswade: NHS Recovery College
To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01234 316 708

Wellbeing

1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, 45min appointment
1-to-1 Smartphone/Tablet/Laptop training
For anyone wanting to learn new skills or to upgrade their current skills.
Arden House, Leighton Buzzard
Fee: Free - donation welcome
Contact: Sarah Johnson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231208

The 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10.30am-1.30pm
Relaxation
Trainer - Victoria Harley
Sea Cadet HQ, Biggleswade
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01767 315079

Thursday 28th September, 5th, 12th, 19th October, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd November, 10.30am-12.30pm
Art Group
Learn new techniques and discover your hidden talents.
Biggleswade Sea Cadets HQ, Station Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8AL
Fee: £40 per 8 week course; £6 per session
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Friday 8, 15, 22, 29 September, 6, 13 & 20 October, 3 November, 10.30pm-12.30pm
Mix Media (Art)
Take time out to be absorbed in drawing and art.  Learn new techniques and discover your hidden talents.
"I have really enjoyed attending the Art course and it has helped me to relax and have an outside interest away from my caring role."  
"Anne is a wonderful teacher who fills me with inspiration.
"
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: £35 per course; £6 per session
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Monday 2 October, 1pm - 3pm
5 Ways to Wellbeing
Understand the importance of emotional wellbeing and learn the practical steps you can take to boost feelings of wellbeing.
"It was very educational, I learnt a lot, gave a lot of ideas."  "It made me realise that I'm actually doing better than I thought - I used to think that 'I must do better'."
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free - donation welcome
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

2 October
Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
FutureLearn

16 October
Getting Started with Online Learning
FutureLearn

30 October
Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing
FutureLearn

Monday 13, 20, 27 November, 12.00pm-1.00pm
Wellness (with Dawn Sunrise)
Learn techniques which help you relax and feel calmer.
"Very beneficial in helping relaxation and informative on different ways to achieve this."
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: £15 per course; £6 per session
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

13 November
Maintaining a Mindful Life
FutureLearn

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