Free Training Opportunities For Carers

Compass Carers free training programme

Compass Carers has designed a number of courses to provide unpaid carers across Somerset with the skills and knowledge to help them manage their caring role.  They are being held at venues across the county and are open to anyone who is caring for a family member, friend or neighbour and is interested in gaining more information and build their confidence.  For more information about the courses available to support you in your caring role, please telephone Compass Carers on 01823 255911.

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In addition the following courses are available free for carers:

Transitions Training Session


Previously a Andrew Carrigan, a solicitor with Ashfords LLP, has attended Carers' Groups across Somerset to provide practical training on the subject of Lasting Powers of Attorney.

There will still be opportunities to attend the course on LPAs, but this year we are adding a new course called 'Transitions'.

 Transitions will focus on two main topics:

From 'Your Home' to 'A Home'

The issues to consider when care needs move beyond the level that can be met in your own home.

Confirmed Dates:

Date: 25th July, 10am -12pm
Venue: Burnham on Sea
Date: 31st August, 10am - 12pm
Venue: Bridgwater CSG
Date: 4th September, 10:30am - 12pm
Venue: Wells CSG

The seminars will be interactive and Andrew welcomes questions during and after the training.

If you would like to attend the Transitions course please contact Debbie Ovenden or Shannon Tarr at Compass Carers on 01823 255911 or e mail or

They are starting in May at the Bruton Carers Support group, then will be held at other Carer Support Group meetings across the county in the coming year.

Everyday First Aid

This is a session delivered by the Red Cross which focuses on 'everyday first aid'. This includes dealing with an emergency, seizures, mild burns, cuts, broken bones, choking, heart attacks, strokes, and recognising a diabetic emergency. These sessions will be delivered through Carer Support Groups across the county.
Date: 29th of June, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Venue: Sumervale Surgery, Canal Way, Ilminster, TA19 9FE
Date: 11th of October, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Venue: The Pavilion, Stoke Road, Martock, TA12 6AF

First Aid for Carers

These modules are run by the Red Cross and focus on the type of first aid that carers might encounter.

Caring for those who have had a Heart Attack or Stroke

including: Heart Attack, Strokes, Bleeding, Unresponsibe Breathing & Unresponsive not Breathing

Date: 12th September 2017, 10am-12:30pm
Venue: Frome Medical Centre, Enos Way, Frome, BA11 2FH

Caring for those with Dementia & Parkinson's

Including: Burns, Bleeding, Head Injuries, Broken Bones, Choking & Unresponsive Breathing

Date: 19th September 2017, 10am-12:30pm
Venue: Frome Medical Centre, Enos Way, Frome, BA11 2FH

Caring for an Older Person (Trips and Falls)

Including: Broken Bones, Head Injuries, Bleeding, Choking & Unresponsive Breathing

Date: 26th September 2017, 10am-12:30pm
Venue: Frome Medical Centre, Enos Way, Frome, BA11 2FH


AGE UK - Computer Training Courses


Age UK are offering a six session computer training course for £12 per person. Please find the details here.

For more information on this course please contact Age uk on 01823 345610.

Alzheimer's Society - CrISP Course


The CrISP 1 programme provides an opportunity to talk in a friendly and confidential environment about experiences of caring and supporting the person with dementia and the impact it is having. 

The workshops aim to provide carers with information and support. It will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding Dementia
  • Legal and money matters
  • Providing support and care
  • Coping day to day and next steps
For more information on upcoming courses please click here

St Margaret's Hospice, Taunton - Friends and Family Support Courses

Are you the carers or family members of St Margaret's patients, who can often feel unprepared for the challenges facing them. The course is designed to help carers feel more confident by means of talks, discussions and demonstrations.

The courses are run twice a year at St Margaret's in Taunton and are delivered over 6 sessions, covering topics such as;

- What can the hospice offer you as a carer?
- Lymphodema and looking after yourself
- Carer support in the home
- Hospital and hospice - What to expect
- Diet advice
- Safer Handling

The courses are being run throughout the Summer and Autumn of 2016 and you can choose which ones are relevant and convenient for you.

For contact information and course dates please click here.

Training from the Somerset Partnership Somerset Carers Network Website 

Diabetes Awareness Training 
this training session is focusing on the following topic areas:
  • your understanding of diabetes
  • potential treatment pathways
  • how to treat symptomatic patient, hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia
  • impact of other health conditions and your diet

Postural Management Passive Movement Training
this training session is focusing on the following topic areas:
  • Introduction to Postural Management and Passive Movement
  • Awareness of basic anatomy and physiology
  • Understanding the normal ranges of movement and causes of reduction in movement
  • Theory of passive movement
  • 24 hour postural Management

For further information on other courses that are provided from Somerset Partnership, please follow the link below.









Ammerdown Centre - days designed for those who care for others in all situations. A day where carers can be nurtured and refreshed within peaceful surroundings. 

Any questions about any of these events, please call 01749 836633 / 07919 211361or check the Somerset Carers Network website on