Online learning for carers: Our next steps

What do you want to learn? Share with us your ideas & suggestions

Here at Carers Trust Solihull, we are always striving to support and guide our carers as much as possible. No matter how far you are into your caring journey, we know there is always something new you can learn to better help you become a more confident carer, as well as to better look after yourself. 

We offer in person and online training sessions, support groups, respite activities, befriending and so much more. However, we know that carers are often very busy or unable to leave the person they care for, which makes it difficult to attend our sessions.

We are trying to change that. 

We don’t want any of our carers missing out on vital support, help or guidance. That is why we would like to create resources and training sessions online that your can access at a time that is more suitable for you. At the end of this blog we will be asking for you feedback and ideas for the kind of learning and guides you would like to see in the future. We would really appreciate if you could give us your ideas.

We have been working hard behind the scenes to create content that you have 24/7 access to. Our social media feeds update daily with what we’ve been up to, what’s to come in the future and how we are here to support the unpaid carers of Solihull. We encourage all our carers to follow us and share the information found there, to better reach other carers not receiving our support. 

Some of you may be aware of Carers Talk, our podcast that launched last year, where we share advice and carers’ stories every month. This too has been designed to give you a varied and diverse range of knowledge and advice, so you can see a caring journey from the perspective of others. 

You can find audio episodes below, or with closed captions  on our YouTube and Spotify channels.

Use our podcast player to listen to our episodes for free! 

We know you will find something helpful. 

In addition to this content, we have also started to share our e-learning content. You can find this by clicking here, or using the menu at the top of the page: Carer Support -> E-Learning. 

So far, we have specialised training to help you understand the importance of a contingency plan, and how to create your own. We have received positive feedback for this online training but we want to do more and to the highest quality possible!

We have lots of ideas for upcoming guides and e-learning, these will be rolling out over the coming weeks and months. However, this is where we need your help. 

What kind of content would you like to see? What problems do you have? What questions or worries do you have about your caring role? Do you have gaps in your knowledge but don’t know how to find the information you’re looking for? For example, do you have a carers card and do you know the benefits of having one? Are you waiting for your carers assessment and worried about the type of things you’ll be asked? Or would you like to know specific information or receive training dedicated to your carer age group? 

We want to hear from you! What is it that is important to you and what do you want to know or need to know, so you can be a more confident carer? 

No idea is too small or too big, so share them all with us using the form below. 

Thank you!

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