Carer events Jul-Sep 2017

Please find attached information about free learning events for carers.

Voice of Carers Across Lothian have a range of courses and seminars that promote good health and wellbeing for carers like Anxiety Management, Dealing with Guilt, Stress Management, Connection, Choice and Change and Anger Management.

Evaluation has proven that carers feel more confident, have increased understanding, are better able to cope with their caring role and are able to care in a way that is safe and effective for both carers and the person they support.

VOCAL’s courses and seminars give carers the opportunity to hear from experts, ask questions a chance to chat and discuss the training session.  They can provide assistance with carer’s costs for transport and care if necessary. Please review the enclosed PDF document or visit  or  if you would like hard copies of this document please call us on 0131 622 6666.

Carer events calendar_Jul-Sep 2017



Stressed out?

Stressed out? Fed up? Trying to think of things to do with your disabled child at the weekend?

We have just the thing for you….

Friday 29th September at 7 pm in St Columba’s Church, Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW. We are inviting parents from Braidburn, St Crispin’s and Oakland’s schools to come and join our evening exploring what is out there for our children?

We are inviting a couple of speakers, from local services, to talk about what is available for disabled children in and around Lothian. We will also have a suggestions board to share ideas about what activities have worked for you. We want to hear: why was the activity good for your disabled child, was it adaptable, good changing facilities, staff that can communicate, sign, understanding of behavioural difficulties etc.. This will then be created into a resource and shared via our Parent Councils.

We also know that as parents, we do not get many opportunities to share experiences and to hopefully relax and have some fun…so there will be nibbles, soft drinks, a quiz and you can bring wine (if you wish).

The event is free. If you are interested and wish to reserve a place can you please respond to your parent council representative below by Monday 26th June 2017.

We look forward to seeing you there!

St Crispin’s – Sarah Kyambi –

Oaklands – Elaine Weir –

Braidburn – Leigh Ferrand –

Bus Song Signifier

Our latest Song Signifier Video is now available in the section:


This song signifier can be song when someone is going out on a trip – to the shops, to the library, to the beach etc. It can be sung to help the individual get on the bus (or the car – see below) (i.e. reassure them that they ARE going somewhere) and then, if needed, once on the bus, a second song signifier can be sung to help them understand where they are going (e.g. you might follow up with the “Swimming” song signifier).

If they are travelling by car, you could substitute “on the bus” with “in the car”, and sign car, instead of bus.

Special School, City of Edinburgh Council.