Free courses for carers

At the WEA, we recognise the importance of unpaid carers. We understand that it's important for you to take time out for self-care. This is especially true if you are caring for children with special needs or a family member with disabilities.  

Taking care of yourself helps you to provide support for your loved ones. So it's important to remember to make time for your own wellbeing while balancing your caregiving responsibilities. 

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Designed to fit around your care responsibilities

We have designed our courses for carers to fit in with your needs. They are all online, so there is no need to travel, and our tutors understand that sometimes you need to take a break from your responsibilities. 

All our courses for carers (or those who have previously been carers) are completely free. You do not need to receive a carer's allowance. If you are unsure if you qualify, call our friendly learner services team on 0300 303 3464 and they can help. 

Find time for your interests

We want our courses to help you make time for yourself and explore your own interests. Our courses include: 

  • health and wellbeing for carers to help you manage your own health and stress 
  • virtual visits to stately homes, so you can visit wonderful places around the UK from the comfort of your living room.   

You can pick and mix these courses; we want you to enjoy as many as possible. Add any courses you are interested in attending to the basket and you’ll only need to book once. 

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Care 2: Make a Slow Cooked Meal in One Pot

We will be preparing, in real time, a one pot complete meal in the slow cooker which is healthy and budget friendly. The recipe will be adaptable to suit most dietary needs and freezable so you can make enough for another day as well. You will be able to cook along with me, if you would like to, asking questions as we go. The recipe will be on the Canvas page for the course, so you will be able to go shopping beforehand. If you have attended a course with me before, i shall be making something new.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 20/05/2024 -
Mon 20/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Wilcock
Course code:
Q00015069
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Care 2: Visit Hebden Bridge and Hardcastle Craggs

A virtual visit to a small Mill Town in West Yorkshire, and the nearby historic woods. Join me for a virtual visit to a Hebden Bridge a small Mill Town in West Yorkshire, and the nearby Hardcastle Craggs, now woodland with a historical past of its own. This course is for carers who are caring or have cared for people. Take some time for yourself and discover the history around this area of the UK. You will have chance to contribute and ask the tutor questions, while enjoying friendly discussion with new people. Come along and join the tour, all from the comfort of your own home!

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 30/05/2024 -
Thu 30/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Wilcock
Course code:
Q00015076
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Care to Find Out About What Lies Beneath - A History of Ladies Underwear

This course is for Carers, former carers and the cared for, join me for a light hearted look to find out about what actors are wearing underneath in historical dramas on television and on film.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00012219
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Care 2 Make a Nice Cup of Tea – The History of Tea and Tea Drinking

A course for carers, former carers and the cared for. Join me to find out about history of tea and tea drinking, we'll find out where we got our love of tea and the traditions that surround it. Tea has helped to shape our social traditions , support the rise of the British Empire and contributed to the mighty momentum of the industrial revolution

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 06/06/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00014600
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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For just £15 a year, you can:

  • Join our popular, award-winning weekly lecture series,
  • Access an archive of over 100 past lectures,
  • Get priority online and phone booking for autumn courses (England only),
  • Receive our Highway magazine and access back issues,
  • Attend our members’ annual conference.

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
WEA Membership

Care 2 Visit Avebury Manor, Wiltshire

A course for carers, former carers and the cared for. Join me in the comfort of your own home to find out about Avebury Manor and Garden. In 2011, Avebury Manor was the subject of the BBC One television series The Manor Reborn, find out how the house was refurbished by a group of experts in collaboration with the National Trust.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 12/06/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00012217
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available

Care 2 Find Out About Emotional Freedom Technique

Are you stuck in a rut, suffering from pain or just generally feeling out of kilter? This may just be the course for you. During this introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques, we will touch on the fascinating worldwide used therapy that is easy to learn and incredibly effective. Learn the basics of emotional freedom technique that follows on to a more comprehensive course as a progression route.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 12/06/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Georgia Daniel
Course code:
Q00014608
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available

Care 2 Visit Motecute House, Somerset

A course for carers, former carers and the cared for. Join me to find out about Montecute House in Somerset. Together, we will virtually explore this historic building and the fascinating story behind it. This course is ideal for those who want to spend time learning something new from the comfort of their own home.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 19/06/2024 -
Wed 19/06/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00014601
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available

Care 2: Try Seated Yoga

Would you like to keep fitter and become more flexible in the comfort of your own home? Join me in this relaxed and friendly seated yoga class that combines Pilates and yoga together, designed for all skill levels, ages and abilities. The benefits of this class include relief from back pain, reduction in stress and improved sleeping patterns. Did you know that regular yoga practice can support healing even if you are recovering from an illness?

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 19/06/2024 -
Wed 19/06/2024
Times:
11:30am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Georgia Daniel
Course code:
Q00014613
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available

Care 2: Try Relaxation for Health and Wellbeing

Leading a busy life leaves little room for calm and relaxation. This can make it hard for us to wind down and enjoy the present. But finding these moments of calm is essential for our emotional well-being and mental health. If you would like to learn relaxation techniques to help you relieve stress or would like to develop your relaxation practice, this course may be ideal for you. This is a practice - based course. The course will help you to gain comfort in your body through body awareness practices. You will also learn simple, calming breathing techniques. This course will introduce you to gentle, mindful movement to ease tension. All sessions will end with a guided Yoga Nidra practice and soothing visualisation that encourages deep rest of mind and body and promotes restful sleep.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 19/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Nicola Bailey
Course code:
Q00015011
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Care 2: Try Reflexology for Pain Management

This is one of my favourite subjects to deliver as I have had the fortune to not only train many individuals in this fascinating self-help tool but have also experience first-hand the benefits of this extraordinary therapy. Learn the secrets of your hands through learning the application of self-reflexology whereby you can access virtually any part of your body. Delivered by a qualified teacher and trainer you will discover how you can enhance your own health and well-being in the comfort of your own home. This will lead on to a more comprehensive course.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 26/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
11:30am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Georgia Daniel
Course code:
Q00014611
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available