About our courses

Everything you need to know

Thank you so much. Your course was actually life-changing!

We believe our courses are unique. You are valuable and important, and we know that it is easy to feel overwhelmed and neglect yourself as you care for someone with dementia. We are here to help and would love to encourage you to take the courageous step of booking onto one of our courses. Someone recently told us that coming on our three-day course was a “life-line” that she desperately needed, just as she was starting to feel that she was “sinking in despair”.

Please read the information below that tells you what our courses are all about, and if you would like more information please get in touch. We’re a small team working as sustainably as possible and may not be able to answer your call straight away, please leave us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Before I went on the course, I felt like I was drowning in a sea of treacle….now I feel completely different….better able to cope….I definitely do…I needed life skills to make it through each day.

We are often told by the people that come on our courses that they feel guilty if they consider their own needs, as they think the person with dementia needs all the attention and care. However, we want you to know that caring for yourself is not selfish or a ‘waste of time’. It’s absolutely necessary, for two reasons:

You will care better if you take time to recharge your batteries and build your resilience.

You are a person too and worthy of care, respect and compassion. 

We run a variety of courses to ensure that people in different situations are catered for. We have a mixture of men and women attending our courses and people of all ages which works well. We understand that sometimes it is difficult to get a diagnosis for someone with dementia and we recognise that you still need support. Therefore, the person you are caring for does not need to have been given a diagnosis of dementia to enable you to attend.

Three-day Courses

Our courses are designed and run by healthcare professionals who are experts in their fields. We cover topics that will be beneficial to you for your hands-on caring role and psychological well-being. On our three-day courses you will build your knowledge about dementia in a way that will captivate your attention and we will provide practical advice and guidance. Our sessions are designed to help you find new ways to build your resilience so you can survive and grow through the most challenging of times.
During the three days, you will be provided with an invaluable opportunity to spend time with experienced and approachable professionals, to really learn, and to get the information and advice you need for your own unique situation. We ensure there is plenty of time given for you to talk to others in similar situations, so you have opportunities to unburden yourself, form new friendships, reflect and relax.

Right now, you may be feeling a variety of different emotions. Maybe you feel sad, frightened, angry, anxious, irritable, hopeful, hopeless, frustrated, strong, invincible, calm or numb. We want you to know that however you feel, you will be accepted and not judged. People on our courses often tell us that they feel isolated before attending, but we know that on our three-day you’ll get the opportunity to form new relationships and be surrounded by other people who ‘get it’. As you get to know other people on the course, we hope you will feel a sense of connection and belonging as you quickly find that others understand and you can speak openly and honestly about how you feel. We often have tears on our courses, but we also have lots of laughter. You can also ask questions and hopefully get lots of information that will help you to understand a bit more about what is going on, and what might help.

I came on this carers course with an open mind and no expectations…I arrived knowing no one and mentally struggling a wee bit but have left having learnt so much and with bonds that will be lifelong. This is all thanks to the work of Dementia Carers Count…who provide hope, direction and empowerment for those who need it. And they damn well delivered; thank you so much.

One-day Courses

Our ‘Caring about…’   one-day courses cover specialised subjects in greater depth. Including the topics: eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, feeling secure in relationships, communicating with someone with dementia and sudden or extreme confusion. These courses run from 10.00 am until 4.30 pm and are designed and delivered by expert healthcare professionals who have experience of supporting people with dementia and their families. We allow plenty of time to find out lots more about the topic and discuss your experiences and the learning with the other people on the course.

We know not everyone loves a ‘classroom’ environment, so if this is you, please do not let that put you off. We understand that the people who come on our courses come to find answers and solutions. We also appreciate that you have limited time and lots of priorities so we will respect that and aim to ensure you get the maximum benefit from attending.

We want everyone to have access to support when they need it most so we are not charging for our courses. It costs the charity £495 per person to deliver our three-day course, including food and accommodation. It costs £153 per person to deliver our one-day course, including lunch. Therefore, we invite course participants (or their employers) to donate to the charity on completion of the course, if they are able to. All donations, big or small, make such a difference.

You can donate using the donate button at the top right corner of this web page or on the course via card payment.

In the interests of safety, and in accordance with the most recent government guidance, we have decided to temporarily suspend the delivery of our face-to-face courses. We aim to return to deliver these courses when it is safe to do so, and we will continue to ensure that all people affected by cancellations have the chance to attend an alternative date in the future. We are grateful for your understanding, and we apologise for the inconvenience these cancellations may cause.

As we are unable to run our face-to-face courses, we have introduced a range of live online learning sessions covering a wide variety of topics.  Each session lasts between 1 hour and 1.5 hours and the groups are kept small so that everyone has the opportunity to discuss and ask questions. For more information and to book your place, please see here.

We will also continue to provide supportive and practical information through our Virtual Carers Centre and on our Facebook page.

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Dementia facts & stats

700,000

families in the UK care for people with dementia.

36%

of family carers provide over 100 hours of care per week

£13.9bn

Unpaid carers provide care to a value of £13.9bn per year

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We are constantly developing and updating our range of remote and online services to ensure that family and friends caring for someone with dementia continue to be well-supported.