Where you can get training
Many carers' centres offer training, as well as information, advice and support for carers. Carers Trust can direct you to one of their local carers' centres. Carers Scotland's directory can also identify support groups for where you live.
Third sector organisations like Maggie's Centres offer training about the specific illness or condition of the person you're looking after.
Many carers' organisations like Carers Scotland offer training for professionals about carers and the challenges of caring.
If you're interested in a career in care, the Scottish Social Services Council has information and advice.
The Open University in Scotland offers a range of resources and support to help carers get in to learning.
- build on the knowledge and skills you have gained while caring
- resume studies that you had to put on hold
- try something completely different to your caring role
- Caring Counts – a free self-reflection and planning course specifically for carers
- OpenLearn – a range of free online resources including Foundations of Self-Directed Support in Scotland and Designing space for dementia care
The Open University also offers a course called Caring Counts in the Workplace, created for managers and policy makers to help support carers in the workforce.