University workshops deliver essential skills

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The University of Cumbria which has a branch in Lancaster is offering free workshops for carers and people who use health and social care services.

The training offers sessions in a range of topics including ‘Being creative with clay’, ‘Basic money management’, ‘Becoming more confident’ and ‘Creative writing and helping with social work courses’.

These workshops are open to people who are past or present carers and ‘service users’ - a term which refers to people who use a variety of health and social organisations including services related to mental health, LGBT, drugs and alcohol, housing and homelessness, as well as social services and fostering/adoption agencies.

Angie Boyle is a lecturer in social work at the university.

She said: “We have recruited a number of training providers to deliver a series of free workshops to carers and service users who are, or may in the future, want to be involved in social work education in some way.

“The workshops cover a range of topics and will appeal to a broad range of people.

“They are an investment in the local communities which we work closely with, and are a commitment to the university’s widening participation agenda and collaborative approach to social work education.”

They will be taking place across a number of University of Cumbria campuses including Bowerham Road in Lancaster, Fusehill Street in Carlisle, Energus in Workington, Rydal Road in Ambleside, and Furness College in Barrow-in-Furness.

The workshops, which include a free lunch, will be held in September.

For more information on dates and times of workshops and to book a place, email pluadmin@cumbria.ac.uk or call 01524 590800.