Caring for Carers

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Our carers do a fantastic job and are some of the unsung heroes in society. This course is designed to provide a welcoming, fun and safe environment for carers to develop a range of skills to look after themselves: physically, mentally and emotionally and not just the loved ones they care for. This open, friendly and non-judgemental platform will provide a well-needed opportunity for carers to interact with other carers and discuss the everyday life issues they face, especially in these challenging times. It will be an opportunity to meet other carers who can relate to challenges associated with caring for a loved one and share experiences, encourage one another, problem-solve and celebrate their achievements, hard work and resilience.

Additional information about this course

Targeted at carers in the Yorkshire and Humber region

Course aim

This is a course for carers to learn new skills, gain encouragement and give to and receive support from other carers by discussing challenges, sharing experiences and celebrating the hard work carers do in everyday life.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • For those who wish to enrol on this online course, but need extra support to get online please contact the Student Support Team on: 0300 303 3464 for further advice.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify and use 1 or 2 practical ways to improve my general wellbeing and physical health
  • Identify and utilise 1 or 2 practical strategies to manage common caring-related life situations
  • Identify and use 1 or 2 strategies to improve your mental and emotional wellbeing whilst managing your caring environment

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • There may be opportunities to connect with other external agencies and voluntary sector organisations to access their services for further support as a carer.

Download full course information sheet

Caring for Carers


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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