Spring 2021 Courses

While we’re still unable to deliver our courses face to face, at Age Scotland we’re continuing to deliver them via video conference which is allowing us to reach people from all areas and we would be delighted if you or your colleagues would like to join us.

All courses are free and will be delivered using Zoom. This means you will need a laptop or tablet which has access to the internet and a functioning microphone and speakers. If you’re unfamiliar with using Zoom we would be happy give you an opportunity to connect in advance of any of the courses you sign up for and will send out full instructions and links closer to the course date. The feedback we’ve had so far has indicated that this new way of working has been successful and attendees have appreciated the opportunity to continue learning under the current restrictions.

Dementia and Veterans Awareness

We will be running our very popular Dementia and Veterans Awareness courses on the following dates:

Older Veterans Awareness Training:-

Thursday 1st April  2-4.30pm   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/141985018011

Wednesday 21st April 10am -12.30pm  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/141988891597

Monday 10th  May 2-4.30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/141989220581

Thursday 27th May 10am-12.30pm  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/141989523487

Dementia Awareness Training:-

Dementia Awareness

Wednesday 24thMarch 9:30 – 12:30


Dementia Awareness

Thursday 15th April 1:30 – 4:30


Dementia Awareness

Wednesday 21st April 9:30 – 12:30


Dementia Awareness

Wednesday 28th April 1:30 – 4:30


Dementia Awareness

Tuesday 4th May 1:30 – 4:30


Dementia Awareness

Monday 10th May 1:30 – 4:30


Dementia Awareness

Wednesday 19th May 9:30 – 12:30


Dementia Awareness

Thursday 27th May 1:30 – 4:30


Dementia Awareness

Tuesday 1st June 9:30 – 12:30


Dementia Awareness

Friday 11th June 9:30 – 12:30


Dementia Awareness

Tuesday 15th  June 1:30 – 4:30


Dementia Awareness

Wednesday 23rd June 1:30 – 4:30


Dementia Awareness

Tuesday 29th June 9:30 – 12:30




Dementia Carers’ Rights


We currently have four courses related to Dementia Carers’ Rights and will be offering them all over the next quarter. They are all designed for the unpaid carers of people living with dementia.


Dementia Carers’ Rights: Adult Carer Support Plan

An interactive online session for the unpaid carers of people living with dementia to introduce the Carers (Scotland) Act and what this means for carers, with a particular focus on the Adult Carer Support Plan. Learn more about what your rights are as a carer and how to access these.


Friday 30th April 10 – 11:30


Thursday 20th May 2 – 3:30



Dementia Carers’ Rights: Hospital Admissions and Discharge

An interactive workshop for unpaid carers of people with dementia. The workshop will look at carers’ rights as detailed in the Carers (Scotland) Act in relation to hospital discharge, and other considerations for carers during a hospital admission and stay.


Friday 25th June 10 – 11:30



Dementia Carers’ Rights: Your rights and Self-Directed Support

Self-directed support aims to give people more choice and flexibility in how care and support is arranged. This workshop will provide an introduction to self-directed support, enabling participants to learn more about what this is, what this can mean for carers and how to access it.


Thursday 22nd April 10 – 11:30


Thursday 3rd June 2 – 3:30



Dementia Carers’ Rights: Power of Attorney and other advanced decision making

This interactive workshop for unpaid carers of people with dementia gives an introduction to power of attorney, with a particular focus on the role of the attorney, and other forms of advance decision-making.


Monday 7th June 10 – 11:30


Thursday 17th June 10 – 11:30



Inclusion courses

Making Online Group Activities Dementia Friendly

Over the past year, community groups and organisations have increasingly turned to videoconferencing platforms to keep their activities going and their members connected. This is challenging in itself, but becomes even more challenging if we want to include people with dementia in these activities. However, we are learning quickly what works and what doesn’t work, and what you need to do differently before, during and after online group activities to make them inclusive of people living with dementia. We also have a body of knowledge and experience from groups and organisations which have been connecting people with dementia remotely since long before lockdown.

In this session we share what has been learned so far and discuss new ideas, suggestions and experiences from participants. It is a really great opportunity to learn and think about the steps you need to take to include people with dementia in online group activities. We will be running this course on the following dates:

Wednesday 17th March 1:30 – 4


Wednesday 20th April 1:30 – 4


Monday 17th May 1:30 – 4


Thursday 24th June 10 – 12:30



Dementia and Befriending

This 2hr training session is designed to build on the learning from our dementia awareness workshops and focus on the befriending relationship and developing communication skills. 

People attending should have attended one of our dementia awareness courses in advance of this training.  This training is designed for befrienders.  If you are a befriending co-ordinator and would like to receive training for your befrienders, please get in touch and we can arrange a workshop for your organisation/project.


Thursday 29th April 10 – 12


Wednesday 12th May 2 – 4


Friday 25th June 10 – 12



Making the home a dementia enabling environment

The majority of people living with dementia live in their own home.  This short workshop looks at:

  • The benefits of the home environment for people living with dementia
  • The challenges for people living of staying in their own home
  • The factors that can help people remain independent in their own home
  • Further support for making a home an enabling environment

Wednesday 5th May 2 – 3:30


Thursday 3rd June 10 – 11:30



Dementia – Wellbeing and mood

There are many factors that can influence mood for people living with dementia.  In this short workshop we explore some of these factors and look at what may help people understand these factors and what meaningful activities and considerations may help improve mood.

Tuesday 18th May 2 – 3:30


Tuesday 8th June 10 – 11:30



Dementia: Prevention and living well

Research tells us that there are many factors which increase our chances of developing dementia. By turning these risk factors on their heads, we can learn about the many changes that can be made to different aspects of our lives which can both reduce the risk of developing dementia and to live better after a diagnosis of dementia. This short course explores this important issue and provides guidance for participants for their own lives as well as for the people living with dementia they support.

Friday 14th May 10 – 11:30


Friday 22nd June 10:30 – 12



Communication and Dementia

Do you want to learn to communicate better with people living with dementia? This short course explores the communication problems which dementia can bring and also tips and strategies for communicating more effectively – face to face, on the phone, in writing or online – with people living with dementia.

Thursday 13th May 2 – 3:30


Monday 14th June 10 – 11:30



Coming out of COVID – supporting people affected by dementia

This 2 ½ hr workshop shares learning about the impact of COVID and things to consider to enable people to engage in activities post COVID.  It also gives participants opportunities to share their experiences so we can all learn about what might work going forward.

  • To have an overview of the impact of COVID on people living with dementia and their carers.
  • To gain an understanding of the barriers and challenges for people living with dementia of re-engaging with services post COVID.
  • To examine what groups can do to enable people to re-engage with services post COVID.

Friday 21st May 10 – 12:30


Wednesday 16th June 1:30 – 4


Wednesday 30th June 10 – 12:30



Any questions on any of the above, please contact Catriona on 07754 755025 or by email on catriona.stirling@agescotland.org.uk 


Nicola Mitchell

Older Peoples Services Development Officer


Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action

Number Ten

10 Constitution Road



Direct Dial:      01382 305745

E-Mail:             nicolamitchell@dvva.scot

Website:          www.dva.scot