Carers Group

If you care, we care

You’re doing a great job, but caring for someone has huge physical and emotional demands that can impact your own health, finances and sense of identity. You are important too. Caring for Carers is a support group for local people caring for someone with a long-term illness.

Our Caring for Carers group will:

  • Provide practical information and advice
  • Present a chance to explore the emotional impact of illness
  • Offer advice and information on various support services that are available
  • Help you look after yourself

Comments made from previous Carers Group sessions:

“It’s opened my eyes as to what’s available”

“Learned so much, both practical and emotional”

“I didn’t feel guilty about taking time away from home because I was able to go back strengthened and feeling positive about my ability to cope as a carer’”

You can attend any or all the sessions below. Just call 01642 811064 to let us know you will be coming. If you have any worries, concerns or want to ask any questions about the group or carer support you can email juliefletcher@teessidehospice.co.uk

7th February - 'Maximising your income' Benefits advice from Sam Lawson, Welfare Rights Officer at Carers Together.

7th March - Questions and answers with Dietician Savitha Sundar

4th April - 'Maximising independence at home' with Alison Porch, Occupational Therapist

2nd May - Your concerns

6th June - 'What to do when someone dies' A practical guide on planning a funeral, with Julie Fletcher, Social Worker and Sarah Ramsden, Chaplain

4th July - 'Carers rights and support services' with Julie Bracknell, CEO Carers Together

1st August - 'Ducks in a row' learn how to complete Lasting Power of Attorney and making a Will, with Julie Fletcher, Social Worker

5th September - Maximising your income' Benefits advice from Sam Lawson, Welfare Rights Officer at Carers Together.

3rd October - 'Fatigue Management' with Helen Shakesheff, Hospice Physiotherapist

7th November - Your concerns

5th December - 'Carers rights and support services' with Julie Bracknell, CEO Carers Together

All sessions are from 1pm-3pm at the Teesside Hospice Education and Counselling Building.

We also now have a Carers Group for those in our community caring for someone with a neurological condition. This takes place on the first Monday of the month for people caring for someone with Motor Neurone disease 10-11.30am and the last Monday of the month for carers of those with neurological conditions including Parkinson's disease 2-3.30pm.

If you have any questions, or if it is difficult for you to attend the group because of your caring commitments, it may be possible to arrange a volunteer to stay with the person you care for. Call Julie Fletcher, Social Worker on 01642 811064 and we will try our best to accommodate.

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