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

2nd January - Carers rights and support available to carers with Julia Bracknell, CEO Carers Together

6th February - Fatigue Management with Helen Shakesheff, Physiotherapist, Teesside Hospice

5th March - Maintaining independence, demonstration of aids and equipment to help at home with Alison Porch, Occupational therapist, Teesside Hospice

2nd April - Support with benefits and maximising your income with Katie Smith, Welfare Rights Officer, Carers Together

7th May - Telecare equipment and assistive technology with Amanda Kelton, Assistive Technology Assessor, Middlesbrough Council

4th June - What to do when someone dies – a practical guide to arranging a funeral with Julie Fletcher, Hospice Social Worker and Sarah Ramsden, Hospice Chaplain

2nd July - Dietary advice - Question and Answer session with Savitha Sundar, Dietitian

6th August - Carer concerns - group to decide on the topic with Julie Fletcher, Hospice Social Worker

3rd September - “Ducks in a row” learn how to apply for Lasting Power of Attorney, make a will etc. with Julie Fletcher, Hospice Social Worker and Sarah Ramsden, Hospice Chaplain

1st October - Support with benefits and maximising your income with Katie Smith, Welfare Rights Officer, Carers Together

5th November - Carer concerns - group to decide on the topic with Julie Fletcher, Hospice Social Worker

3rd December - Relaxation techniques for carers to help yourself and the person you care for with Helen Shakesheff, Physiotherapist, Teesside Hospice

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

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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