What do we do for Carers?

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What do Saint Catherine’s do for carers?

This week is national Carers Week. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

Saint Catherine’s wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness of their carer services that they offer. Saint Catherine’s run 3 groups for carers to attend that enable them to socialise with others in their position and learn about the practical and long term planning that comes with being a carer.

John Gready, Social Work Team Leader at Saint Catherine’s said ‘‘our three Carer groups run throughout the year and cover the difficulties that come with being a carer. Our Time Out Group runs monthly. This group allows carers to chat with others with similar experiences and take some time to relax and switch off from what is going on. Occasionally we will bring in a guest speaker to these sessions that are designed to educate the carers on various topics such as how to apply for carer benefits.’’

‘’We also run a bereaved carer drop in where bereaved carers are invited to talk through how they are coping. Our annual group Caring for the Carer is designed to support carers who look after palliative care patients. The carers are educated on how to prepare for the future with legal costs, wills and funerals.’’

Mick has been caring for his wife who has stage 3 cancer for 3 years. Mick regularly attends Saint Catherine’s carer groups. ‘‘Talking in groups helps you to cope. You are with people who have something in common with you, you are all in the same boat long term. The groups I have attended at Saint Catherine’s are relaxing, it is nice to laugh and joke for a couple of hours and forget what is going on at home.’’

If you would like further information on carer support visit www.carersweek.org