Local Recovery College course promotes 'self-care' for carers

by CWP News - 16 September 2016

An NHS Trust is offering local carers the chance to learn new self-care techniques by enrolling on a 6 week course.

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CWP’s) Expert Patient Programme are running weekly sessions that focus on supporting carers to look after themselves.

The sessions start from September and take place at CWP’s Recovery Colleges in Crewe, Macclesfield and Winsford and run once a week for 6 weeks. For more information on course dates and times, email eppc@cwp.nhs.uk or call 01625 505617.

Emma Pickup, Programme Development Officer at Central and East Recovery College, says: “Our carer’s course is open to anyone who is a carer. It can be someone caring for a parent, child, partner, friend, anyone - regardless of whether the long term health condition is physical or mental. We find that although peoples caring situations can be very different, they still take the same things from the course, and can share tips and meet with a group of likeminded people.”

She adds: “The carer’s course ‘Looking After Me’ concentrates on looking after the carer in their caring role – as often the carer does not always prioritise their own health and well-being. The course focuses carers on regaining more balance through spending time looking after themselves, allowing them to become more effective in their caring role.”

Toni Stokes, Expert Patients Programme lead, says: “As a service we receive many thank you cards from carers grateful to have completed this course. One message we received said ‘I have chosen three words for this course: Inspiring, Reviving, Empowering.”

For more information on Recovery Colleges, visit http://www.cwp.nhs.uk/get-involved/recovery-colleges/

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