Carer Support

Support for carers is woven through our values at St Margaret’s. We strive to be patient centred, compassionate and respectful to individual needs and deliver high quality responsive care.

We are not just here to support the person who is ill, we are here for you, now and through bereavement.

Caring frequently brings challenges, rewards and a whole range of emotions that you may not feel ready for.

When you care for someone with a life-limiting illness, it’s perfectly natural to focus on their needs and forget about your own. A balance between the two will help to support your own wellbeing and resilience.

Below are just a few things that carers have expressed to us:

“We live day to day, it’s hard to plan ahead”

“I feel guilty thinking about myself but I need for a break”

“I miss our conversations and our life as it was”

“I want to know what to expect so I can plan”

“Who should I contact for help out of hours”

If this sounds like you, get in touch, we are here to help.

To discuss support for yourself, please get in touch: Call 01823 333822 or 01935 709480, option 1, or email CRC@st-margarets-hospice.org.uk

Carer sessions and workshops

These sessions can support you to overcome the emotional and practical challenges of supporting someone with cancer or a life-limiting illness. There are 3 sessions to attend each 90 minutes long, see dates below.

The workshops offers a taster of some techniques that you may want to incorporate into your daily life. Learning from others and sharing thoughts can help to normalise your role, reduce anxiety and isolation.

Location: Somerset-wide access online via Microsoft Teams

Dates:

  • 23, 30 June and 07 July 2021 - 14:00 - 15:30pm
  • 28 September and 05,12 October 2021 - 14:00 - 15:30pm

Booking: Pre-booking is essential. To book your place please email CRC@st-margarets-hospice.org.uk

If you are adjusting to living on your own, cooking can be a challenge. Our cooking group is designed to help those who are bereaved gain confidence in the kitchen.

As well as learning recipes you can use at home, it’s a chance to meet and socialise with others while having fun with food. Everything you make can be taken home to enjoy.

"Meeting other carers who were in exactly the same position as me was very reassuring. I found it particularly comforting to be able to share my feelings and experiences with those who really understood."

Dates: These sessions are currently not running. Updates will be given as soon as we are able to open them back up for booking.

Booking: Pre-booking is essential. To book your place please email CRC@st-margarets-hospice.org.uk

tea and char for carers, family and friends

 

Each session covers a different area within developing your resilience, you are welcome to join one, two or all three of them. Attend one or all three.

Location: Somerset-wide access online via Zoom

Dates:

  • 06/13/20 October 2021

To find out more about each session and find the links to join visit our Developing Your Resilience page here.



 

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