Free support sessions to help carers
CARERS in and around Oban who look after a friend or family member living with a serious illness can access free ‘Caring with Confidence’ support sessions.
The free group sessions, which must be pre-booked, take place between 1-3pm every Monday at The Undercroft, Glencruitten Church Centre, Oban.
They are open to anyone who cares for someone who has a serious illness. This might be one of a range of illnesses such as terminal cancer, heart failure, dementia or lung disease.
Sessions will cover a range of topics including practical advice, managing symptoms and how carers can care for themselves. Carers can also take part in a range of relaxation activities.
For anyone who is unable to leave the person they are caring for unattended, a carer can be arranged and transport to and from The Undercroft can be provided.
The sessions are run in part- nership between Marie Curie and North Argyll Carers Centre as part of the Argyll and Bute Delivering Choice Programme, a partnership between Marie Curie, Argyll and Bute Community Health Partnership and local partners to improve access and quality of palliative and end of life care.
For more information or to book a place contact Mairi or Lisa at North Argyll Carers Centre on 01631 564422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Dryden, from Marie Curie said: ‘We know that friends and relatives can find themselves overwhelmed with different emotions and the practical side of caring.
‘Although you might not be the main carer or think that you have a caring role, we can offer you support and advice that can help.
‘Talking through any worries with others in similar circumstances can be hugely beneficial to both you and the person you are caring for.’