Course to help relieve strains of home carers
A CHARITY is offering a free training course to hundreds of carers living in Swanage, which has been designed to make their lives a little easier.
According to the charity Help and Care there are more than 1,000 people in Swanage voluntarily caring for a friend or loved one.The charity claims this may involve anything from looking after a parent with memory loss to full-time personal care for a child with a disability.
The special seven-session course, which has been funded by Dorset County Council, includes training to cope with memory loss, looking after back problems, first aid skills and stress relief. It also includes information from a local solicitor about the powers of attorney and a talk from a benefits advisor.
Help and Care's carers outreach worker Francoise Griffin said: "Being a carer is potentially lonely and isolating. "This course is a great opportunity for local carers to learn new skills and meet others in the same situation. "It will help them care for their loved ones, but also help them to care for themselves."
Help and Care is an independent charity that has been working with older people, carers and communities in Dorset since 1985.
The course, which was set up with the help of St John's Ambulance, takes place at Swanage Health Centre from Tuesday, June 19, and includes information on local services available to support carers.
Places are limited and carers are advised to book as soon as possible.
For more information and to reserve a place, telephone 08454 500418.