Caring for Carers


Carers' Group

When someone becomes ill, with a life threatening illness, you will find yourself providing support and practical care. You may be the husband, the wife, the daughter or friend and you probably will not call yourself a carer but will become the most important person to the patient and to their care.

It is easy to get lost in all the demands that are made on you. We recognise that you, as the carer, are very important. Without you who would there be to look after the person you love and that will often be for 24/7?

It is not unusual for carers to feel lonely, frustrated and even angry that this has happened to them. Sharing these thoughts and feelings with others in a similar situation can be very helpful.

Changes in your circumstances may cause all sorts of practical issues that you have not faced before. Other carers who have been there can be a valuable resource. St Richard’s can provide expert advice. We have a CAB advisor, social workers, counsellors, clinical nurse specialists and other professionals who can help and who are invited to the Carers Group.

We recognise that carers need to be looked after themselves. You may not have time for a good meal so we always provide good home cooking. Our group members enjoy social outings and, for those who want it, a gentle relaxing massage.

If you would like further information or would like to be invited to the Group please contact the Family Support Team on 01905 763963.

Waterbugs Group
This is a support group for young people who have a loved one with a life-threatening illness. The group meets on Wednesday  weekly for four sessions from 5.30pm - 7pm in the Snowdrop Centre at St Richard's Hospice. For more information please read the group information
or call the Family Support Team on 01905 763963.


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