Self Care for Carers
You may find that friends and family who have not experienced being in a caring role themselves cannot always understand the demands and stresses of caring. If this is the case, it might help to reach out and connect with other carers in your position.
If you’re picturing a sombre meeting room full of miserable faces, think again! Carers support groups come in a wide range of styles and activities, from coffee and cake meet ups to outdoor adventures and free yoga classes!
Find out more about Carers Groups run by Carers First that are meeting locally in Colchester and Tendring.
Action for Family Carers deliver activities and groups specifically for carers.
With funding from Essex County Council, Action for Family Carers are delivering volunteer befriending services across the county as part of Essex Befriends. Services available include telephone befriending, face-to-face meetings within the local community, home visits, Skype calls, email contact and group activities.
A number of other organisations support carers of people with specific conditions:
If you are caring for someone with dementia, for information about what support there is in your area you can find out more from the Alzheimer’s Society.
Or you might prefer to contact the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Connects Service.
If you are caring for someone who live with multiple sclerosis (MS) you might find the resources on the MS Society webpage helpful.