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Carers in Somerset can now benefit from free knowledge and skills programme

PUBLISHED: 13:05 26 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:37 20 February 2013

Carers in Somerset can now benefit from free knowledge and skills programme

Carers in Somerset can now benefit from free knowledge and skills programme

Carers from across Somerset can make a positive difference to their life and that of the person they care for by attending free, local group sessions which have just launched in the area.

Carers from across Somerset can make a positive difference to their life and that of the person they care for by attending free, local group sessions which have just launched in the area.

Caring with Confidence is a free programme which helps carers aged 18 and over build on their own strengths, share experiences and gain useful information, ideas and tips about looking after someone to help them decide how to make positive changes to their caring role.

Sessions are being run in partnership with the Expert Patients Programme Community Interest Company (EPP CIC) and are being held in Wellington, Somerton, Weston-Super-Mare and Clevedon. (See attached timetables.)

Carers can choose how many of the seven sessions in the programme to get involved with, at either location, depending on their own caring situation and needs. All carers are encouraged to attend the introductory session - Finding Your Way. This helps carers look at what matters to them and decide which of the other six sessions they might want to do. Topics include health and wellbeing, coping, resources, emergencies at home, taking time out and communicating effectively with professionals and service providers. Help with travel and alternative care costs may be reimbursed for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Sally Cavanagh, Contract Manager with EPP CIC, which runs Caring with Confidence sessions in Somerset, said: If you are looking after a friend or relative, Caring with Confidence can help you to make a positive difference to your life and that of the person you look after. These sessions are led by experienced facilitators, many of whom are themselves carers or have experience of working with carers.

The seven sessions cover a variety of topics and issues that may help you and sharing stories and advice with other carers could help you make positive changes to your caring role.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Caring with Confidence sessions or to register can contact EPP CIC on Freephone 0800 988 5520.

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