Unpaid carers in Suffolk will get support on free course

Hyndman Centre

Hyndman Centre - Credit: Archant

Unpaid carers in Suffolk are being invited to a free course to help them meet the challenges of looking after someone reaching the end of their life.

The “Caring with Confidence” initiative, which is being run by the Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative Care Academy in partnership with organisations including Suffolk Family Carers, will begin later this month.

The courses will give unpaid family carers emotional support and practical assistance to help them prepare for the end of life, as well as guidance on ways they can support the person they care for.

The courses will take place at the Hyndman Centre, Bury St Edmunds, starting on March 17 and the Burton Centre, Haverhill, from March 19. Further sessions are taking place in Norfolk.

Maggie Parsons, project lead for the academy, said: “This course has been specially designed to give unpaid carers all of the help and support they need to meet the needs of someone reaching the end of their lives.

“As well as emotional and practical advice, it will equip them with the techniques they need to cope at what can be an extremely challenging time.

“A variety of other help will be on offer, such as advice about finances and tips on other places they can go for further support.

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“At the same time, the courses are a fantastic opportunity for unpaid carers to meet up with other people in a similar situation, share experiences and offer mutual support.”

The programmes, which are being funded by Suffolk and Norfolk county councils, are made up of six sessions, and take place over a four-month period. More sessions are being planned for Mid Suffolk, Ipswich and Beccles.

For more information on details and timings, visit www.bereadyforit.org.uk/category/our-news/