Whether you care for a child, a family member, a friend or neighbour, the demands on you as a carer can be rewarding and challenging.
We know how important it is to care for a loved one, but it is also important that you look after yourself.
Our Carers Wellbeing Course is an online psycho-educational course which aims to provide support to unpaid adult carers.
Running over five weeks, the course is an opportunity to meet people who share similar experiences. Together we will develop and learn new skills that may help in coping with the demands of a caring role.
How do I know if it is for me?
If you would like to attend one of our courses you need to be:
- willing to learn new ways of managing your mental and physical wellbeing
- interested in trying new skills both in the session and at home
- able to manage being in a group for up to one and a half hours.
If you’re not sure if the course is for you, you can speak with one of our team and ask any questions you may have before you agree to be referred. Just give us a call on 0114 226 2660 and ask to speak to a course facilitator.
What should I do if I’m interested in attending?
To attend the course you need to speak with your GP, Sheffield Carers Centre or mental health worker. They need to make a referral. When we receive your referral we will offer you an enrolment appointment. This is an opportunity to meet us and ask any questions you may have.
The Carers Wellbeing Course
The course runs once a week over five weeks. Each session will last no more than 90 minutes. We have carefully designed the course to reflect the realities and experiences of being a carer.
We will focus on the mental and physical impact that this role can have and how you can look after yourself.
We will explore different experiences of caring, understanding the effects of stress and ways to cope with this.
We will consider the theme of self-care, what it means to us, what might stop us from addressing this, and identify ways we can take care of our minds and bodies.
We will identify and explore the common thoughts we may have when worried or anxious. We will discuss ways that we can take care of our minds and bodies.
We will look at how caring can affect how we feel and explore ways that we can manage these feelings in a more helpful way.
In our final session we will look at how assertiveness can improve our communication with others. The course will conclude with a look at networks and resources to help maintain our wellbeing.
Each week we will also explore different relaxation activities.
Booking a place on one of our courses
If you feel like you'd benefit from taking this course you need to speak to your GP, Sheffield Carers Centre or mental health worker to get a referral.
Just ask them about the Short-Term Educational Programme and they can start the referral process.
Find out more
Our courses run at various times throughout the year. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about one of our courses you can speak to one of our facilitators by calling 0114 226 2660.