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The Oxhill News

October 2013

This months News



Carers 4 Carers

Finding support through supporting each other. A support group for rural carers.

Do you, or someone you know, look after a relative, friend or neighbour who is ill, disabled, elderly or mentally ill? Then you may not realise it, but you are a carer.

Last November, a self-help carers’ support group was started in Kineton to serve the surrounding villages and rural area. That includes those of you reading this newsletter!  Carers 4 Carers recognises that the needs of carers in rural areas are often different from those in towns. The feelings of isolation that carers often experience is intensified and travel problems and time issues can make it difficult for them to attend the carers support groups run by Guideposts Trust, the commissioned providers of carer support in the county.

As the name suggests, the group is run by carers, for carers. Support is given by offering opportunities to talk together, to share experiences and coping strategies. Carers frequently lack information on how to access services and benefits and our monthly programme includes guest speakers who can help fill this void. The group also has a large library of information leaflets from many different sources. Other activities include Carer Wellbeing workshops when the focus is on looking after the carer so they are fit to care!

We meet once a month, on the fourth  Friday, between 10.30 a.m. and 12 noon at Kineton Methodist Church, Southam Street, CV35 0LL. There is time for coffee and chat – and sometimes cake! – followed by either our guest speaker or workshop. Our next meeting is on Friday 25th October when we will welcome a speaker from the Shakespeare Hospice. If you are a carer, your cared-for person is in residential care, or your caring role has recently ceased, you will be very welcome.

To find out more, please contact Gillian on 01926 640203, email kcarers4carers@gmail.com or go to our brand new website, www.carers4carersonthefosse.org.uk where you will also find a copy of our latest newsletter.

Gillian Grason Smith

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