Help for former carers

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A free programme to help and support former carers through a difficult time is being held in Wisbech on Wednesday 13 July.

The sessions are designed to provide useful information and contacts for former family and unpaid carers who are adapting to life now that they are no longer in a carer role.

Run by Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS with other agencies, the programme includes grief and loss support as well as information on how to find volunteering opportunities. We also hope this time to introduce a relaxation session into the programme.

The event is being held at North Cambridgeshire Hospital, MacMillan and Hudson Palliative Care Unit, The Park, Wisbech between 11am and 2pm, as a one-off programme of support for former carers.

The first programme, held in March, was a huge success with people feeling so motivated as a result that some have joined Tai Chi classes. Others have paired up to go to social events together and one or two are thinking about starting to volunteer in their local community.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Martin Curtis, Cabinet Member for Health and Well-Being, said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for former carers who often suddenly find themselves alone, feeling isolated and disoriented to their new circumstances. This programme hopes to give them the support and information that they need as well as bringing them into contact with other people who are sharing the same problems. These sessions are part of Cambridgeshire County Council’s aim of helping all our communities and providing services in one go rather than asking people to go looking for them from individual agencies.”

To book your place or to find out more contact Maggie Brown on 07824 406 103 or Maggie.brown@cambridgeshire.gov.uk