Our sense of wellbeing is often affected by small changes in life and caring can often lead to significant life changes such as having to give up work, loss of social networks, being unable to pursue hobbies and past times and a reduced family income,
or – in the worst cases – financial hardship.
We have developed a range of services that help you to stay connected, enjoy some much-deserved time out and, in difficult times, provide you with more intensive emotional support such as counselling.
Our services include:
- Carer Cafes across the borough which provide social contact with other carers, emotional support, outside speakers and a chance to share experiences, information and ideas
List of all Carer Cafes, dates & times (download)
"It's wonderful to have a chat with a variety of different carers ... It's always interesting to hear of their experiences and gives an opportunity to learn of new ideas or services which might be useful."
- Therapeutic Care for Carers
Working in partnership with therapists from Harlington Hospice, we are now offering the wider range of therapeutic care for carers.
In addition to the already established Comfort Touch (gentle, seated, over-the-clothes hand , arm and shoulder massage), members can now also choose to have a course of complementary therapy.
All the therapies can be accessed through the weekly Therapeutic Care for Carers sessions and are free of charge.
- Complimentary Therapies
All complementary therapies are pleasant and relaxing to receive and can help with reducing anxiety, aiding relaxation, easing aches and pains and improving sleep.
The therapies currently on offer:
- Aromatherapy uses essential oils specifically blended for the effect you want to achieve. They can be used for emotional and psychological support, to address a specific problem such as pain or insomnia or, more usually, a combination of both. They are usually applied in massage
- Massage and Indian Head massage manipulates muscles and soft tissues and can be particularly useful in helping to relieve the pain in head, neck and shoulders associated with stress and anxiety
- Reflexology is a specific massage technique usually practised on the soles of the feet but can also be done on the palms of the hands. By working on these areas the reflexologist can treat the whole body. This is a relaxing yet energising treatment and has proven benefit in the treatment of unspecific lower back pain
- Reiki is a gentle therapy that works to balance and harmonise the energy field of a person. The Reiki therapist may lay their hands gently on the body or they may work with their hands off the body in the energy field. Very relaxing to receive, it can help to reduce anxiety, improve energy levels, clear the mind and aid restful sleep.
Being a carer is often hard work and stressful, and you probably find that your needs take second place. Counselling is a chance to focus on you and think about what you want.
A counsellor is a qualified listener who can help you think about your situation, look at your options, and find ways to cope. When you talk to a counsellor you will get the chance to explore your feelings, including your relationship with the person you care for. They can help you find your own solutions and make decisions about your life.
Anything you say to your counsellor is usually confidential, only if you say something that suggests you or someone else maybe at significant risk.
- CNWL Talking Therapies Service
We know that your caring role can be very rewarding but also can be challenging at times. Managing another person's needs alongside your own can be stressful, especially if you have your own health problems
Our experienced therapists provide weekly sessions offering support, advice and a chance to share your experiences with others around a number of topics:
Adjusting to having health problems - sharing experiences of what it's like to be a carer, to have a health issue yourself and what this means
Relationships and loss - exploring how caring can change your relationships with others, your relationship with yourself and managing these changes
Whose needs come first? - how to make time to look after yourself and your health alongside being a carer
Managing anxiety - understanding and coping with worry and fears about the future
Relaxation and looking after yourself - practising techniques to keep calm, to improve sleep and over all wellbeing.
- Arts for Carers
Courses might include ceramics, painting, guitar lessons, glass-painting and cake-decorating. Check the newsletter for updates.
"The 'Arts for Carers' course was a wonderful escape from the stress and pressures of caring. It took me to another place and it was wonderful!"
- Improve your Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Hillingdon Adult Learning are offering FREE courses on Health and Wellbeing. These classes can be found in the Adult Learning Courses catalogue from pages 38-41.