Kimberley is a Dementia Wellbeing Support Worker with Carers Support West Sussex. Here she writes about our Dementia Carers Support Group.
Carers Support West Sussex run several Dementia Carer Support Groups throughout the county. I am lucky enough to run three support groups, two in Worthing and one in Lancing.
I enjoy facilitating support groups alongside my two volunteer support workers who are invaluable to the service. I get to meet and support people who all do an amazing job caring for someone living with dementia. This can often be a difficult and non-rewarding role.
The room is buzzing when everyone one arrives as they chat with each other over a cup of something. Everybody has the opportunity to discuss any worries, experiences and share their ideas. The emotional support which carers get from a support group is very valuable, people realise that they are not alone. Carers often say to me, “it’s the best therapy in the world to be able to talk openly with people who understand what you are going through. As quite often we don’t want to burden our friends and family.”
Sometimes we have guest speakers who come along and talk about their professional role, some past speakers have been The Carers Health Team, Southern Water and a lead pharmacist form the Mental Health Team.
A support group is a safe environment for people to take openly about their caring role and a great place to meet new friends.
To find the nearest support group to you please call 0300 028 8888 or look on our website www.carerssupport.org.uk
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