Next month, dementiaCOMPASS will offer its third carers seminar. It will run for five weeks and you can choose to attend one, some or all of the meetings. The topics listed are guiding themes that we can start with, but the meetings are carer-led while being supported by two group facilitators. This seminar is not a form of training but instead time to talk as a group about how to deal with the changes witnessed in the person you care for and how to take care of yourself too. Participants often walk away with a new perspective or idea for how to improve things at home.
The past two seminars have been well received by those who attended, all of whom would recommend this opportunity to a friend. One of the participants took the time to share this about the seminars:
I have found them invaluable in planning the way forward for [us]. They took place in a friendly and supportive environment which enabled the participants to share some very personal experiences and issues. The facilitators were skillful in steering and teasing out the concerns but also in helping the participants formulate plans. The topics covered were relevant but there was also plenty of opportunity to raise our own issues.
While others described their seminar experience as:
“extremely helpful” “a very helpful programme”
“informative and supportive” “a form of respite in itself”
The seminar format is small, limited to eight people, and will take place in Fulbourn. If you are interested in attending, please contact Edye for more information.