Letter: Carers week campaign highlights challenges

St Catherine's Hospice, Scarborough.
St Catherine's Hospice, Scarborough.

What do St Catherine’s Hospice do for carers?

This week is national Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

St Catherine’s Hospice wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness of their carer services that they offer. St Catherine’s run three groups for carers to attend that enable them to socialise with others in their position and learn about the practical and long term planning that comes with being a carer.

Three carer groups run throughout the year and cover the difficulties that come with being a carer.

The Time Out Group runs monthly and allows carers to chat with others with similar experiences and take some time to relax and switch off from what is going on.

The bereaved carer drop-in invites bereaved carers to talk through how they are coping and the annual group Caring for the Carer is designed to support carers who look after palliative care patients. Carers are educated on how to prepare for the future with legal costs, wills and funerals.’’

If you would like further information on carer support visit www.carersweek.org and to find out more on St Catherine’s Hospice services visit www.saintcatherines.org.uk or conact Natalie Wright on 01723 351421 for more details.

Natalie Wright

St Catherine’s Hospice,

Throxenby Lane,

Scarborough