Home carers – someone is thinking of you at the National Extension College

June 29, 2009

Home carers who want to explore ways in which they can develop their important skills are being offered the space in which to so by the National Extension College – and it won't cost them a penny!

In collaboration with the government-backed "Caring with Confidence" scheme which aims to boost the self-esteem of people who care for others – often with little recognition by the outside world – the college has launched a study programme which can be taken by post, online or through local groups at neighbourhood centres.

Dr Mary Edmunds, client services manager at the Cambridge-based college, phoned the ME Association to ask us to help spread the word.

She said: "One of the key groups we are trying to reach is full-time carers who just don't have the time to join formal study sessions. Through a system of seven workbooks, which can be posted out or studied online, they can work through a number of issues at their own pace and have telephone access to a mentor."

The workbooks cover topics like how to take care of yourself, how to plan from day-to-day (including discussion about medication and emergencies that might occur in the home) and how to juggle with competing priorities – including other aspects of life.

The courses are free, but they are only available to carers living in England who must be over the age of 18.

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