A Carer’s Journey

FREE workshops for carers and ex-carers

Looking after someone who would not be able to manage without your help?

A Carer’s Journey can help you:

● Gain the confidence caring for someone at home
● Balance your life with your caring role
● Get support with practical and emotional challenges of caring or being an ex-carer.

The caring role can be extremely challenging and changeable, with often little to prepare you from any previous experience you may have had. Whether you have just become a carer, been one for several years or your caring role has ended, the ‘Carer’s Journey’ workshops are specially designed to support your caring role at the different stages of being a carer.

The Carer’s Journey programme has been created in a partnership between Action for Carers Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire Adult learning (OAL).

Watch this introduction to A Carer’s Journey from Sue Funge, Curriculum Manager at Oxfordshire Adult Learning and ex-carer:

“Being a carer can be an all-absorbing role whereby the carer is lost in their duties looking after a loved one. Carers go on a special journey that deserves support and time out to try and maintain some level of wellbeing whilst fulfilling this demanding role.’’ – Sue Funge

The aim of the programme is to support carers whilst they manage some of the most difficult challenges in life and offer an opportunity to gain support and hopefully to feel less isolated. It is organised into three phases:

Practical Caring at Home – three individual half-day workshops
● Safer Moving & Handling
● Individual Care at Home
● First Aid at Home – view the video below for an insight into this course:

Balancing Life and Caring – five individual half-day workshops
● Building Resilience
● Emotional Literacy
● Mindfulness
● Yoga for Relaxation
● Aromatherapy and Massage – view the video below for an insight into this course:

Reclaiming Me – six-week course (two hours per week)
A short course that supports the practical and emotional challenges associated with change and life after caring. When we face the loss of someone we love, our feelings are often overwhelming, and we can’t imagine how we will ever cope. We may also face difficult emotions when we need to make the tough decision to move our loved one into a residential care home, nursing facility or other care environment. Whatever the reasons, we are facing unwanted change and loss and it is hoped that this short course may act as a personal toolkit to help you come to terms with these changes.

“It has given me so much I can take forward to help process my grief and to have hope in the future while acknowledging my loss.” – Carer feedback from Reclaiming Me

Find out more or sign up for FREE
Workshops are free and available to those aged 19 and over, and you can attend the whole programme or just pick the workshops most relevant for you. Workshops are available throughout 2019 around Oxfordshire, including Banbury, Witney and Abingdon.

We recommend the full journey but it’s up to you; you can choose whatever workshops would be most helpful to you, whether it is a specific part of the journey or workshops that are in your local area. Use the buttons below to find the most relevant courses to you:

CARER'S JOURNEY (EXTENDED LIST) CARER'S JOURNEY (ABINGDON) CARER'S JOURNEY (BANBURY)
CARER'S JOURNEY (WITNEY) AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE BUILDING RESILIENCE
EMOTIONAL LITERACY FIRST AID AT HOME INDIVIDUAL CARE AT HOME
MINDFULNESS RECLAIMING ME SAFER MOVING AND HANDLING AT HOME
YOGA FOR RELAXATION

 

Get a £50 carer bursary for other Adult Learning Courses

Maybe you’ve always wanted to join a pottery course, or learn a new language, or find out more about your family tree? Action for Carers Oxfordshire can sponsor carers up to £50 against the cost of one of our many part-time courses too! Call them on 01235 520463 to find out more or click here to browse part-time courses.

How can I find out more?

To get general support with looking after a family member, friend or neighbour who could not manage without that help, please visit the Carers Oxfordshire website.