Carers’ group

Ringwood Carers’ Group

Carers (with or without their ‘cared-for’) can drop in for a chat and helpful information from professionals every month. The Group is hosted by members of Churches Together in Ringwood & District.

Time: Second Thursday morning of the month

Location: The Trinity Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood

Ringwood Carers’ Group was set up some ten years ago by Churches Together in Ringwood and District. Its aims are to offer support, information and relaxation to those who care for relatives, friends or neighbours (in a voluntary capacity, rather than paid care workers). There are over 1100 carers in the Ringwood area. Often “caring” is just drifted into – a husband or wife begins to have problems and needs more looking after, so “the other half” takes the strain (and strain is what it can soon become). Sometimes the need for caring happens suddenly and shockingly, perhaps through an accident or illness like a stroke. But also, parents have to care for children with problems, or children for parents and so on. The strain is just as great.

Ringwood Carers’ Group meets monthly at the Trinity Centre and offers an opportunity for carers to share their experiences – and discover they are not alone – and to gain valuable information as to what help is available. The group is now supported by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and one of their outreach support staff is usually able to come to meetings. Sometimes, too, there are outings, and occasionally speakers – either on “useful” subjects like Powers of Attorney or on “fun” subjects.

Members of Churches Together take turns to serve the coffee, and their AGM nominates three members of the committee. Contact Anne Osborne, 476327, or go to www.ringwoodcarers.org.uk

 

Further information: www.ringwoodcarers.org.uk or email anne@ringwoodparish.org.uk