Charities and organisations supporting carers
In Session 1 you met three carers who were able to access support from the charities Honeypot and Carers Trust. Find out more about each at the links below.
- – a children’s charity supporting young carers by providing respite breaks and outreach support.
- Carers Trust – a UK-based charity which works to raise awareness of unpaid carers by campaigning and influencing change.
Managing the demands of the caring role
There is lots of advice and guidance available online on how to manage the demands of being a carer. Some of the support, which was referred to in the course, is listed below.
- Daily sleep diary and rules for improved sleep hygiene – tips on how to improve sleep patterns
- Caring for your back – advice on how to look after your back as a carer
- Five tips on how to plan new self-care routines – information on self-care, what is it and how can you introduce it into your life?
- START (STrAtegies for RelaTives) – a set of manuals supporting the development of coping strategies for carers of people with dementia.
Physical activity guidance and support
In Session 2 several organisations were highlighted as offering support and guidance for physical activity participation. The links listed below offer further detail on this:
- Physical activity guidelines (infographics) for:
- Information and ideas for physical activity participation:
- a.Easy exercise suggestions from the NHS – ideas to get started with low level, more gentle forms of physical activity
- b.Being active during your working hours- information on how, and why, you can incorporate physical activity into the working day
- c.Physical activity with other carers – an example of a carers’ community gardening initiative
- d.Get fit for free – suggestions from the NHS on fee physical activity options
- e.Accessing physical activity from your home – a selection of online exercise options from Sport England
- f.Setting open goals for being physically active – try a different way of setting goals to help you to stay engaged in physical activity