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Revival Mornings at Nineveh Ridge: Caring for the Carers

(Worcestershire)

We have approximately 140 clients per week, made up of adults and children with learning disabilities, most on the autistic spectrum. We have a great number of phone calls during our week from family ‘carers’ who are in need of reassurance and support. We would very much like to be able to offer more formal support for these families.

Our goals:

  • To set up a new morning support group for family members caring for adult/children with special needs. The emphasis for these mornings is to make the CARERS feel CARED FOR. The mornings will include a choice of therapies: Reiki, Head massages, Aromatherapy, and manicures.
  • To offer family 'carers' 3 hours of time, when THEY are the centre of attention, rather than their disabled child, and to give them a chance to talk through worries with a counsellor, or to share concerns with others carers over coffee and cake. To allow these people to talk through their problems, share their worries and bond with other families, whilst offering them support.
  • To be able to point them in the right direction for information on council services, audio newspapers, volunteer carer groups, etc. We intend to build up a library of resources to help them find what they need.
£5k project Currently ranked 1 in Health, Disability and Social Care

How we will achieve our goals

This Award would allow us to trial this as a pilot scheme, with the long term plan being to apply for more extensive funding in the future to offer the sessions to more people.

Where the money will go

Our clients are all from our community, and therefore helping these families IS supporting our community.

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