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FAQs on Activities & Events

Can I attend more than one Carers’ Support Group?

You can attend as many groups as you like.  Groups have been organised in different locations around the County.  Each group is different as some like the group to be informative with speakers and others just want to meet for a chat with like minded people.  Many good friendships have been formed through attending carers' groups so do give them a try! 

Can I use my Carer’s Assessment for complementary therapies or gym membership?

Yes.  The grant is to enable carers to have real time off from their caring role and reduce the impact of caring on their health and well being. Joining a gym or having a complementary therapy treatment would be an excellent way of achieving this.

How can I meet other carers?

Check our newsletter or website for details of carers groups in your area.  If there is not a group near you and you know a few carers who would like to start a group, contact Support for Carers Leicestershire and we will give you all the support and encouragement we can.  We can help to find a venue, apply for funding and contact other carers in the area to promote the group.

If you are unable to leave the person you care for you may like to consider having a Telephone Befriender so you have someone to talk to outside of the family.

What are the benefits of having a Telephone Befriender?

A Telephone Befriender is a volunteer who will call you once a week or once a fortnight for an opportunity for a friendly chat or to ‘get it all off your chest’.  The phone calls are confidential and the same befriender will call you each time so you get to know each other.  Although the calls are made on the same day each time it is not a commitment to be at home.  If you are not at home the befriender will just try you the following week.  Carers who use the service say how nice it is to know someone is taking the time to really listen and show an interest in their lives.

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Support for Carers Leicestershire is funded by Leicestershire County Council. However, we rely on donations to enhance the services we provide for carers in the area. If you would like to support us please contact us.