These groups are run by staff members and are designed to give carers a break from their caring responsibilities. They enable carers to be open and honest about their feelings in a safe and supportive environment. These groups run throughout Calderdale on a monthly basis.
Carers attend the groups for many reasons.
- For someone to talk to
- For mutual support
- To meet other carers
- To let off steam
- For relaxation
- To cry or to laugh
- To make friends
- To get and share information
- To have a break from caring
Each group is different according to what those carers need and want. Some groups of carers prefer to laugh, joke and generally have a break from their caring role. Other groups prefer to discuss or offload the feelings and emotions that their caring situation brings about.
Nevertheless, at times, serious issues can arise. It may be possible to speak one to one with a staff member at the group, but this does depend on availability. Follow up arrangements can be made.
The Project runs Carers Support Groups throughout Calderdale in Halifax, Lower and Upper Valley, Sowerby Bridge. there is also a specific groups for Asian Women Carers.
To find out more or attend one of our Carers Support Groups call 01422 369101.
It is important that you call before attending for the first time.
Halifax Carers Group
1st Tuesday of the month, 1pm – 2.30pm. Held at VAC Resource Centre (opposite Elim Church), Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5BD.
Autumn 2014 dates: 5th August, 2nd September, 7th October.
Lower Valley Group
1st Thursday of the month, 1.30pm – 3.00pm. Held at Brighouse Library, Brighouse, HD6 2AF.
Autumn 2014 dates: 7th August, 4th September, 2nd October.
2nd Tuesday of the month, 11am – 12.30pm. Held at Todmorden Health Centre, Halifax Road, Todmorden, OL14 5RN.
Autumn 2014 dates: 12th August, 9th September, 14th October.
Asian Carers Group (Women Only)
3rd Tuesday of the month, 10.30am – 12.00noon. Held at Calderdale Carers, Rimani House, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5BD.
Autumn 2014 dates: no group in August, 16th September, 21st October.
Sowerby Bridge Group
3rd Wednesday if the month, 1.30pm – 3pm. Held at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Soewrby Bridge, HX6 2EQ.
Autumn 2014 dates: 20th August, 17th September, 15th October.
If you require a sitter to take care of the person you care for whilst attending groups, or if you require a taxi to attend a group, you must contact us to request this in advance (10 days in the case of sitters) on 01422 369101.