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.
Scams, Frauds and Doorstep Crime education sessions at our Support Groups.
Becky from the Safer Project (West Yorkshire Trading Standards) will be offering advice and information to carers on how to protect themselves from different types of Scams & Frauds and Doorstep Crime. These interactive sessions will take place between August and November at the Support Groups across Calderdale. The dates are:
Scams & Frauds
Todmorden Group (Todmorden Health Centre), 11am on 11th August.
Sowerby Bridge Group (St. Paul’s Methodist Church), Sowerby Bridge, 1.30pm on 19th August.
Lower Valley Group (Brighouse Library), 1.30pm on 1st October.
Halifax Group (Voluntary Action Calderdale), 1.00pm on 6th October.
Halifax Group (Voluntary Action Calderdale), 1.00pm on 3rd November.
Lower Valley Group (Brighouse Library), 1.30pm on 5th November.
(Further dates to be confirmed.)
Support Group dates and venues for summer 2015:
Halifax Carers Group
1st Tuesday of the month, 1pm – 2.30pm. Held at VAC Resource Centre (opposite Elim Church), Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5BD.
Summer 2015 dates: 7th July, 4th August, 1st September
Lower Valley Group
1st Thursday of the month, 1.30pm – 3.00pm. Held at Brighouse Library, Brighouse, HD6 2AF.
Summer 2015 dates: 2nd July, 6th August, 3rd September
2nd Tuesday of the month, 11am – 12.30pm. Held at Todmorden Health Centre, Halifax Road, Todmorden, OL14 5RN.
Summer 2015 dates: 14th July, 11th August, 8th September
Asian Carers Group (Women Only)
Please contact Calderdale Carers for further details.
Sowerby Bridge Group
3rd Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm – 3pm. Held at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ.
Summer 2015 dates: 15th July, 19th August, 16th September
Saturday Carers Group
1st Saturday of the month, 11am – 12.30pm. Held at King Cross Library, 151 Haugh Shaw Road, King Cross, Halifax. HX1 3BG.
Summer 2015 dates: 4th July, 1st August, 5th September
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.