Easing the strain for carers

Every month, carers in North Herts are given the chance to share their concerns by engaging in sessions facilitated by a trained counsellor.

The sessions, run by the Comet’s Charity of the Year Crossroads Care, aim to alleviate the strains often felt by carers.

At a recent session, Elaine Wight from Counselling in Herts visited the group and ran a session.

She said: “Working with Crossroads and providing group and one-to-one support to carers has enabled me to learn more about the challenges faced by carers in their daily lives. I thoroughly enjoy working with the group and admire the work that Crossroads do in the local community. It is so pleasing when a one-off comment about loneliness turns a negative into a really positive outcome. I am delighted to be part of the work that Crossroads do in making a difference.”

The group has also recently started up a monthly Sunday lunch club where carers can meet up and get out of the house for a couple of hours and enjoy lunch with friends.

Jo Wilkinson, executive assistant for Crossroads Care said: “At a recent session one of them mentioned the loneliness she feels on a Sunday spending time on her own and thinking about what other people are doing – enjoying time out and having fun. This led to a conversation about setting up a monthly Sunday lunch club. One of the Crossroads’ volunteers gladly agreed to organise the outings and already a group of six carers are signed up to the idea.”

To find out more about the services offered by Crossroads Care or the Carers’ Cafe email info@hertfordshirecrossroads-north.org.uk

To find out more about the services offered by Elaine Wright visit www.counsellingherts.co.uk