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Helping Carers overcome stress in Fife

Published on 05/02/2014

Self help coaches at work. Photograph : LinkLiving Self-Help Coaches Rachel Riddle and Elaine Duff

A free supported self-help service specifically for Carers is available in Fife.

The service offers one-to-one sessions or group courses with experienced self-help coaches who teach a series of skills and techniques to help reduce signs of stress. The one-to-one sessions are offered at community venues and the group courses are delivered over three consecutive weeks in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and St Andrews.

The service, run by LinkLiving Ltd (part of the Link group) helps unpaid Carers affected by stress caused by the responsibilities and feelings that come with providing practical or emotional support to someone close to them. Caring for others can sometimes leave Carers feeling isolated, not able to cope, not sleeping well and feeling irritable, angry or emotional. Carers often feel stressed but they should feel reassured that it is acceptable to seek support.

When and where are the sessions?

The next group sessions start:

  • Tuesday 2nd September, 1.15pm – 2.45pm, St Andrews Community Hospital, St. Andrews
  • Monday 6th October, 11.30am – 1.00pm.West Bridge Mill, Kirkcaldy
  • Tuesday 4th November, 1.00pm - 2.30pm, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline

The service so far has proved invaluable to those who have used it:

‘It was so helpful finding out that I’m not the only one who feels like this’.

‘Excellent course, well delivered. I have benefited so much, many thanks’

‘this course was excellent. Clearly thought, friendly atmosphere, caring and very helpful’

Annette Rae, Service Development Manager, said:

“We know that many carers often feel isolated by having to look after family members or people close to them. We want them to know that they are not alone and this free service will hopefully help them identify stress and learn ways to overcome it.”

How do I find out more?

For more information on the supported self-help service please call 0845 002 0819 or complete the enqiry form on our contact us page.

Funding for the service was obtained from the Fife Carers Strategy.  The service commenced in April 2013 and will continue until 2014.

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