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15 Mar 2017 Care

Share & Care Roadshow

In collaboration with Carers Count, Kirkwood Hospice held a unique Share & Care Roadshow event earlier in March. Aimed at people who provide care for those with life-limiting illnesses, the event taught new skills and offered vital advice and support on a range of topics.

On the morning of Wednesday 1st March 2017, Kirkwood Hospice, together with Carers Count, held its first Carers Roadshow at Carers Count in the centre of Huddersfield.

The new event was an opportunity for those looking after someone to hear from a team of knowledgeable and experienced Health and Social Care Professionals. The Roadshow provided talks, advice and support on various subjects.

The session also gave carers the chance to share experiences and offer support to one another in an open and friendly group environment.

On the day, a range of sessions were available including Fatigue Management, Coping Strategies and Moving and Handling for Carers, all of which were delivered by Ginny Burgoyne, Occupational Therapist at Kirkwood Hospice, and Julie Roome from Carers Count.

Mindfulness exercises were also delivered; an activity which is all about breathing space, being present in the moment and taking time out to refocus the mind.

Kirkwood Hospice Occupational Therapist, Ginny Burgoyne, delivering a Mindfulness session.


Refreshments were also on offer, as well as a positive reinforcement message on the door for attendees as they left the session, which read:

“I can’t promise to fix things or make everything all right, but what I can promise is that you don’t have to face things alone.”

Catherine Thompson, Social Worker at Kirkwood, who helped to organise the event, is delighted at the turnout and at the positive feedback she has received from carers.

"The Share & Care Roadshow has proved to be a great opportunity to meet new carers, share our experiences and develop new skills and new ideas in a friendly, supportive environment." Catherine Thompson

She said: “The Share and Care Roadshow has been a real success. It has proved to be a great opportunity to meet new carers, who might not have been able to access Hospice services in the past, share our experiences and develop new skills and new ideas with each other in a friendly, supportive environment.

“Carers Count made us feel very welcome and we hope to be back very soon for another Roadshow event”.

Find out more about the Share & Care Group at Kirkwood by clicking here.

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