Forth Valley Sensory Centre

New Carer’s Group Starts 12th April

The Carer’s Group at Forth Valley Sensory Centre is getting a make over and a new start from 12th April. The group will be run on more of a drop in basis and is open to Carers with sight or hearing loss or people who care for someone with sight or hearing loss. This might be a husband or wife who cares for their partner or a parent who cares for a child with sensory loss.

The group is being redeveloped to encourage more people from different backgrounds to come along and get support. We are hoping the new group will be more of a drop in session for Carers and cared for people with help, advice and peer support from speakers and other attendees.

Sessions will run from 12pm to 2pm with a themed talk covering a key wellbeing topic for Carers, such as managing stress or getting the right financial assistance. There will be a healthy lunch of fresh homemade soup and a sandwich courtesy of our Café at 1pm and a chance to chat over any points raised or bring up any new questions or topics that you would like answered.

There is no need for sensory loss to be the primary condition either. Previous Carer’s Group members have included people with dementia, for who age related hearing or sight loss can be particularly problematic, autism and learning difficulties. Around 40 per cent of people with learning difficulties also have sensory loss and we would welcome anyone caring for a person with sensory loss to the group along with the person they care for.

The only stipulation is that you must be in the Falkirk Council Area as the Drop-in is funded by the Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership. You can read about the group here and see two of the attendees, Keith and Emma as well as reading Keith’s story on our website.

Carer's Group attendee Keith with Guide Dog puppy Elma.

Contact Brenda Whyte on 01324 590 888 or email sensory@forthvalleysensorycentre.org for more details.

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