At Back on Track we offer various support options for carers. We recognise the impact that being in a caring and supportive role can have on you. Evidence has shown this role often brings with it increased stress and low mood.
As well as our general therapy options, we offer a specific workshop for carers called Keeping the Balance.
We offer online therapy for people who'll struggle to make face to face appointments due to their caring responsibilities.
Commitment to carers
Back on Track is signed up to the Triangle of Care, a national programme developed by staff and carers to ensure collaboration between service users, professionals and carers.
This workshop is a one-off, 2-hour session. During the session we aim to:
- Provide a chance to share and reflect on the challenges of being a carer with others in a similar role
- Look at the ways in which people have developed strategies to help themselves cope with these challenges, realising that experience develops expertise in carers. We help carers to support each other, by making suggestions to and receiving suggestions from others in the group
- Signpost carers to other in-house groups and workshops, helpful external groups and organisations
- Provide psycho-education on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) techniques most relevant to the concerns raised by the group, including mindfulness and relaxation.
Carers who’ve used our service have highlighted our relaxation and mindfulness one-off workshops as particularly helpful. They are also less time consuming than a course of therapy for people who already have busy schedules.
As well as the online therapy options and workshops, we also make our service more accessible to carers by offering workshops in more familiar settings.
We work with the Carers Network to offer our workshops at their venues, where possible.
Carers Network – Hammersmith and Fulham Carers Support Group
The Carers Network supports unpaid adult carers looking after someone over 18 who’s living in Hammersmith and Fulham. They can offer support with carers’ assessments and carers’ personal budgets. They also offer services for when a caring role may be coming to, or has come to, an end, as this can be a difficult transition.
They also offer support groups that meet at locations across Hammersmith and Fulham. These informal groups give carers a chance to meet other people in similar situations, to talk about their experiences and alleviate some of the isolation felt by many carers.
Tel: 020 8960 3033
Visit the Carers Network website.
Action on Disability
This service supports adults, their families or carers who may be entitled to or are receiving adult social care. Hammersmith and Fulham Action for Disability (HAFAD) provides the service, which is available to those who live in or use Hammersmith and Fulham Council services.
This is a UK-wide organisation that provides information on how to get a carer’s assessment and cope as a carer. It also provides an online forum for people to add their experiences, and read about others’ experiences, for support. They also offer an expert telephone advice and support service.