Helping carers find ‘me time’

A new pilot project has been launched at Doncaster’s hospice to give carers a chance to have ‘me time.’

The project, called ‘Time for You,’ is for carers who have loved ones using the services of St John’s Hospice, off Weston Road in Balby.

The monthly sessions offer carers the chance to take part in group relaxation, and other activities including arts and crafts, a visit to the hairdresser and support on accessing other services.

Places are limited to 12 carers per session, and they must book in advance. Sessions run from 1pm – 3pm.  Sessions are arranged for Tuesday 24 January, 28 February, 28 March, 25 April, 23 May and 27 June.

Joanne Brooks, Hospice Sister, said: “Carers work really hard looking after a loved one – many of them 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and they deserve a bit of ‘me time.’ We hope that by attending our sessions it will help them to find time to relax, think about themselves for a few hours, and have other carers to talk to.”

If you are a carer of a patient who attends the hospice in Doncaster, please contact Day Hospice nursing staff on 01302 798472 to book on a session.

The project will be reviewed after six months.