Free carers course in Canford Magna
OAKLEY Friends, a volunteer based group of carers and ex-carers of dementia patients based in East Dorset have a course coming up next month. They aim to provide support and helpful advice to carers to enable them to cope with the difficult tasks ahead of them.
Twice a year they run a ten week course for carers covering a wide range of topics. The courses are free and open to informal carers of dementia patients. They have on average 12 carers on each course. The next one starts on 9th October from 10.30-12.30pm at the Canford Magna Centre in Oakley Lane, Canford Magna and ends in December. Topics covered include: Social Services, The Legal Aspects of Caring, Citizens Advice Bureau, What is a CMHN, Forms of Dementia, Occupational Therapy, Memory Advice, Alzheimer’s Society, mobility aids and the Life Line aids.
Many carers who have attended the courses then become part of Oakley Friends. Membership is by a suggested annual donation to funds of £10. The Friends meet on the last Wednesday of each month - also at the Canford Magna Centre. The meeting starts with a friendly get together with tea/coffee and biscuits and discussion either with a professional speaker or self help advice.
They also organise three to four social events a year. Recent trips include a cream tea at a garden centre, a trip to the Blue Pool and a fish and chip lunch. They also meet for a Christmas lunch each December.
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Their funds have also provided various items of equipment such as special wheelchairs and hoists.
If you would like to find out more or book a place on the next course visit www.oakleyfriends.co.uk or contact Sue Pethick on 01202 622212, Judy James on 01202 880114, Judy Ward on 01202 245899 or Marian Ward on 01202 896649.