Caring with Confidence: Hope for carers in 2010

My last post described how I was flattened by a failure to implement the part of the Government’s Carers Strategy focusing on respite care. In an attempt to bring hope back into my world, I thought that I would look at other parts of the Carers Strategy to see how they were being implemented.

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The Caring with Confidence programme offers courses for carers

Caring with Confidence is a free training programme which is available to carers aged 18+ in England. The aim is to help carers handle their caring role by offering courses on maximising resources, how to look after your own health and how to handle stressful situations.

7,347 feedback forms have been gathered since April 2009 and the results indicate it is very popular among carers. 61% of carers found the sessions excellent overall and a further 36% found them good. Feedback on the individual courses is also overwhelmingly positive with over 90% in every one saying it was good or excellent. Similar courses in Scotland also receive good feedback.

Our Carers’ Centres who deliver the courses praise the quality of the courses and trainers but say that the problem is getting enough carers to go. And the inability to access respite because of a failure to implement another part of the Carers Strategy may be contributing to this. There appears to be a recurring problem in reaching and engaging carers that we have not solved.

Improving this is another aim of the Strategy and an awareness raising campaign is being planned by the Government-funded Carers Direct, a national helpline and website gives information to carers on where they can get local support.

So has hope returned? I don’t think that you can do this job without a large dollop of it. Find out more about Caring with Confidence.

Take care folks,



January 7, 2010 - Posted by | Carers Strategy | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Hi, I completed the caring with confidence modules. I have been a Carer for many years, I felt the course was more suited to new Carers but there was still plenty there for me too!
    The relaxation techniques and money management was very helpful.
    I signed up and complete the course totally online at my own pace!
    Well worth it!
    maz x

    Comment by maz | January 7, 2010 | Reply

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