Free Self-Management Courses for Carers in NI


An elderly relative, a sick partner or a disabled family member; whoever it is, it’s likely that at some point we will all care for someone, and one day be cared for. Taking care of others is a part of life, but without the right support it can be a difficult thing to do.

Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, Arthritis Research UK will be running courses across Northern Ireland that are designed to help carers. The course, called Take Care, offers tips and techniques that will help to improve the health and wellbeing of carers.

The sessions are interactive and cover topics such as:

  • Self-management
  • Effective communication
  • Setting goals
  • Relaxation (visualisation)
  • Exercise and healthy eating
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Signposting to support
  • Relaxation (muscle relaxation)
  • Complementary therapy

Course classes will run for two hours, once a week for two weeks. Tea, coffee and scones will be provided, followed by a light lunch at the end of each course.

On completion of the second week, a complementary therapist will prove a taster session for reflexology, hand and arm massage and  acupuncture . provides a taster session for each participant. The course is for you, the carer, to concentrate on your needs, take time out for yourself, to look after your own health and wellbeing and to relax and unwind.

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