Living with a long term condition

07 May 2019

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Derbyshire Carers Association was founded by Gerry Fryer in 1988 following circumstances which found him in the caring position as described by himself here.

Once he realised how little support there was for Carers Gerry aimed for and met his aspiration for Carer support provision.

With the help of some other Carers, Derbyshire Carers Association gained it’s first paid employee in 1989, this has now grown to over 30 dedicated and passionate employees as well as a large number of volunteers.

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Living with a long term condition

A participant from Erewash said;
‘It opened my eyes to other paths and ways of improving my quality of life’
Local GP said;
‘I have had excellent feedback when I have referred people and they have all benefited in some way from attending the course’

NEW DATES

People from across Derbyshire with a long-term health condition are substantially benefiting from the courses which are supporting and encouraging participants to self-manage their conditions more effectively to live fuller more meaningful lives.

They have courses starting in May and June in Clay Cross, Eckington and Staveley

Please see below their timetable for all of the LWLTC courses taking place across Derbyshire from January 19 through to November 19. They still have availability for all the dates listed below but are filling places fast so if you have, or know of patients who are interested in attending please refer to them as soon as possible

Start Dates Time Location
Thursday 9th May 19 13.30 – 16.00 Tesco Community Room Clay Cross
Tuesday 28th May19 10.30 – 13.00 Ilkeston Fire Station Derby Road Ilkeston (FULL)
Monday 3rd June 19 11.00 – 13.30 Eckington Library Eckington
Thursday 6th June 19 12.30 – 15.00 Staveley Fire Station Staveley
Wednesday 18th September 13.00- 15.30 Salvation Army Hall Long Eaton
Tuesday 24th September 19 10.30 – 13.00 Alfreton Library Severn Square Alfreton
Wednesday 25th September 19 10.30 – 13.00 Swadlincote Fire Station Swadlincote
Friday 27th September 19 10.30 – 13.00 Bolsover Library Church Street Bolsover
Dates to be confirmed – Sept 19 Matlock
Thursday 10th October 19 13.30 – 16.00 Tesco Community Room Clay Cross
Wednesday 23rd October 19 13.00 – 15.30 Dronfield Library Manor House High Street Dronfield
Dates to be confirmed – October Amber Trust Ripley
Tuesday 5th November 19 10.30 – 13.00 Buxton Library Bank Road Buxton
Thursday 7th November 19 13.30 – 16.00 Chesterfield Fire Station Spires Walk Chesterfield
Friday 8th November 19 12.30 – 15.00 Ilkeston Fire Station Derby Road Ilkeston

The FREE six-week programme is delivered one day a week for 2.5 hours. It aims to support people with a long- term health or medical condition, to maintain their health and improve their quality of life. The course has been designed to help people with chronic or long term illness regain as much control over their physical and emotional wellbeing as possible. It compliments existing health care programmes and treatments, empowering participants to be more informed and take back control of their lives.

Topics covered include healthy eating, relaxation, appropriate physical exercise, dealing with pain, fatigue, stress and depression, and communicating effectively with friends, family and health professionals. It also provides a forum to meet with others and share experiences.

The LWLTC Programme is for anyone who has one or more long-term health conditions such as asthma, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), depression, diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart disease, sickle cell, HIV, ME/chronic fatigue, chronic pain or any other condition. The course is also available and has proved to be beneficial for carers of someone with a long term condition. The programme is delivered by two volunteer tutors who themselves live with long-term conditions and can give practical advice based on their own life experience.

Feedback has been great. People have said that the programme has really helped them to feel more positively about life, as well as advising on practical changes they can make to improve their wellbeing.

What people who have attended the courses say
• Great course able to share thoughts and feelings with like-minded people
• This was an excellent course providing a variety of strategies to help me live more effectively with a long term condition with all its accompanying problems and ongoing symptoms and issues. Both the tutors were brilliant and worked well together as a team.
• Course tutors Caring, Effective and always Positive
• It has helped so much and the tutors deliver the course in a fun and interesting way. I have learnt a lot
• It was good to meet people with the same problems due to their health and discuss these things
• I feel ready now to look for a job
• Due to this course I am more inclined to go out and Socialise with strangers as I have more confidence and have made friends

For further information or to reserve a space on one of the courses please return the referral form or alternatively you can contact them at; kziglam@citizensadvicesouthderbyshireandcity.org

Tel: 07487 257187 or 01283 210107

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