Coach4Care: support for carers, by carers

Carers

Peer led coaching support from Coach4Care

What is Coach4Care?

Coach4Care is a programme which trains ex-carers to become support coaches for current carers.

Those who care for a person who is approaching the end of their life quickly learn how to meet the practical needs of their loved ones, but we know that many lack meaningful emotional support and have a hard time sustaining their energy and resilience whilst caring. We believe that ex-carers are perfectly placed to support current carers in these areas. They truly understand what it’s like to be in that situation, and can offer unique and personal insight from their own experiences with the benefit of coaching experience so they can really work with you.

How does it work?

Ex-carers are trained in coaching skills and then go on to hold regular 1:1 sessions with current carers. These sessions are a safe space in which current carers can reflect on their situation and identify opportunities to improve their circumstances before taking action to improve both their own mental and emotional wellbeing and the wellbeing of those who they care for.

Sessions can be conducted face-to-face, over the phone or via video call – whichever suits the coach and carer best, for a course of six sessions. If face-to-face meetings are preferred, we recommend that they happen somewhere in the carer’s local community, away from their home if at all possible.

I’d like to receive coaching!

Would you like flexible support at a time that suits you, delivered by a coach who has been in your shoes?
If the answer is yes, then please get in touch with our Carers Development Lead via email at Carers@stchristophers.org.uk or by phone on 07720 669 151.

I’d like to be a coach!

Have you cared for someone in the past and would now like draw on your experience to support others? If you can commit to giving an hour of your time every week for approximately 6-12 weeks (plus training!), then we’d love to hear from you.

If you’d like to find out more about how we support carers, please get in touch with our Carers Development Lead via email at Carers@stchristophers.org.uk or by phone on 07720 669 151.

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