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Carers - Taking Control"



Please click the following link  to see a table of up and coming events for Carers.      

2015 April - July List of Events.docx

The "Taking Control" Self management Programme is a group workshop:

  • Lasting 2.5 hours,
  • Once a week,
  • For 6 weeks.

The programme aims to help people with long term health conditions, or those caring for them, develop the skills and confidence needed to better manage their situation day to day and beyond.

During each session participants look at ways to help manage the effects of their long-term condition or caring situation such as:

  • Dealing with pain and tiredness
  • Dealing with feelings of frustration, depression and isolation
  • Learning relaxation techniques and increasing physical activity
  • Encouraging healthy eating
  • Communicating with family and health professionals
  • Reviewing appropriate use of medication
  • Planning for the future

Who can take part?

Anyone living with long term chest, heart or stroke related conditions. Partners and carers can also attend.

How can the "Taking Control" Self management Programme help me?

By taking part you will learn skills to help manage your health condition as well as developing confidence in yourself.

You will also meet other people who share similar experiences and understanding of living with a long term condition.

"My long term condition has controlled my life for 12 years; I feel now that I can control it"

"My health has improved over the 5 weeks, my confidence improved and I intend to continue exercising."

“I have learnt to stop being so stubbornly independent and I am able to ask for help now.  I feel much more positive in myself. 

“This was the first time I shared with anyone how I was really feeling about things and that in itself has helped. But what helped ever more was knowing that I am not alone and that there are things I can do to take more control back.”

For further information contact  Gail Gibson, NICHS Co-ordinator at 028 9032 0184








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