What are support groups?
Our support groups run regularly all over Surrey.
Most are for ALL carers, and we have some specialist groups, e.g. for carers looking after someone with mental health issues. They’re open to anyone – family members, friends, neighbours – anyone in a caring role.
We can also signpost you to support groups outside of our organisation that provide support for specific conditions like the dementia cafés or Parkinson’s support.
Carers report that their caring role can make them feel lonely. Meeting up with other carers is a great way to fight that feeling of isolation.
What happens at a support group?
They are friendly, informal get togethers, sometimes with a guest speaker, where you can chat to others about your caring role, and give each other support.
- Share with others what it feels like to look after someone
- Have your own needs recognised and understood – it’s a time for YOU.
- Get information and learn more about support and local services
- Share ideas on looking after yourself and managing your caring role
- And what’s said in the group, remains in the group – it’s confidential
Support groups usually take place at places like community centres or cafes. There’s always tea/coffee on offer and Action for Carers staff there to support you too.
How do I find out about support groups?
On the Events page you’ll find a listing of all our support groups – remember to put in ‘Support Groups’ as the thing you’re searching for. You can also filter by location and type (eg parent carer, or all carers. We’d love to see you there!
Please remember that you need to register with us to attend a support group. Registering is quick and easy – please click the button below.
If you’d like more information, please give us a call on 0303 040 1234 (select option 1) or email us CSAdmin@actionforcarers.org.uk