The groups range from locally based carers groups e.g. Paisley & Linwood, to specific condition carers groups for carers looking after people with mental health problems, young people with special needs and grandparents who are looking after their grandchildren.
Every group is different and has a support worker from the Centre who helps organise speakers, meeting rooms, organise tea/ coffee as well as pass on information, help in any way possible with problems or contact another member of staff who is more able to help. If you would like to join any of these groups, you do not need a formal invitation, just pop along on the day.
The Paisley Group meet in the Carers Centre the 3rd Tuesday of every month 1.00pm – 3.00pm and provides support to all carers.
The group will invite speaker along to tell them about services that are available to carers and the cared for, have speaker along to talk topics which may be of interest e.g. Evelyn Hood Local author has been along to the group to talk about her writing. Basically what the group wants we try to organise.
To take part in the group you can just go along on the day or if you’d rather, phone the carers centre and have a chat with our support worker who could arrange to meet you beforehand.
The Linwood Carers support group will now meet at Linstone Housing Associaion. The group will be held on the second Tuesday of every month, from 11am - 1pm .
This group of carers is made up of carers caring for people for people with different types of illnesses and disabilities. The carers come together to provide each other with support, information and general chat.
If you are interested in going along to the group either just pop in or contact Marie at the Carers Centre on 0141 887 3643.
Meets in Tannahill Medical Centre from 10.30am – 12.30pm. This group will be relaunched during carers week. If you require further information on the group please contact Marie on 0141 887 3643..
Grandparents Kinship Carers
Kinship Carers Support Group is for grandparents or other family members who are caring for children as their parents are unable to do so due to an illness, disability or addiction.
This support group meets on the last Tuesday of every month 11.30a.m. – 1.00p.m. in the Carers Centre.
The group offers support information advice, and a much needed break from the stress that this role creates.
If you are a kinship carer and do not wish to attend the group session but require some help and support our kinship carers worker, will meet you on a one to one basis. Just give the Centre a call and arrange an appointme.
Parent Support Group
Parent Carers are parents of a disabled child, young person, or dependent adult. Renfrewshire Carers Centre offers a support group for Parent Carers a daytime meeting which will take place 2nd Wednesday of every month 12.00pm-2.00pm and evening meeting which will take place 1st Wednesday of every month 7.00pm - 9.00pm.We offer a friendly meeting place for parents to meet and support each other. This helps reduce the isolation and stress associated with long term caring.
Alzheimers GroupSupport from other carers is a source of valuable emotional and practical support. The Alzheimers Carers Support group brings carers together letting them know they are not alone and giving them the opportunity to learn from and support each other.
On occasions various professionals will be invited to present on condition specific topics, along with general information sessions on other areas of interest, games activities and outings, all over a cuppa and biscuit.
The aim of the group is to provide carers with a level of personal peer support, information on services, how other carers accessed these, deemed them appropriate to their needs, as well as a much needed respite from your role as a carer by having fun and feeling more confident and comfortable.
“It is great to be able to talk to someone who you know understands the way you feel”
The group meets in the Northcroft Medical Centre, 1-3pm, on the 1st Thursday of every month. The group is supported by the Centre’s group support worker and Alzheimers Scotland’s information worker.
You are very welcome to just come along or to contact the centre for more information.
The Parkinson’s Carers Support Group aims to provide the carer with a little time out for themselves, while meeting other people in a similar position.
The ability to chat over a cuppa to other carers in an open, relaxed and safe atmosphere helps build your confidence in dealing with your caring role and enables the carer to feel both supported and less isolated.
All of the sessions revolve mainly around supporting each other, but can include condition related topics by guest professionals, general information on other areas of interest (based on requests by the group members) as well as games, activities, outings and chill out time from your role as a carer.
“The other carers have been a great support and really understand what I am going through”
We hope by running these sessions that you will feel more comfortable in your role, have a better understanding of the services available and how to access these, feel supported and capable of supporting others in their caring role.
The group has a support worker from Renfrewshire Carers, and meets in the Northcroft Medical Centre, 1-3pm, on the 3rd Thursday of every month.
Approximately 40% of all carers are male.
Being a carer can be very daunting as for some it can be a role reversal, an unfamiliar task, suddenly having to give up work, and a major lifestyle change. Many people still see caring as a more female orientation, so for many males in this role they feel isolated, can be less likely to seek support, which in turn can affect their ability to carry out their role.
This group allows members the ability to link with other male carers and discuss issues, services, create new friendships and potentially interests. After an initial meeting it was agreed that the sessions would be split between social activities and bringing in professionals, while always focusing on the value of peer support.
“I always felt a bit self conscious about going along to some of the support groups as there was never many men present. The male carers group has been great as I feel I can relax and be myself”
Outings and activities involving football, carpet bowls, cards, dominoes, lunch, have so far been suggested. More suggestions are welcome and will be discussed in the group.
The direction and activities are for you as a group to decide.Please come along, have some well deserved time out and hopefully fun, while feeling supported, less isolated and more confident in your role.
This group is supported by a Group Worker from the Carers Centre. The group meets the 1st Tuesday of every month, 1-3pm, in the Northcroft Medical Centre..
We now offer a support service, to people who were previously in a caring role but are now no longer caring perhaps because their loved one has passed away, through our former carers group.
This can be a hard time for you, as you find you have more time on your hands but have lost many of your friendships and identity in your role as a carer. Being able to come together to gain and provide other users with peer support will help you through this transition. This is a great opportunity to meet others in a similar position, socialise and discuss ideas for future groups, for example whether or not you would like information talks, informal chats or trips and activities.
“I felt lost when my husband passed away, didn’t know where to go or have anybody that I could go with."
The group will look at introducing you to new interests and friendships. The group meets 2nd Tuesday of every month 1.00pm – 3.00pm in Northcroft Medical Centre.
New Stroke Support Group
Caring for someone who has had a stroke can be an isolating, draining and demanding experience.
The Stroke Carers Support Group gives carers a chance to meet other people going through the same experiences, such as how they sought and secured professional services. This peer support is what most carers find invaluable.
The sessions are informal and revolve mainly around social chat over a cup of tea or coffee. At times professionals will be brought in to discuss particular topics relating to caring for the condition, more general information sessions on other areas of interest (as requested by the members), as well as games and activities.
“I have found out some many useful things by coming along to the group”
The aim is to provide a nice relaxed atmosphere in which carers can share their thoughts and support each other, while at the same time taking a much needed respite from their caring role.
We currently hold a Stroke Support Group at Northcroft Medical Centre; unfortunately it has been poorly attended lately so following up on discussions with Maureen Hunter from The Stroke Association, we have decided to jointly run a pilot joint support group from January 2017. Both the carer and cared for are welcome to attend. We shall trial this at the Embroidery Mill for 6 months starting on Monday 9th January from 1-3pm.
Parent/Carer Of Children ADD/ADHD Support GroupThe support group offers carers a friendly meeting place, access to relevant advice i.e. welfare benefits, other services and access to activities for parent carers and their children to help reduce the stress associated with long-term caring.