Carers' Hearts CICSupporting the emotional wellbeing of unpaid carers throughout their caring journey
Our Support for You
Carers’ Hearts CIC is for every unpaid carer, wherever you are in the global caregiving family!.
Whether you think you may be taking on a caring role in the future; you have started your caring journey and are already caring for one or more loved ones or friends; you are an employer who wants to support their employees or whether your active caring has ended and beyond.
Unpaid carers come in all shapes and sizes! It doesn’t matter who you are caring for or for how long or how many loved ones you are caring for. Whether the role is full-time or part-time; whether you live with the cared-for-person or care remotely. Whether you even think of yourself as a carer or not, you are welcome.
Being an unpaid carer can make additional demands on you non-carers might not think about. When you take or took on a caring role, you may still wish or need to continue to work or run your business. Continuing in a job or role when you start caring is a significant part of your identity and who you are, as well as providing psychological and financial benefits. However, you may be reluctant to share this new responsibility with your colleagues or employers and that can be isolating and distressing.
As active or former carers ourselves we understand that you can experience often-conflicting emotions and feelings, sometimes overwhelming you like multiple waves crashing over you, without giving you time to take a breath in between.
We will support you with building emotional resilience and to understand and to work on your psychological wellbeing.
Carers’ Hearts CIC is here for you and those who support you; both now and the future, whether at home, in the workplace or if you just want to feel like you every now and again.
Services and Products
We understand that everyone has different learning styles and that, as a carer, the opportunities to develop your knowledge or learn new skills may be limited.
All videos will have captions and transcripts can be provided, if required and there will be a variety of downloadable worksheets, as well as notes, further reading resources and ebooks.
So, with that in mind, we will be creating:
- blog posts
- podcast episodes
- regular free webinars
- a variety of short, free workshops
- paid community with courses and group coaching sessions, if you would like more in-depth training, plus direct support through the community forum.
- provide practical advice and guidance to entrepreneurs and business owners to support their carer employees
Co-founder & Coaching Psychologist
After a long and rewarding career in two UK police services, Lynne retrained as a professional coach, completed an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology and took the challenging decision to leave her career to become a full-time caregiver for an elderly relative and co-founded Carers’ Hearts CIC with Lorna.
As an active caregiver, she now uses her research experience, adult education training and coaching knowledge and experience to support other carers throughout their caring journey, a career passion that enables her to continue to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
Co-founder & Coaching Psychologist
Building on decades of experience coaching, mentoring and assessing young adults, students and executives, Lorna complemented her degree in Behavioural Sciences by completing an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. Lorna has experience of the caring role in her family and using her knowledge is actively supporting other carers.
As an experienced coach and Positive Psychology Practitioner, Lorna is passionate about positive education and lifelong learning. She is a committee member for the North West branch of the British Psychological Society and co-founder of Carers’ Hearts CIC with Lynne.
In this post I discuss how, even without noticing it, self-medicating with alcohol or prescription medicines can be our ‘go-to’ way to deal with the emotional and psychological pressure of being an unpaid carer and how to manage it.
In this last of a four-part series on building emotional resilience, I chat with a Positive Anger Management expert, Tanya Heasley, about how to identify it and some practical resources to help you to manage it.
In this third part of a four-part series on building emotional resilience, I am talking about ‘carers’ grief’, how it is different to bereavement grief and outline some practical resources to help you to manage it.
In this second part of a four-part series covering four of the most prominent emotions carers experience throughout their caring journey: guilt, resentment, grief and anger and today we are discussing with resentment.
This empathically and cleverly written book, will not only make you laugh, but will break the ice on topics that are difficult but need to talked about to remove the feeling of isolation and inadequacy carers can often feel.
In this first part of a four-part series on building emotional resilience, I am talking about probably the most common emotion, ‘carers guilt’, how it can show up in our lives and provide exercises and activities to help reduce its power.
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