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.
Esmee has a strong track record of developing, delivering and evaluating impactful campaigns which bring about long term and sustainable change. She is also a qualified coach (ACC), working with individuals and organisations making this world better, more just and more beautiful. She’s delighted to be bringing all her skills to support Carers’ Heart to have real impact.
Esmee has a brother with a learning disability and from a young age has, with her family, providing emotional support, and she knows that one day she will be her brother’s main family carer.
The 3 emotional and practical phases of the caring journey and how to support yourself as you transition through them
This week I am sharing an overview of the three phases of the caring journey, what aspects of caring each one is likely to cover, why it is useful to know what challenges each phase might bring and finally, some resources, activities and exercises, to support you as you enter and transition between them.
This is a quick message to you all, wishing you, your loved ones and friends and peaceful holiday period.
For this festive post, I hope you can join me in celebrating how special you are, in caring for a loved one, often without recognition. Wherever you are in the world, the act of caring for another human being, is one of the most powerful and activities we are capable of.
In this post I am exploring how at certain times of the year, being a carer can mean that you might feel even more lonely, if we are unable to join others to celebrate these special times. I will explore more activities to help reduce the sense of loneliness or isolation.
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.
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