Through this programme we have learned a lot and we have learned that we have to live with it like other people. They’re coping as well; we should cope and think positive. If you think negative and just sit down and cry and be depressed, that is not going to help” (Carer of person living with dementia)
“I have learned something from everyone, including how to be more positive and set goals to achieve more. We have enjoyed a lot of laughter and some sadness – to meet others with similar issues has been a good thing.”  (Parent of child with autism)
"The HOPE course was excellent. It enabled me to meet other people in similar situations to myself. It made me realise I was not on my own and that you can deal with cancer and hopefully come out stronger at the other end. The support from the two tutors was wonderful. As cancer survivors they understood all the emotions you go through and could often need support. They also showed there is life after cancer. I feel this course was an enormous help to me, and would also help many other cancer sufferers. There was real understanding in this course.” (Person living with and affected by cancer)
"I feel that the course has helped me to alter my thinking, my emotion and the way I perceive things. I am able to think, plan and analyse things more." (Carer of person living with cancer)
For me, the course taught me tools that I applied in my life, I share the tools with others. I had not planned to be alive at age 49 or 50. I had been worrying for 15-18 years that I would not be here today. But here I am!  This program gave me the guidance on how to deal with life as I age. For me it was all about breaking problems down and learning how to be proactive. The tools have really taught me that I can be self-sufficient and mange my health and my life.” (Person living with HIV)
"We learnt how to think so much more positively about our feelings for MS – how to turn our negative thoughts into positive ones, how to communicate better with people, how to deal with problems caused by stress, depression, arguments and illness by talking/relaxing/diet/exercise/breathing exercises and especially how to say NO thus taking back some control over our own lives. We set ourselves a goal each week, and achieving it gave a good feeling of successes! In fact there were so many ways to help ourselves instead of relying on others and we gave each other lots of helpful suggestion in how to cope! If the opportunity arises for anyone to take part in a similar course at any time I would heartily recommend joining in. It has been a really worthwhile and helpful experience. My thanks to all concerned." (Person living with MS)
I enjoyed the coming together with others in a similar situation, being able to talk about the caring experience to people sympathetic and able to suggest possible solutions and without feeling guilty about ‘boring’ them.(Carer of person living with dementia)

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