Carers of people living with cancer


 

Is the HOPE carers course for you?

The HOPE carers course is an interactive, group-based, face-to-face self-management support course, which runs for 6 weeks, with each weekly session lasting 2.5 hours for groups of between 8 and 12 participants. The course has been developed by Coventry University and Macmillan Cancer Support.   Self-management is beneficial in many different ways. If you are the kind of person who benefits from the support of others HOPE is ideal for you. 

Self-management is beneficial in many different ways. If you are the kind of person who benefits from the support of others HOPE is ideal for you. HOPE facilitators go through a training programme but more importantly they have either been personally affected by cancer or are a cancer health professional.  The HOPE course provides a supportive, friendly group setting which will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to cope with many of  the frustrations, fears and sense of isolation that  caring for someone with cancer can bring. The course deals with:

  • Goal setting and action planning

  • Looking for solutions to problems

  • Stress management (e.g. mindfulness and relaxation)

  • Fatigue management

  • Emotional management

  • Identifying strengths

  • Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more

  • Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating more healthily and physical activity)

  • Prioritising the important things in life

  • Communication skills

How does HOPE help?

Our research has shown that after attending the HOPE carers course participants feel:

  • More confident and motivated

  • Less depressed and anxious

  • More positive and happy


What do participants and facilitators say about the HOPE carers course?

I have found the course to be very beneficial. It has given me the opportunity to re-assess my perspective on my life and my current difficult situation.
— Carer

It has made me feel a lot better about myself.
— Carer

I have benefitted from sharing my fears and realising I’m not alone.
— Carer

Just the difference it made to the carers from the first session and then seeing how much they changed and what they got from each other, you know, when it came to the sixth session. That was the most rewarding and beneficial thing to me.
— Facilitator

Benefits to organisations and commissioners

When participants attend this programme, they take a more active role in managing their health which can result in fewer consultations with healthcare professionals  and more effective use of healthcare resources.


Further Information

The Hope course for carers is run by Macmillan Cancer Support: Contact Macmillan Cancer Support for details about joining the next course. 


Are you interested in a bespoke HOPE course for the people you support?