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)
Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more
Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating more healthily and physical activity)
Prioritising the important things in life
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?
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.
The Hope course for carers is run by Macmillan Cancer Support: Contact Macmillan Cancer Support for details about joining the next course.