There are many amongst us that are taking care of a family member, a neighbour or a friend who is unwell. We do not always see ourselves as ‘carers’; we say “I’m her sister”, “I’m her husband”, “his daughter” – “off course I take care of him/her when they are unwell.”
Yet, sometimes the caring role is overwhelming, isolating and hard, even if it is difficult to admit this to ourselves and to others. More often than not it takes its toll on us if we don’t get the right support.
Most important of all is the support we can give each other in the community, by providing advice, information and a space to socialise and interact with others who are often struggling with the same kind of issues and who understand the challenges we face. The sharing of experiences with others, may strengthen our ability to cope and does make a real difference.
If you recognise yourself in the above or want more information about the Carers’ Support Group please contact Tirza Waisel at Tirza.firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7535 0278 or Rabbi Helen Freeman at Helen.email@example.com 020 7723 4404.