Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

Parent carers often overlook their own wellbeing in favour of caring for and supporting their child/children who have a disability or additional need. The children always come first, with parents often not realising that without their health care needs being met, then the children's care will become an issue in time.

Many parent carers will have ongoing health issues which get neglected until it reaches breaking point. For instance, mental health issues, stress, high blood pressure, confidence and self- esteem issues, to name just a few.

We believe that by providing information sessions around health and healthy eating and practical sessions of yoga, mindfulness and relaxation, parent carers will start to address their health and in turn to support the child / children and other family members to lead healthy lifestyles.

Yoga is proven to have so many health benefits, lower blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress, it is also an effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance.

This funding would fund a weekly Yoga session for up to 20 members, provide training for nutrition for as many members as possible and provide support to members in finding other activities and health benefits that may be available to them.

Parent carers also find that they benefit from monthly coffee mornings, where they can get support from WPCC staff and hear the experiences of other parent carers. We class this as a wellbeing event as members always leave feeling that they have:

A. Been listened too
B. Had some respite (however short)
C. Perhaps helped another member find the answers they so desperately needed.

WPCC is about supporting the whole family, which is why we provide family events too, this can be anything from water zorbing where all the family take part to art and craft sessions to bell boating. Everyone gets involved.
We also provide training for parent carers - first aid, dyspraxia, speech and language and autism talks are always popular with our members.

Worcestershire Parent and Carers` Community

Moment of Pride

I am proud to be part of WPCC as I can see how much the members are committed to caring for their child/children, often with disregard to their own health.
The group is very supportive of each other, and great friendships and support networks have been formed, it often feels like having extended f

Location: Worcestershire, UK