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Carers encouraged to take some time to themselves through new programme

15 February 2022
Derry City and Strabane District Council have launched a free virtual programme of activities and awareness sessions to help carers improve their physical and mental health.
The Care for Carers Project is supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA) and delivered in partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and the Western Health and Social Care Trust.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, welcomed the programme and urged carers to consider accessing the resources.
"Carers are often so busy looking after someone else that they can neglect their own health and wellbeing which can exacerbate an already challenging environment," he said. 
"This program will encourage carers to take some well earned time away from their role to relax and focus on themselves.
"There are lots opportunities to develop news skills and connect with new people through group activities so I'd encouraged carers to get involved by accessing the online programme."
Access and Inclusion Co-ordinator at Council, Caitriona Doherty, explained more about the initiative. 
"The aim of this project is to provide an online platform where carers can socialise and empathise with each other, while focusing on their own self-care," she said.
"There is a wide range of engaging, educational and fun workshops, activities and information sessions available over the next six weeks. 
"Carers will be given the opportunity to take part in Tai Chi, photography, cookery workshops and arts and craft workshops among other activities."
If you are a Carer and would like to find out more information about accessing the project visit www.derrystrabane/inclusion or contact [email protected]