Help Overcome Problems Effectively (HOPE) is a licensed programme developed by Coventry University and Macmillan Cancer Support and has been designed to help carers improve their physical and emotional well-being.
HOPE is an interactive, group based, self management support course, which runs for 6 weeks , with each weekly session lasting 2.5 hours. It is for groups of between 6 and 12 and is free to attend.
The sessions are run by trained HOPE facilitators who are either health or social care professionals or trained volunteers who have had a cancer experience.
Adults, aged 18 and over, who care for someone who has had or is living with cancer.
The course provides a supportive, friendly, confidential, 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 or after cancer can bring.
The course deals with:
If attending a 6-week programme may be difficult for you to commit to, shortened versions of this programme are available in some areas. Time & Space is a single 3 hour workshop that aims to support you with some essential skills and coping mechanisms.
For more information on HOPE courses in your area, e-mail the relevant contact for your location, below: