Caring for someone who has had a stroke can be an isolating, draining and demanding experience.
The Stroke Carers Support Group gives carers a chance to meet other people going through the same experiences, such as how they sought and secured professional services. This peer support is what most carers find invaluable.
The sessions are informal and revolve mainly around social chat over a cup of tea or coffee. At times professionals will be brought in to discuss particular topics relating to caring for the condition, more general information sessions on other areas of interest (as requested by the members), as well as games and activities.
The aim is to provide a nice relaxed atmosphere in which carers can share their thoughts and support each other, while at the same time taking a much needed respite from their caring role.
The group is supported by Duncan, the group worker from Renfrewshire Carers, and meets in the Norcroft Medical Centre, 1-3pm, on the 4th Tuesday of every month.